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The Trump Factor – A Lesson in Bravado and Base Instincts

So if you stopped paying attention yesterday for a bit, then you might have missed the fact that Donald Trump just became the next...

5 Simple Strategies to Write Legal Letters

Have you ever drafted a letter only to find that your partner or supervisor picks up a series of problems that you wished you had...

Why the Freshfields removal of “Dear Sirs” is a Complete Failure

You might have seen it in dispatches, but the other day apparently Freshfields directed all the people who work there to stop using "dear...

4 Typos To Rule them All

Have you ever stopped to consider just how important typos are? Well... you have now! Why Typos are So Important to Everything OK, so as I...

How Long should a Legal Letter of Advice Be?

From Homer's Odyssey to the shortest stanza, legal letters have a tendency to vary wildly when it comes to length. So how long, really, should...

3 Compelling Reasons to Stop Writing your Speeches Out in Full

It never ceases to amaze me just how many lawyers continue to give presentations where they have written out every single word, and they...

7 Things you must Unlearn from Law School

It's no great secret that I have an uncomfortable tension with university education. For lawyers, it's a mandatory and expensive barrier to practice. So after...

Stop Producing Boring Content!

For the love of everything, could we please (you know - as a profession) stop producing content that sends people to sleep. I know -...

Communication Techniques of Effective Advocates

Advocacy is a pretty important subset of communication, and using proper techniques as an advocate can really help you deliver an effective and persuasive...

7 Communication Techniques for Writing a Great Letter

Letter writing is one of the most important skills a lawyer can develop, since we are writing letters (or something resembling them) basically every...

5 Communication Techniques for Client Interviews

The communication techniques that great lawyers use to develop rapport with a client, get the information you need, and leave the client feeling well looked...

7 Ways to Make a Good First Impression

I'm sure you've noticed this: there are some people you meet, and you instantly feel calm, happy, and delighted to meet them.  Others you...

8 Requirements for Writing a Legal Article that will Get Read

With so much practice, why is it that lawyers are so terrible at writing articles?  Are we just lazy, selfish, myopic?  I don't think...

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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...

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...
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