Situated in Lincliff City, Harkness Legal Practice is open for business. At Harkness, clients are able to get legal advice on personal affairs, representation in court and consultation with professional lawyers. The firm's motto is Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus, meaning 'Let justice be done, though the world perish'. As you enter, the smell of old leather, mahogany and parchment hits you. You look through the handsome furnished legal bookcases and take a seat, as you wait to be called up by one of the employees.
-“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Message Me – 23:00, July 27, 2018 (UTC)
Lazaros had stepped out of his office for a moment to go get some coffee from one of the local stores. Naturally, he had gotten one for Aretha as well. So, he set down the coffee and made a hand gesture to Cerberus to inform Aretha he was in -- A simple bark. He moved his hand once more, another gesture for Cerberus to go grab her so she can get her coffee. Lazaros watched her trot off towards Aretha's office.
She walks into the foyer to greet Lazarus. She signs a Morning. Thanks for the coffee. Before giving Cerberus a pat on the head and taking a sip. I have an old case that's just come up. She signs, passing him the file for Jade Knight.
-“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Message Me – 23:05, July 27, 2018 (UTC)
Julian takes the file, and starts to read it over. Once finished, he looks up to Aretha, and signs back Why now? She's been in Azkaban for... Almost sixteen years. Would she even be in the right mental state to be released to the public?
The daughter. She wants her mother back, and she's got the money to pay for it, so we're going to do our best. She signs, pausing. That's what I need you to find out. Azkaban officers are legally required to denote the status of their inhabitants if we obtain legal permission.
-“Stars, hide your fires; Let not light see my black and deep desires.” Message Me – 23:17, July 27, 2018 (UTC)
He lets out a sigh, and nods. I'll get an order, and I'll ask the Auror head to let me have one of their employees. Preferably one who knows BSL. I'll be on my way to Azkaban by tomorrow, and you'll know the state of the client by the end of the week. Hell, sooner, probably. Unless I run into some trouble on the way.. He looks over the file again, specifically looking for information about the daughter. A half-vampire librarian? His mind formed a joke, and Lazaros smirked a little, but didn't say, or rather sign, anything.
Val had sort of given up on hermother for a while.... After finding her half-brother, and finishing school, she really had no time to figure anything out. But she wanted to know, and needed to fix it, so... Val stared at the door for a good two minutes before she had gotten enough balls to walk in and ask for Aretha.
"Well, no. But you don't look too busy... Besides, I'm a client. Wouldn't turn down on of those, would you?" Val smiles at Aretha, before clearing her throat. "Miss Harkness, I'm here to talk bout my mom."
She looks at her from above her reading glasses, instantly ageing her. "Ah yes, you're Miss Knight." She begins. "Yes, sit. I haven't forgotten about your mother, though I did assume you had, hence your lack of a return. It so happens that I'm relatively confident I can get her out."
She waves her wand, resulting in a filing cabinet opening, and a file floats towards the desk. Aretha opens it, flicking through the pages, "Yes, well, we just file for automatism." She says, upon seeing Val's blank face she explains further, "Your mother had not fed and was unable to control her actions, therefore there was a lack of voluntariness in what happened when the girl approached her. This leads to a lack of culpability, because she cannot be the culprit due to the fact that she was not the one executing those actions. Thus, in her original sentencing, Ms Knight was a victim of entrapment by the DMLE and she was forced into Azkaban for a crime she had no control over committing." She explains, looking pleased with herself.
-"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."~ Charles de Montesquieu Message Me – 20:37, July 19, 2017 (UTC)
She arrives exactly five minutes early for her appointment time and sits to wait, resting her cane against her leg. She hopes this goes well; it'll be nice to be employed through more than advertisements.
After five minutes, Aretha pops her head around the door that leads to her office. Shit, I really need a receptionist. She puts on her best smile, and says, "Hello! You must be Ms. Déonté? My name is Aretha Harkness, welcome." She holds her hand out to Nora.
She shows Nora to a seat in the main foyer of the shop. "My pleasure." She conjures her quick quotes quill and brown leather notebook. "It's not everyday I recieve an application from the Head of Slytherin House and Defence against the Dark arts professor from Hogwarts to work for me." She says, waving her wand, and summoning a teapot and two teacups. "Tea?"
-"There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice."~ Charles de Montesquieu Message Me – 22:33, July 19, 2017 (UTC)
She sits, leaning her cane against the side of the chair. "Tea would be wonderful, thank you. I was away from Hogwarts for much of last term due to an unfortunate accident during Christmas break. I was involved in some accident-related legal proceedings that reminded me how much I miss being a lawyer."
She waves her wand lightly, and the teapot pours two cups of tea. She hands one to Nora. "I see. So it's something of a career change? Or rather, a career revert? Because you used to practice law...how long ago was it?"
Aretha realises that Déonté hasn't practiced since she started practising. "That is a considerable amount of time to be out of the game. You think you'd be able to jump straight back in? This firm has too high a reputation to risk, you see."
She considers this. "Second chair isn't ideal. I don't have the requirement for it." She begins, thinking. "However, I'm looking for solicitors and legal advisors. People who handle adoptions, divorces, emancipations, family law." She explains. "Would that be something you would be interested in? It would mean less courtroom time, but there's a lot of work in it, which means a lot more cases."
She considers this. "Honestly, that depends. If we get more cases, then of course, positions can open. What I can do is keep an ear out for potential court cases. If there's an opening, I can give you a case, and depending on your success we can discuss your position and future at the Practice." It's not the kindest offer, but it's the best Aretha can offer.
She smiles, waving her wand, resulting in a contract materialising in front of her. "The terms of employment are outlined here. You'll be working as a solicitor, in charge of wills, divorces and administrative duties in the Legal Practice."