Robert Sayer (ex) president of the Law Society. It seems by the Law Society's senior members 'Terminology' "pillock" and "dog turd" is an acceptable way to describe an unsavoury person...
`Foul-mouthed' new head of Law Society
Verkaik Legal Affairs Correspondent
| Monday 12 July 1999 2202 BSP|
IN AN election characterised
by bad feeling, the lawyer who called his rival a pillock was in the end
the one who triumphed.
This year's bad feeling flowed from the moment Mr Sayer heard that the election was to be contested. Apparently furious that he would now have to campaign for the right to lead the country's 70,000 solicitors, he branded his opponent, Hartlepool solicitor David Keating, "a complete pillock".
Mr Sayer told the Lawyer magazine last month that the Law Society needed a contested election "like it needs a hole in the head". He said: "[Keating] comes to council meetings falls asleep and goes home again." He called it "incredible cheek" that he expected to step in where other members had "worked so hard to see reforms through".
Mr Sayer also had some colourful language for the man backing Mr Keating, Mr Sayer's erstwhile friend Martin Mears, winner of the first contested Law Society elections in 1994. "Every year," said Mr Sayer, "Mears comes up like a piece of dog turd on your shoe."
Mr Keating's response was measured. He said: "There's no need to get hot under the collar and call people names. I am standing because of the feeling within some of the council... that Bob's not the right person for the job. Anyway, I don't go to sleep in council meetings, although I may close my eyes when it get tedious."