Don’t mess with the law! Homeworking barristers share VERY strict ‘no entry’ rules for their kids – including one saying ‘the thing you see is not your mother‘ and ‘hunger isn’t an emergency’A UK barrister who shared a photo of the no-nonsense memo that hangs on her door to dissuade her children from entering while she’s at work has gone viralBridget Dolan QC wrote ‘the thing you see inside this room is not your mother‘Added that she would only leave her office for emergencies, and hunger isn’t considered an emergency – only extreme pain and episodes of bleeding counted Other legal professionals from around the globe have shared snaps of their own notices – and they’re all equally unforgiving in tone, it seemsCoronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
A top London barrister forced to work from home during the coronavirus lockdown has issued an unapologetic memo to her children about when she can and cannot be disturbed – and has seen her note spark some equally unforgiving missives from other legal professionals.
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‘Extreme pain and an episode of bleeding only’: In a gloriously tongue-in-cheek missive shared on Twitter, London QC Bridget Dolan laid out circumstances to her children that would see her leave her office while working – and their hunger isn’t one of them
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Suggesting that she might be roused for a medical emergency, classified as ‘extreme pain or an episode of bleeding that lasts beyond three minutes’, she makes it clear that hunger is not one such scenario.
When the note is tacked on the door, ‘the thing inside’ can ‘perform no parental functions’, it reads.
Simple but effective, this missive says it as it is. Right: Don’t let those pooches in…a working from home legal professional fears a doggy disturbance
Simon Myerson QC, @SCynic1, on Twitter added his own sign, saying: ‘The maternal approach is softer I see. My study door…’
Straight-talking: This one resorts to a little fruity language to hammer home the message
The tongue-in-cheek memo has since been shared around the legal profession globally, attracting over 8,000 views and similar notes from similarly-stressed QCs.
@CiaranMcQuade wished he’d stuck a similar note on his door, recounting: ‘I wish I’d thought of this before my son walked in the room earlier, midway through a cmc, whilst signing Rick Astley’s never gonna give you up. Thankfully the judge laughed.’
@LKMagill wrote: ‘I love it!! Sonny know how parents are doing it. My head is exploding keeping up with work/emails/changing court directives and I only have two dogs to consider!’
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