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Careers advice for lawyers

Presentation skills for lawyers: Don’t do small talk? I can’t wait!

Spring is a wondrous time of year. Almost on a daily basis come fresh signs that the winter has finally passed and summer is on its way and then it changes again. For the Brits, who are obsessed with the weather (understandably), spring with its erratic conditions, provides rich opportunities for small talk. This spring […]

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Career clinic: How loyal should I be to departing panel partner?

I’m a GC at a media business and the excellent relationship partner at one of my panel firms is set to move elsewhere. I worked across from her new firm back in my private practice days but frankly I didn’t have a very high opinion of them. Do I stick with the partner I trust; […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: why your chair matters!

Last month I gave some tips on how to improve your video presentation, but ran out of space, so I am returning to the topic. This month it seems as though there may at last be some light at the end of the tunnel, a ‘crocus of hope’ if you will, which could mean a […]

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Career clinic: Should I put my faith in recruiters?

I’m a 2PQE in London. I’m not exactly planning to move on from my firm, but it never hurts to look at your options. How can I tell if a recruiter is worth my time? I get lots of calls, but half the time it seems the jobs that get pitched at me don’t even […]

Simple tips to improve your video presentation

How is your on-screen persona these days? Are you a smouldering presence captivating your audience, or has your video craft regressed, leaving you stranded like an unflattering screen shot frozen mid sentence by a poor internet connection?  Here to breathe colour into those pasty February complexions and rejuvenate the Zoom fatigued are some tips to […]

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Career clinic: Should I take advantage of parental leave?

I recently found out that I will be a father. My firm offers fairly generous shared parental leave, but I am worried about the return to work – I have heard stories of other male partners mocked for taking the time off and even had their clients taken from them. I’m terrified about coming back […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Lockdown breathing to unlock stress

It’s about this time of year that I will usually opine some thoughts about embracing the new year and making changes that will positively impact on your performance in the presentation room in the coming months. However, that all sounds quaintly old fashioned (not to mention deliciously carefree) against the backdrop of January 2021. As […]

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Loving Legal Life: New year, same difference

2020 was a challenging year, an extraordinary year.  A year replete with unimaginable change,  the impacts of which will be felt for decades to come.  As the new year begins, we turn to our future and shape a new beginning, a fresh start. What will we give up for 2021? What will we put behind […]

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Career clinic: How can I help a senior partner who’s struggling?

I’m an NQ in a large City firm. I work primarily with one quite senior partner – he’s a great lawyer and he’s not a bad man but he’s not the most emotionally open person. Since March, a number of minor incidents have given the impression that he’s not had a great pandemic and that […]

Presentation skills for lawyers: Breathe like you mean business

It’s something that we all do – 24 hours a day, seven days a week, each and every year that we spend on this planet – and we do it without thinking about it. It can be effortless and silent or laboured and loud, particularly in the dead of night and much to the annoyance […]