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Professional Practice LinkedIn Warning & Tip for Family Lawyers – Browse Privately

September 14, 2014 Family Law

[Translate] In my capacity as Operations Director at Moore Legal Technology I’ve been speaking to various family lawyers recently about all things online business. One discussion that came up recently was getting trainee/junior family law solicitors to do background research on the social media activities/profiles of partners of clients, particularly where it’s the partner of […]

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Is it now better to be a non-lawyer in the legal services market ?

December 18, 2012 Law Practice

[Translate] Guest post asking and tackling the question “is it now better to be a non-lawyer in the legal services market today?” (Applicable mainly to England & Wales) Let’s go back in time, 20 years back in time. Becoming a solicitor or barrister was a much sought after qualification and profession. Whilst the training, 3 […]

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Upcoming Speaking Engagements: Social Media and SEO for Lawyers 2012

November 12, 2012 Law Practice

[Translate] I’m pleased to announce that within the next month I will be speaking on a variety of topics, two of which will be in Glasgow and one of which will be via a Twitter live chat session. Please do register or put these dates in your diary:- 1. TANQ Society (Trainee and Newly Qualified […]

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Alternative Business Structures and UK Law Firms – Survival

September 21, 2012 Law Practice

[Translate] In a recent blog post about alternative business structures (ABS) and its effect on UK law firms, leading online marketing specialists Moore Legal Technology present their thoughts on some of the significant changes taking place and what solicitors can do to survive.

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Use of freelance paralegals is an emerging trend that is catching on fire

July 18, 2011 Law Practice

Use of free paralegals is an emerging trend that is catching on fire

Economic reasons: The economic reality of our times is causing more and more attorneys to rethink their expenses and restructure their practices accordingly, with one of the major changes being the use of a freelance, or contract paralegal, rather than a full-time employee. Many firms have ebb and flow business. Obviously, it is more cost-effective to pay for a paralegal’s services only when the work flow is too heavy for the attorney to handle on his/her own.

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BabyBarista’s Law and Peace Launches Soon

April 11, 2011 Book Reviews

I was most honoured to receive, last week, a review copy of the latest work of one of the grandfathers of legal blogging. Written by accomplished legal author, Tim Kevan, “Law and Peace” will hit bookshelves, both physical and virtual, on 3 May 2011. Having just started reading it, I can report very promising signs so far. I hope it will be as enjoyable as Tim’s first masterpiece, BabyBarista and the Art of War, which was first given to me by a friend at my former law firm as a piece of inspiration for legal blogging. I look forward to reporting back more on this book, but for the meantime, I’ll leave you with some intriguing blurb and reviews of Tim’s other works. Law and Peace BabyBarista Image

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Parenting Apart: Counselling, Mediation & Family Support

April 8, 2011 Family Law

Last Wednesday 30th March, I attended a Relationships Scotland event, hosted by HBJ Gateley Wareing in Glasgow and attended by family law professionals across Scotland. The event was of particular interest given the recent review of family law in England and Wales, one element of which concerns the fact that mediation for divorcing couples shall, as of 6 April 2011, be compulsory prior to them attending Court, subject to limited exceptions. For further information on this see a blog post by a family law firm in Liverpool. While mediation for divorcing couples is not yet compulsory in Scotland, it is becoming more widely available.

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Next Legal Tweetup in the UK: Vote Now!

March 24, 2011 Law Practice

Pursuant to the success of the #Lex2011Tweetup in London last week, it has been proposed among the UK’s legal twitterati elite that a second tweetup of a similar scale should take place later this year.

In that respect, it would be helpful if those who are wishing to attend could indicate their preference in the short survey below.

Best wishes and hope to see you later in the year.

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Trainee Lawyer Tips: The Eleven Commandments

January 24, 2011 General Legal

In a former life I was a trainee solicitor at one of the biggest commercial law firms in Scotland. Below are eleven commandments which it would have been useful to follow from day one. If you have any queries, please contact me at gavin@wardblawg.com

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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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Every Little Helps: “Tesco Law” approved in Scotland

October 7, 2010 Law Practice

Will we see more traineeships being opened up? Will equity partners earn even more than their hundreds of thousands or millions of pounds each year? Or will equity partners be more likely to sell their stake and escape the practice of law? What effect for management decisions? Will we see greater outsourcing? Will cloud computing be more fully embraced? Will Lawsoft’s stranglehold on legal software be broken up? Will Scots law merge into English law, or will it flourish more by itself?

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Gavin Ward’s WardblawG Update on YouTube

October 4, 2010 General Legal

Gavin Ward of WardblawG giving a presentation on YouTube regarding recent updates to the site.

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Welcome to Law 2.0

August 10, 2010 Law Practice

WardblawG will burst through the 20,000 hit mark today. Partnerships are forming by the day, most recently with Google ads and with lawyers and entrepreneurs around the world. With that in mind, it is now time to unleash the future of law: Welcome to Law 2.0…

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PQE: Post Qualification Equality?

July 30, 2010 Employment

I have written a 1400 word professional briefing article for the Journal: the members’ magazine of the Law Society of Scotland, the Online version of which is updated almost daily and the RSS feed of which is followed at the foot of this blawG on one of the four sets of columns, navigable through the left and right arrows below. My article should, hopefully, be published in August this year.

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