Truth Legal founder, Andrew Gray, has recently been featured in the Yorkshire Post in their Legal Matters section. Here is the full interview:
Andrew Gray – Founder and Solicitor, Truth Legal, Harrogate; and Immediate Past President of Harrogate and District Law Society
1 What’s the biggest development you’ve seen in the legal world during your career?
Email. Gone are the days when lawyers would dictate lengthy letters to their secretaries, then sign them off, expecting a reply in a month. Lawyers – though not the fastest! – are quicker than we once were. But this has come with a cost: often a legal problem has no clear right or wrong answer. A tardy advice was often a better advice. I fear that poor advice is being proffered too quickly.
2 What law would you like to see changed?
The new two-year requirement in order to claim Unfair Dismissal is simply cruel. Many employers wait until the 23rd month of employment to fire a competent employee, so that the employee doesn’t acquire the right not to be unfairly dismissed. Contrary to popular belief, the UK is one of the easiest places to fire staff in the EU.
3 What is the most exciting work you’ve ever done?
As a fairly new start-up law firm, I acted for a London barrister in a complex discrimination claim. Barristers make great clients! Why pay exorbitant London rates when Yorkshire rates are fair and the quality is just as good? That barrister understood it.
4 Who in the legal world do you most admire?
Any Legal Aid solicitor or barrister. Legal Aid has been hammered by this Government, yet many Legal Aid lawyers persevere because they want to make a difference. We now have Legal Aid barristers on strike because they might earn, as a self-employed person, £46 per day in court. Legal Aid deserts are the new normal. Why vote for political parties which promise changes to legal rights when those rights cannot be enforced? It’s only when people have a problem that they realise how hard it to find representation. Providing access to justice is why I founded my firm.