Harkness Legal Practice fiat justitia, et pereat mundus
Situated in Diagon Alley, 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.
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?"
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."