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Chris Hargreaves

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When your Ego Writes your Letters for You

I'm all for authenticity in legal writing. But there are some limits. Those limits kick in right around the time where I can tell the...

3 Times your Client Isn’t your Top Priority

The other day I saw a social media post from a well known firm.  Together with a lovely image, it said that: the client always...

Being told to Smile More to Make Partner Isn’t Sexist

Recently I found a little story about an aspiring partner that got told to "smile more" if she wanted to get the nod from...

501 Words of Excessive Pontification

Let's see how it goes. 501 Words While I was consuming my evening beverage I began to contemplate (as I regularly do) regarding, in particular, the...

Disruption in Law Isn’t an Act – It’s a Culture

For many law firms, attempting disruption is like trying to find the "secret ingredient" without knowing the rest of the recipe. I'm seeing a lot...

Is Your Firm’s Culture a Toxic Cesspool?

When I decided to approach the topic of bad law firm cultures, I assured myself that I would do so with a reasonably balanced...

The Dark Side of Flexible Work Hours

In a discussion that's starting to look like the quest for the holy grail, the chants of "we want flexible work arrangements!" are increasing...

Being Right Doesn’t Matter – These 5 Things Matter More

It's always disappointing to find this out for yourself in practice, so I thought I'd break the news now - just because you're right...

Finding your Sweet Spot in your Legal Career

If you're aiming for a legal career that you actually enjoy (which I highly recommend you do) then one thing is certain: it might...

Four Fundamentals of Excellent Legal Writing

Good writing doesn't rely on tactics. It's not one size fits all. It's regularly something that senior lawyers say you should master, but don't execute well themselves. And...

Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

One of the most common ways that young lawyers believe they're going to "get better" at essential legal skills is this: time. It doesn't work. Sorry. 5...

We Need to Care More about Legal Writing

As lawyers we spend a lot of time writing. In fact - looking back, if I had to pick a single task which took up...

4 Truths About Time Management

Time management is one of the most important skills for a lawyer to develop. Too often, though, we tell ourselves that "time management" means the...

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Should you Just Phone Your Opponent?

Ah yes, the great joy of the litigator: writing unbelievably long-winded letters back and forth for months to set out why your client is...

Or… We Could Just Fire You Instead

Recently I took a bit of a shot at law firms trying to pretend that their COVID-related pay cuts came with associated reduced working...

40% Pay Cut, 140% Full Time Load

It's been fascinating watching law firms react (in advance) to what they believed was going to be the horror story of COVID-19.

How to Make the Most of Your CLE

Attending any kind of continuing legal education can feel like it was largely a waste of time - even if it came with a...

Legal Careers Are Awesome

Recently I mentioned what I thought was a fairly self-evident concept: being a lawyer is actually pretty challenging. If...
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