Reel-Life Law

January 9, 2012

What can The Lincoln Lawyer teach us about budget reductions?

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Cutting costs is the name of the game at the moment, so what better way of losing some overheads than downsizing?

With so much mobile technology these days, you can pretty much work wherever and (unfortunately) whenever is needed. And for one fictional lawyer in particular, that place happens to be the back of his Lincoln Town Car.

But I know what you’re thinking. Where does he put all the paperwork? And couldn’t they think of a better name for the car?

The hero of the hour (well, 1 hour 49 if we’re being pendantic) is Mickey Haller (aka Matthew McConaughey), defence lawyer to the C-list criminals of Los Angeles. Whilst Mr Haller is obviously a money-conscious fellow, he is not without heart. In a move that would surely call for an independent inquiry in the UK, Mr Haller ‘employs’ former client Earl to chauffeur him from A-to-B in order for Earl to work off his legal fees.

An ambitious individual, and never one to rest on his laurels, Mickey uses his novel way of ‘networking’ to bag himself the case of his career defending Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), who is accused of brutally beating a prostitute. Needless to say the case is not as straightforward as it would first seem, and causes a fair few sleepless nights for our loveable lawyer and his investigator Frank (William H Macy).

One could assume, however, that’s not the only thing keeping Mr Haller awake – the rising cost of petrol and risk of an environmental lawsuit must surely be cause for concern. So before you’re tempted to tear up the lease and jump into the back of the company car, I’d just run the idea past your CSR team. KM

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