14 May 2007
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•Words from on-highAssociates will do anything to get out of the office, a point proved by Travers Smith assistants Russ and Sam, who have snuck out to climb Mount Everest.
They've been keeping a blog of their progress on Travers Smith's website (www.traverssmith.com/everest-progress.html).
The latest post sees the duo at Everest Base Camp. "Sam had double-vision in one eye (diagnosed as mild snow-blindness) and Russ slightly confused as to where he was (diagnosed as having hauled 15 stone of weight up the Lhotse face)."
Sounds painful. And rather a lot like the symptoms of pulling an all-nighter.
They continue: "The aim is to recover at a location with more oxygen, eating well to regain our strength, possibly getting some yak steaks at the same time."
Replace yak steaks with an egg mayo sandwich and you have an average working week.
The post runs to more than 1,000 words. How Russ and Sam can type all that in such thick gloves with frostbitten fingers is a mystery. But hey, it beats working.
•Brand new brandsEveryone is getting in on the fashion for new websites, rebranding and catchphrases.
The website, www.lg-legal.com, features some high-tech virtual tours of the new riverside offices. But without any lawyers to get in the way of the views.
While electronics company LG went with 'Life's Good' for a catchphrase, lg-legal.com has 'Lawyers. Just Different.'
Not to be outdone, the Bar Standards Board (BSB) has launched a new website as well (www.bar standardsboard.org.uk). It is a serious affair to fit its purpose, but there will be a few barristers out there who will be rather uncomfortable with the digital developments.
BSB director Mark Stobbs said: "Although most barristers provide a very high standard of service, things can sometimes go wrong.
"Our new website is designed to make the process of complaining about a barrister easier."
Watch out wig-wearers, your clients are coming for you.
•Blog blagIf you feel like trying out this law blogging lark for yourself then you should attend the UK's first-ever Law Blog Conference.
The conference, organised by law blogger Geeklawyer (http://blog.geeklawyer.org/), will be held at the offices of IP consultant CPA Global on 18 May.
Topics discussed will include 'Using your blog to market your practice', 'Why blog design matters' and 'Blogging ethically'.
The theme of the conference is quite specific, but there's a chance you could pick up some CPD hours, with Geeklawyer himself in negotiations with the Bar Council and the Law Society to get the accreditation.
Speakers include Geek-lawyer, Ruthie, Headshift and Charon QC. Everything is in place for the conference, apart from one detail.
Geeklawyer wrote: "The only real outstanding issue is the curry house to be wrecked afterwards."
The entrance fee ranges from £5 for trainees to £80 for representatives from law firms. A buffet lunch will be laid on, as will the post-conference entertainment, which presumably will include a pint or two down at Field Fisher Waterhouse's new office in Second Life.
•Hogging the bloggingLaw blogging is a competitive marketplace these days, so someone has seen fit to set up a law blog about law blogging.
Visitors to www.lawfirm blogging.com will get useful tips on how to trick the search engines into bringing more traffic their way and how to nominate themselves for the site's awards, called The Adequate Attorney Awards. The winners get a graphic to put on the bottom of their blog that reads: "I am adequate." Don't all rush at once.