Lawyers hate to be wrong. Period. It’s in their DNA. It’s unlawyerly and utterly unacceptable or as Lemony Snicket puts it, “it is very unnerving to be proven wrong, particularly when you are really right and the person who is really wrong is proving you wrong and proving himself, wrongly, right.”
But in this post I want to propose five reasons why being wrong – a little wrong, wrong in a whoopsie don’t I look stupid kind of a way, rather than this is likely to get me booted out of the profession kind of a way – may in fact be, erm, right.
1. It will lull the other side into a fall sense of security;
2. Change is good. It will put a spring in your step and you’ll feel like a new lawyer;
3. Clients will find it comforting to see your human side;
4. Losing control is character building; and
5. You’ll probably become better acquainted with your professional indemnity insurer. Well haven’t you always thought that he sounds like a right laugh on the phone?