Yesterday, left-wing firebrand Laurie Penny insulted senior solicitors everywhere with this distressingly inaccurate tweet:
The public school-educated socialist clearly doesn’t keep track of Britain’s law firms’ annual financial results – which, even in the midst of a recession, have seen profit per equity partner at the leading outfits reach comfortably in excess of £1million. And that’s just in one year.
Even at much smaller firms, many partners end up millionaires several times over.
“Penny’s comment is deeply disappointing,” one disbelieving partner was overheard to have said yesterday. “Being a solicitor is an incredibly high status role. Unfortunately, Bar-focused legal dramas like Silk too often paint a lopsided picture of the profession.”
The question remains, though, as to which firms Penny’s solicitor parents work for (several hours of fruitless searching yesterday failed to yield a result). If you’re reading, Mr and Mrs Penny, do drop us a line.