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I am an honours graduate (BSc. Hons. Strath-Glasgow) coupled with an MBA-ICG (Paris) , experienced, Metallurgist - Materials Scientist and Engineer & Manager turned Consultant & Blogger. I specialised in Superalloys (aero-engine_Seminal Work peer reviewed & published IOM3_MST, Feb.1985, the 2nd issue of this now well known journal dedicated to the fundamental aspects in our multidisciplinary subject area ) My experience over a wide range of Special Alloys is extensive. (Cryogenic,Controlled Expansion-Dilatometric,Magnetic, Corrosion Resistant Grades and finally HSLA-Aircraft Undercarriage. (Great Stuff-I was lucky) My responibilities were especially in Melting & Refining to 1st Forming stage. Responsibilities include QC,QA & Accounting, Melt/Remelt Process  & Products, R&D.  Bilingual English-French. 
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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Power and corruption by any name?

This Economist article entitled "How to curb your legal bills " gives yet again an enlightening and unflattering view of the US governing and judicial system - a near closed shop system. It gives some basic facts to on which to base ones militant actions. It is a good conversation starter. I for one now understand better how one private individual - a militant lawyer, did far more to protect US consumers than any elected senator or state governor, his name? Ralph Nader

However for readers are seeking recipes to curb lawyers fees, one should consult readers comment at the end of the article.

Value for money - in a recent operation here in France, I would place the following over-rated fees as follows
1. Estate Agencies minimum 5000 euros for lower valued property, increasing with sales price - very little effort involved.
2. Lawyers fee - at least much higher skill level
I placed State agency

Shame on such professions compared to the skill and physical effort made by our father and son micro enterprise team who
A. pulled-out the obsolete electrical wiring and fuse system and put in brand new one respecting modern legislation standards.
B. Transferred a partial but brand new kitchen unit plus completed the missing elements + working surface new modern sink unit pluming+wall tiles-.
C. fully tilled the bathroom and separate WC. Installed new bathroom hand washing unit. Removed ancient wall paper on all rooms and painted walls and woodwork.
Our externally imposed delays-roughly 1 month to get the job done- imposed a very tight schedule on our team which remained unruffled throughout-true professionals!

Price: of the same order of magnitude as the above "Named and Shamed".

Of course my wife and I did some manual labouring support throughout.

This is written in a context where subsidised unemployed persons are finger pointed - Were Banks today not "subsidised, were car manufacturers in France not subsidised..Energy and transport lobbied too. The list is too long.

I trust this wiki will help stimulate some common sense in "value analysis"
in reference to:
"How to curb your legal bills"
- The price of legal services: How to curb your legal bills | The Economist (view on Google Sidewiki)