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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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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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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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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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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 bibliography for a legal essay

November 9, 2010 Academia

[Translate] How to write a bibliography to conclude your first-class dissertation There are three stages for completing an abundant and competent bibliography. First, go into the footnotes on your document, select all, copy and paste to the foot of your article, then separate into different categories. Then, second, go back through the materials which you […]

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How to Conclude a First Class Law Dissertation

November 9, 2010 Academia

The conclusion to your dissertation is, arguably, the most important part and is, therefore, potentially a major differentiator between a first class dissertation and a second class one.

There are three things which you should bear in mind:-

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