So said one of the presenters at Dell’s b2b (business to business) huddle last December. He was answering a question (not mine) about involving your legal team when creating policy and strategy.
“There is something inherent within lawyers, within their very composition, that drives them to say no.” the speaker continued.
When this comment was made my colleagues turned to me to see my reaction – and no doubt to make sure I had registered the point being made! I had, and it’s a point that disappoints and intrigues me.
The disappointment stems from the message that lawyers are seen as inhibitors of innovation. That, to me is wretched and contrary to so much of what drives me personally.
The impression is not entirely unfounded either. There are individuals and wings of the profession who revel in their conservatism. Check out the letter pages of the Law Society Gazette and there you will find them.
And it leaves me wondering, to what extent are lawyers still seen as self appointed high-priests overseeing the sacrifice of progress at the altar of prudence.