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Recently Private Eye ran a cover featuring Kate Middleton with a speech bubble saying: “I’m like, yah, so totally a commoner”. You could probably run a version of that joke for many lawyers: “I’m so totally a businessman”. Technically, it may be a true statement, but it doesn’t convince. Your perception is all a question of where you’re standing and to many business people, lawyers don’t look all that business-minded. That’s probably because many lawyers are unconvinced that the practice of law should be too overtly business-like. It’s the old divide between the professions and trade.

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