"Dibbet & Dibbet is an awful place," he said. "Get out. Don't go back there for even one hour. You remember we were talking about Paris? We can get a flight today. We can be there in hours. Make the break. Change your life."
"That's running away," said Piper. "It wouldn't solve anything. I've still got a job. I'm working on a big file. I can't just get on a plane and leave. That's not professional. I'm a lawyer. That means something."
Philip then went into legal practice with a major Canadian law firm in Toronto, and worked on many of the biggest corporate and commercial transactions of the time. After seventeen years, he retired from the practice of law in 2000.
Upon leaving Big Law, Philip Slayton wrote the best-selling book Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada’s Legal Profession. Philip and his book were the subjects of a Maclean’s magazine cover story with the controversial headline “Lawyers are Rats.” The Toronto Star labelled Slayton “Public Enemy #1.” His second book was Mighty Judgment: How the Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life.
Slayton is a regular contributor on law-related topics to Canadian magazines and newspapers, and is an occasional commentator on television and radio. He is president of PEN Canada.