Once again the truth proves to be stranger than fiction. You may think of the average lawyers as dull men or women in a grey suits. Our American cousins are, however, our little feistier. I have just had some breaking news that Richard Ferris, a lawyer in Virginia, was involved in a gun battle with police – he was eventually shot and killed by the police last Friday –after a marathon 8 hour standoff at home – from where he and his wife ran their law firm. If that wasn’t strange enough, it turns out that Mr. Ferris also ran a gun store from his law office – i.e. his home!
As some of you who follow the legal profession may be aware, the autumn will see significant deregulation of the legal market – in a series of changes known as the Clementi reforms. Amongst the expected changes will be the ability for lawyers to start offering other non-legal services. As you know, as a committed entrepreneur I’m always looking for a new opportunity – what you reckon? Should I turn the conference room in our Salisbury office into a gun shop? If I do, I guess I could do a lot worse than name it after a business I noticed on my honeymoon in California many years ago – putting together the obviously complementary businesses of fine wines and shotguns in the snappily titled “Guns, Wine and Ammo”.