A touch of the January blues? Considering packing the profession in? Obiter has come across a website that offers inspiration and guidance just for that.
Set up by brother and sister lawyers, leavinglaw.com suggests a wealth of alternative careers, starting with air traffic controller. Apparently you need ‘attention to detail’ and the ‘salaries can be pretty good’.
Other options include consultancy, the police, psychotherapy and teaching, to name but a few.
The site has testimonies from some who have swapped the billable hour for pastures new. Former Addleshaw Goddard solicitor Jonathan Reynolds went into politics and is now Labour MP for Stalybridge and Hyde; Olswang’s Richard des Voeux became a sports agent; and Ben Fordham from Linklaters went to cookery school in Mexico before opening Benito’s Hat, a Mexican restaurant in London. Then there’s the church: former barrister John Irvine traded in his Archboldfor the Bible and is now dean of Coventry Cathedral. However, it is Obiter’s favourite Jon Rathbone, a former corporate solicitor at Osborne Clarke, who became a potty magnate. Rathbone designed and patented a child’s potty that could be emptied without making a mess everywhere.
But before you follow his footsteps, he warns: ‘You have to sell a lot of potties to make a living.’