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Today, as I was taking a very unpleasant walk through the wind, I walked past a legal office. I can't remember the name of the senior member of the firm, so let us call her Jane Smith. Here is what the sign said:

Jane Smith & Associates
Barrister and Solictor

This bugged me for the remaining ten minutes of my walk. Jane Smith & Associates implies at LEAST three people, so how can they be barrister and solicitor? Barristers and solicitors, yes. Barristers and solicitor, or barrister and solicitors even. Or even barrister and solictor (+ others).

But Jane Smith and her associates CANNOT between them, comprise only a barrister and a solictor.

It's a good thing it rained so I couldn't walk back to uni again as I'd intended. If it had, I might well have gone inside to protest.


Sep. 7th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC)
oops, rather than saying 'Australian sole practitioners tend to give their firm name as "[First name][Surname] and Associates"', I should say 'Australian sole practitioners can and do sometimes give their firm name as "[First name][Surname] and Associates"'
I actually had a look on the Law Institute of Vic website - there's still quite a few sole practitioners around who do that...weird, eh.
Sep. 7th, 2006 08:40 am (UTC)
I expect there's a pressing legal reason why she has to be gramatically incorrect.

But it irks me no end.
Sep. 7th, 2006 10:02 am (UTC)
Nah, I don't think there's a pressing legal reason...just the weight of grammatically incorrect tradition, lol. I think it is very odd that sole practitioners do that - i recall being irked when I was doing practice questions with that all over it.

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