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Wilford Smith Explains the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive

July 12, 2019 Legal Know How

[Translate] New legal commentary from law firm Wilford Smith regarding the 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive Financial crime continues to be a thorn in the side of the EU, particularly where the financing of terrorism is concerned. The terror attacks in Paris in 2015 and Brussels in 2016 were financed by terrorists using sophisticated techniques. Both […]

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Will Speed Limit Reform Affect Road Deaths in the UK?

February 19, 2015 Legal Know How

[Translate] After years of discussion, the UK are to trial an 80mph speed limit on motorways through the start of 2015. This has been a topic discussed at length, with the increased speed limit hoped to reduce road deaths across the nation. As it stands, UK motorways are statistically the safest in Europe, with 2.0 […]

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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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Secret Courts: Ill Informed or Necessary?

November 21, 2012 Legal Know How

[Translate] Guest post provided by John on behalf of BCL Legal. BCL Legal is specialist law recruiter who find and place law job candidates in the UK. Secret Courts: Ill Informed or Necessary? Closed civil court hearings are not a new phenomenon. However, they are currently in focus as controversial proposals for ‘closed material procedures’ […]

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#TwitterJokeTrial Judgment Published – A Win for Common Sense and Freedom of Speech

July 27, 2012 Legal Know How

[Translate] Further to our blawg post from December 2010 regarding Paul Chambers’ conviction and failed appeal in the #TwitterJokeTrial, it is great to hear that Paul’s High Court appeal, led by David Allen Green, has succeeded. Allowing the appeal, marking a win for common sense, reason and freedom of speech, the Court stated, at para […]

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Chrissie Lightfoot’s “The Naked Lawyer” eBook Review

June 25, 2012 Legal Know How

[Translate] I recently read Chrissie Lightfoot’s “The Naked Lawyer”, RIP to XXX, How to Market, Brand and Sell YOU!, having met Chrissie a few times at legal networking events in London and having followed her on various social networks for the past couple of years. And I’m pleased to note that I found her book […]

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#TweetingLegals 17 January 2012 Tweetup Tomorrow

January 16, 2012 Legal Know How

[Translate] The January #TweetingLegals Tweetup in London takes place tomorrow, following on from some great legal tweetups in 2011. I thought it would be useful to share some links to articles on those tweetups. These are listed below:- Brian Inkster on The Time Blawg: #Lex2011Tweetup: When Virtual became IRL (In Real Life) Shireen Smith » […]

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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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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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The Laws of India 2.0: Indiablawg is now LIVE

February 13, 2011 Legal Know How

Expert know-how and updates on Indian law are now available at http://www.IndiablawG.com. Follow @WardblawG and @IndiablawG on twitter for further updates.

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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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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 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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