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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.

6 Truthful Ways to Deal with Irrational Christmas Demands

It's Christmas soon (unless this is an accidental repost of this article, in which case it's probably June) - hooray.

The Many Demands of Legal Practice

It's no secret that practising law is a bit of a tough gig. I'm OK with that, as long as we're honest and don't...

6 Tips to Avoid Being Overwhelmed By Complex Tasks

One of the bigger differences I see between different lawyers is their ability to deal with things when working on a large job, or...

4 Types of Challenging Clients

I could launch into a tirade here about clients who are genuine nightmares. You know, the ones who scream abuse, lie about advice they've received,...

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...

Should you Egg your Client On?

Client care can sometimes be a delicate balance of compassionate reinforcement and "tough love" advice. But how do you decide when you should encourage your...

How You can Assess a Law Firm’s Culture… Quietly

Many law firms are attempting to "create" or advertise their firm's culture by reference to the perks they offer. Apply to work with us and...

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...

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...

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...

Aiming for Quality without the Trap of Perfectionism

Here's a story I see fairly often: lawyer gets a significant new file or task to work on lawyer achieves a lot - say 98%...

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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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