Many lawyers in the Randstad started at a large firm and are still working at a large firm. Or sometimes at a slightly smaller office but still in the Randstad. Then, of course, you miss out. You also become something of a lawyer, to be sure, but with a limited Randstad view; you don't know much more of the world than your own little area of law. That's why I'm glad I started in the back corner of a region of the country that is itself called Achterhoek (Komrij?). It has made me the lawyer I am. I was given unique opportunities and experiences to learn the trade.
More and more attorneys are recruiting clients through "lead generators." The Bar Association has announced an offensive against this way of working. There will be a "repentance" scheme for lawyers who disclose. The Order's approach leads to questions of principle about how lead generators work, a young industry in which a lot of money is involved.