Mr Slipaczek’s letter is absolutely outrageous. As it happens, I am very keen to help people and provide free generic advice and have done so for the past 15 years.
I have been involved very closely with other organisations such as The Citizen’s Advice Bureaux and, more particularly, the Chartered Insurance Institute, where I helped set and edit questions for many years. Admittedly, there was a fee but it was not large. I have also helped the Consumers’ Association, often without payment.
What is wrong with giving pro bono advice? Surely, it is incumbent upon all of us to set aside part of our time on a pro bono basis as we have a commitment to help our fellow man.
If you have a Tao-based business, as I attempt to do, this is one of the things that one ought to do and is a case of what goes around comes around.
There are many example of lawyers giving time without an invoice and it may not be the norm in London but I am not in London, I am in the provinces and jolly glad if that’s the way they go on up there.
It really is a disgusting thing to ask who is paying for the free advice given by me? How I choose to use my time is up to me.
I work very long hours, don’t take a lunch hour as a general rule and go to see clients at home in the evenings so I am doing a much longer day than most salaried employees.
I also take very long holidays to compensate. My time is paid for when I am giving advice and if I choose to give pro bono help,then it is coming out of my pocket and no one else’s.
Jamieson Financial Management