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The Truth is a Grey Area

This week saw the launch of the new novel, Grey. As I understand it, this is a retelling of 50 Shades of Grey from the enigmatic Mr Grey’s perspective. Apparently, women (and I will say women here because I do not know a single man who has read 50 Shades of Grey or at least who will admit to reading it) are interested in Christian’s personality and why he is the way he is, if you believe that.

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Two Sides to Every Story

It puts me in mind of the old adage, there are two sides to every story and also the process I carry out on a day to day basis as a dispute resolution solicitor.

Often when I see a client I am presented with a version of events. Whilst in the majority of cases they are honest and trustworthy and they believe this story to be the true, it is rarely entirely correct. This is usually because the client has forgotten something or has become a little confused, but on rare occasions it could be because my client is deliberately misleading me.

Compare Against the Evidence

Once I have my client’s version of events, I contrast that with the opposing party’s version (bearing in mind that this may be subject to similar failings or biases to my own client’s) and I then compare both versions against the evidence, such as contemporaneous documents and third party accounts. From this I am hopefully able to arrive at the full and true version of events and I can then test my client’s version against this and apply the law, to enable the strongest presentation of my client’s case, as well as being able to advise my client on their prospects of success and settlement option.

This search for the truth can often be very interesting and sometimes surprising. It is something that the readers of Grey may wish to try, by comparing it with Miss Steele’s version in the original. Either that or they could just skip to the filthy passages, like they did first time round.