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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...

Earning the Right to Speak

When I was a younger lawyer, I tended to speak my mind more often than was appropriate. Thankfully, I had (mostly) patient...

9 Words and Phrases That Lawyers Use which Have to Stop

Lawyers think they're expert communicators. Most are wrong. If you replace the word "expert" with "unnecessarily complicated" (or anfractuous, if you're feeling extra clever today) then...

Advocacy for New Lawyers – Your First Time on your Feet

It's going to happen - at some point in your legal career you're going to have to come out from behind your desk, stand...

3 Ways your Mobile Phone Controls your Life

Who really wears the pants in your relationship with your phone? Let's start by stressing something: as well as being a lawyer, I'm a digital...

The Netflix Cease and Desist Letter Most of you will Never Write

By now there's a good chance you've seen the pretty awesome Netflix cease and desist letter asking a popup store to refrain from breaching...

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...

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...

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...

The Only Thing you Need to have Happy Clients

Clients can seem like complicated, insane creatures at times. One moment they want this thing, then they don't. They say something is urgent, but it's...

Legalese – Everything you Need to Know

If you're going to be a lawyer then at some point you're going to have to come to grips with legalese. Hopefully that's not because...

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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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