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|Mr Shepherd: Friend, Adviser or Agent?
Written by Chris DS
(9/21/2005 9:25 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Mr Shepherd's hold, penned by Cheryl
Mr Shepherd's introductory line is of a confidential friend called in (along with LR) to offer advice. We next find that he is a lawyer, and as the meeting develops into agreeing decisions and taking action it is Mr Shepherd who effectively takes instructions to act as Sir Walter's agent in all matters concerning the letting of Kellynch Hall. No one else seems eager to take action, nor have they any experience.
Why have I never noticed this shift in Mr Shepherd's role before? It would seem that he supplies many roles but has an eye for what he can do for Sir Walter that creates fees for legal and associated services. I like his remark " ..that two hours will bring me over at any time, to save you the trouble of replying."
Clearly "Time-Cost Fees" are nothing new!
Mr Shepherd's interest may be more subtle than just the fear of not being paid; which despite present pressing bills does seem remote, if seven years of belt-tightening will clear all debts. If Sir Walter and Mr Shepherd have a client:agent relationship, as well as being "friends", then no professional person would wish to see their advice, or lack of it, lead a client to ruin. This would hardly be a good advertisement to the world for their expertise. This may be at the heart of Mr Shepherd's best interests.
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