Gavin Ward

Google+ Hangout with Jonathan Lea: Legal Blogging & Social Media for Lawyers

June 6, 2013 Legal Careers

Jonathan Lea, London-based corporate lawyer and business adviser, recently kindly invited me to join him on a Google+ hangout (a live webinar) to chat about legal blogging (‘blawging’) and social media for lawyers and law firms. I’ve met Jonathan on various occasions now, having first connected back in 2009 on Twitter and latterly at legal […]

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WardblawG’s ScotsLawBlog: Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011

November 17, 2011 Blawg

I am delighted to announce that ScotsLawBlog has been named as one of LexisNexis’ Top 25 International & Foreign Law Blogs of 2011. For those other keen bloggers or for those considering blogging for the first time, it may be surprising to learn that ScotsLawBlog has only recently marked its 1 year anniversary. Such is the power […]

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Social Media ROI for Law Firms: Inverness Presentation

October 31, 2011 Social Media

I spoke recently in my capacity as Search and Social Media Marketing Manager at Moore Legal Technology on Wednesday in Inverness on the subject of the return on investment for law firms in optimising their use of social media marketing and online presence. I introduced the subject by explaining the various components of return on investment […]

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Social Media Marketing & ROI at Social Media Week | Gavin Ward

October 1, 2011 Social Media

Gavin Ward was speaking at Social Media Week at the Business Banter on the subject of “Social Media Marketing & ROI: Generating Business Online” The following topics were discussed in further detail, with examples of successes both personal and for client law firms, through use of social media:- The various facets of “return on investment” […]

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Top 10 Linkedin Tips for Young Lawyers

July 11, 2011 Linkedin Tips

Looking towards 2012, many young lawyers and trainee solicitors should no longer be looking merely to survive, but instead to thrive and advance their careers. Aside from the most important approach of getting the head down and doing the legal work, utilising social media, through blogging, Twitter and Linkedin, can produce some powerful results.

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Google Search Going Social

February 25, 2011 Lawyers Who Tweet

Although founded back in 2009, Google has now launched major updates to its Social Search, which integrates information from Twitter, Flickr and Quora in searches.

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WardblawG’s Top 10 tips for law firms and lawyers on twitter

February 15, 2011 Lawyers Who Tweet

Below are my top 10 twitter tips for law firms and solicitors looking to get the most from twitter. There are many more detailed tips that could be shared, but for the firms and lawyers starting out or looking to improve their social media presence and capabilities to expand their professional network and develop more business, these should be an ideal starting point which should hopefully a love-love relationship with the social media world.

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WardblawG makes an appearance on Channel 4

February 13, 2011 Social Media

WardblawG’s twitter account made an appearance on Channel 4 on Saturday night, 12 February 2011.

Channel 4’s approach to social media is to be welcomed, encouraging use throughout the UK of both Twitter and Facebook to contribute to prime-time tv programmes. With tweeting becoming enabled from the UK courts, with certain important exceptions, we are slowly venturing into a golden age for social media, web 2.0 and law 2.0.

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WardblawG receives mention in The Law Society’s Journal

February 8, 2011 Obiter Dicta

Last month, we were mentioned in the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland by Iain Nisbet of Govan Law Centre, who himself runs a Scots law blawg at Given that this website was created only in June 2010, this is to be considered a great achievement at what is still just the beginning of this blawg’s journey through the blawgosphere, alongside the other 10 great Scots blawggers mentioned and the blawgging world as a whole. The extract from the Journal Online is as follows:-

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Tommy Sheridan Sentenced: Live Court Tweeting in Scotland

January 26, 2011 General Legal

Tommy Sheridan has been jailed for three years following his conviction in December of committing perjury during his News of the World defamation action. In sentencing Sheridan, Lord Bracadale said “By pursuing a defamation action against the News of the World, you brought the walls of the temple crashing down”

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How to study law using mindmaps

December 20, 2010 Academia

There has been much written on the best ways to study law. From personal experience, it was difficult to get first class grades in law exams without utilising the tool of mindmaps. The man credited with the invention of the mindmap is Tony Buzan. The below information details personal experience of their use, not necessarily Tony’s experiences.

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#IAmSpartacus: #TwitterJokeTrial and #TwJokeTrialFund in December 2010

December 1, 2010 Twitter Joke Trial

It may be argued that none of these were quite as menacing as the first tweet by Paul Chambers, but if the English judiciary is to stand by its precedent, then why has no further enforcement taken place? The reason is that society, which takes a place in any legal system, has revolted against what is surely one of the most misguided pieces of judicial reasoning of the 21st century, principally due to the common failure of the law being able to keep up with technology.

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How to Write a First Class Law Dissertation – Complete Guide

November 18, 2010 Academia

How to Write a First Class Law Dissertation – My honours law dissertation, top tips and a great video from an ex-Cambridge professor. Enjoy!

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 4: New Topic

November 5, 2010 Academia

Notwithstanding, the House of Lords effectively got human rights wrong, thus paving the way forward for reduced protection of Article 6 in the UK. However, this area is not devoid of hope; to effect compliance with this framework, Montgomery must be overturned, which does not appear too remote a possibility given the extensive criticism of the case.

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 3: Creativity

November 4, 2010 Academia

Creative argument is essential if you’re going to get a first. Perhaps only unless your tutor or professor doesn’t know the topic well can you get away rehashing old argument and ideas that have been discussed thousands of times before.

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 3: Fresh Perspective

November 3, 2010 Academia

Separating a dissertation into manageable chunks from the initial stages of structural planning gives you freedom to start afresh to write about a different but related topic once concluding another section. Access to a court, for instance, is a separate right from the right for a trial to be heard and decided within a reasonable time. It, thus, merits a separate chapter with its own introduction, subsections and conclusions.

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 2: Consider the Future

October 26, 2010 Academia

Tip: Suggest Improvements for the Future It may be that, in the course of the research for your dissertation, you discover previous decisions and actions that may happen again in the future. You may want to suggest that there is such a risk in the future and that there are ways in which that risk […]

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 2: Argument

October 25, 2010 Academia

Having set the scene, it is time to delve straight into comment and opinion, drawing on relevant facts and law where required. Where possible, suggest ways in which events or decisions could have been improved and do not be afraid to say that commentators, judges or even powerful institutions, like the ECJ, got it wrong.

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 2: Main Body Intro

October 24, 2010 Academia

Comment on writing the first main chunk of your first class dissertation

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How to write a first class dissertation: Chapter 1: Set the scene

October 23, 2010 Human Rights

Chapter 1: Setting the scene Depending on the nature of your dissertation, you may need to set the scene further. In a legal dissertation, by “scene” is meant the bits of law that are relevant to set up key arguments in the main body of the dissertation. With this example dissertation, the target readership was, […]

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How to write a first class dissertation: The Introduction

October 22, 2010 Academia

Together with the conclusion, the introduction is one of the most significant pieces of a dissertation that you have to get right. A well-written introduction can make all the difference between a first class and an upper second.

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How to write a first class dissertation: Content and Structure

October 21, 2010 Academia

How to write a first class dissertation: Content and Structure Three tips can be suggested to get you started on the right foot: First, research the subject in which you are most interested in writing about for your dissertation, then choose a sufficiently narrow angle to approach the subject or choose something that hasn’t been […]

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How to write a first class dissertation: Foreword

October 21, 2010 Academia

Centred on a narrow topic of international private law and human rights, this dissertation received a first class honours award from the University of Glasgow in 2007 under Dr Janeen Carruthers and Professor Elizabeth Crawford, and was verified externally by Professor Richard Fentiman of Cambridge University.

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