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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...

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...

A Lawyer’s Real Job is to be a Translator

Communication skills are important for anyone in the legal profession (which is why I keep writing about them). In fact, I personally believe that communication...

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...

Sorry – What You’re Doing isn’t Really Marketing…

A lot of lawyers spend a huge amount of time writing articles.. and tell themselves that they have been "marketing". But is that really...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dictation – A Complete Guide – How to Dictate Effectively

Dictation is an essential part of learning how to use technology and leverage effectively - no matter how fast you think you type. My recent...

Doing the Two Step

I am a habitual reader of Mitch Jackson's Communication Tips, and recently Mitch posted an article that I thought you might find interesting about...

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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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