At a loose end on Valentine’s Day, Alex Aldridge signs up to several websites aimed specifically at members of the legal profession who are looking for love
Single? Find yourself attracted to like-minded people? Well, you’re probably already on one of the niche lawyer dating websites which keep appearing. For those who aren’t, I joined a few this morning, nipped out for a date over lunch, then raced back to Legal Cheek headquarters to write a blog recounting my experiences.
The first sites I found were Lawyerflirts.com and Datelawyer.com. They’re a bit of a cheat, because after you sign up you’re sent through to millionairematch.com where I couldn’t spot a single lawyer. I did, however, find lots of smooth-talking businessmen, including London-based ‘DancingLover 60’ who has “a big heart and small ego, a sense of humour and a scents of Armani.”
There’s a suspicious lack of lawyers on Dating4lawyers.com, too. Most of the users seem to be either after someone with loads of cash, or are themselves in receipt of riches which they are crudely seeking to exploit in their quest for a partner who’s hotter than them.
So how do lawyers find other lawyers to go on dates with?
From what I recall of Guardian Soulmates, the lefty romance medium which hosted my own sortie into the world of online dating a few years ago, it’s crawling with lawyers. The trouble is, alive to the realities of the profession, the lawyers on the site don’t tend to want to go out with others of their kind. From what I’ve heard, solicitors, barristers and of course legal executives who use Match.com – whose general counsel, Curt Anderson, was profiled today in the US magazine Corporate Counsel, incidentally – are similarly minded.
However, Profdate.com – a dating site whose users’ reverence for ‘the professions’ approaches religious levels – is different. Its lawyer section (pictured below) is full of legal eagles desperate to net an industry buddy. During my fictional lunch date, one of these individuals, who had a Legal Futures tattoo on her neck, told me that her goal was “to create a new generation of super lawyer which is ideally genetically equipped to roam the post Legal Services Act landscape going forward.”