International outfit’s HQ targeted by vandals
A building home to some of Hill Dickinson’s top legal minds has been targeted by lawyer-hating vandals.
Using what looks like black spray-paint, someone has scrawled “FUCK LAWYERS!” at the main entrance of the international law firm’s Liverpool headquarters. The office — in No.1 St. Paul’s Square building — is the workplace of about 700 Hill Dickinson staff.
Tweeting an image of the rude daubing earlier today, 1 King’s Bench Walk’s Philip Marshall QC said: “Ah yes. Feel the love….”.
Ah yes. Feel the love….? pic.twitter.com/q2fZcHpgiy
— PJM QC (@pjm1kbw) March 15, 2017
Legal Cheek understands that the firm was one of a number of businesses targeted in the area over the weekend, including banks. A spokesperson for Hill Dickinson told us:
We are aware of the graffiti and are currently in the process of removing it.
Fortunately the legal Twitterati didn’t take the anti-lawyer scribble too personally. Julian Young, a solicitor-advocate specialising in criminal law, questioned the vandal(s)’ motive, tweeting:
@pjm1kbw An order, offer or expletive?
— Julian Young (@TheLWA) March 15, 2017
Elsewhere, Dr Jennifer Kavanagh — a self-confessed “law nerd” — suggested lawyers could spin this into a positive.
@pjm1kbw lawyers should always be able to interpret things in their favour ??
— Dr Jennifer Kavanagh (@quiatimet) March 15, 2017
Finally, one Twitter user couldn’t resist pointing out that the culprit may be requiring the services of a lawyer very soon.
@pjm1kbw Right up until the point that the person is in trouble and needs a lawyer ….
— John Slater (@AmateurFOI) March 15, 2017
This isn’t the first time the legal profession has been on the receiving end of a spray-paint can. Last month 31-year-old Puya Nasr Esfahani was banned from the High Court after he was found guilty on one charge of criminal damage for vandalising the historic court’s stonework.
One spray-painted message read, “Accept Bribe All the time” (sic), while another said, “if you dont pay we will Kill you” (sic). A further line stated, “who ever pays will be happy.”
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