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  • 96% of solicitors experience stress - Law Society

    Is being a lawyer good for you?

    • 29 Aug 2018
    • Jonathan Coppin

    Is being a lawyer good for your wellbeing? Well, that all depends on you... says ex-M&A lawyer and now psychotherapist Jonathan Coppin

  • A first common challenge is childcare

    Back from maternity: Five common challenges

    • 28 Aug 2018
    • Emma Spitz

    From less elasticity around stay late in the office to dealing with the ‘invisible bump syndrome’, career coach Emma Spitz tackles five common obstacles that female lawyers face when returning to work after maternity leave

  • Turn competitive lawyers into collaborative lawyer

    Turn bad law firm culture into good in a single campaign

    • 28 Aug 2018
    • Paul Roberts

    How to turn lawyers' trained self-interest into benevolence and create a better law firm culture in the process

  • Making clients feel confident

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • Luan de Burgh

    Arising from discussion and comment on last month’s piece concerning ‘professional service’ is the issue of client confidence.

  • How to be a great supervisor

    • 3 Sep 2017
    • The Lawyer

    Creating a supervisory relationship you can be proud of may take a little effort, but it is worth it. Whether you are managing trainees or newly qualifieds, here are seven tips to help.

  • What ‘professional service’ means

    • 14 Aug 2017
    • Luan de Burgh

    What do architects, auditors and lawyers have in common? No, this is not the opening line to an overdone and unamusing joke along the lines of the sort of attempt at humour often heard at a conference.

  • Women in Law: five pieces of advice

    • 7 Aug 2017
    • The Lawyer

    One of the questions I frequently ask experienced, successful women lawyers is, “if you could go back in time and give your younger self advice, what would you say to her?” Here is a distillation of their wisdom.

  • How can I get a mentor in my law firm when I don’t get on with the partners?

    • 21 Jul 2017
    • The Lawyer

    “I don’t get on particularly famously with any of the partners in my team and I’m concerned I haven’t got a mentor or a patron within the firm. Is this going to hold me back and what can I do?”

  • Thinking on your feet during public speaking

    • 10 Jul 2017
    • Luan de Burgh

    I recently spoke at a networking event on the most effective ways to develop meaningful business relationships and was asked a completely unexpected and somewhat unrelated question.

  • My Pride Story: I’ve been at my firm 17 years – trainees are much more open now

    • 4 Jul 2017
    • The Lawyer

    I joined Hogan Lovells (or Lovell White Durrant as it then was) as a trainee solicitor in 2000 and have been a partner in the financial services litigation team since 2012.

  • Law is losing talented women: what can we do?

    • 3 Jul 2017
    • The Lawyer

    Law is losing talented women. The Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Annual Statistics report Reveals the scale of the problem: despite significantly more women than men studying law, receiving training contracts and qualifying as solicitors only 33 per cent of partners across the UK are women.

  • My Pride Story: “I came out at 15 but worried about being open in a law firm”

    • 25 Jun 2017
    • The Lawyer

    I came out to friends and family at the age of 15. I was living in a market town called Macclesfield at the time where there was no visible LGBT community and although there were over 1,000 students at my secondary school, I was not aware of anyone who was openly gay at the school.

  • How to alienate potential clients without even realising it

    • 12 Jun 2017
    • Luan de Burgh

    The meeting has been arranged to take place in a café; I’ve asked for some recommendations, done a bit of research and contacted three companies all of whom provide the same technical service I am looking for (in this case, digital design).

  • The connection between perception and preparation

    • 8 May 2017
    • Luan de Burgh

    Fail to prepare…We all know the end of that one. As this article is appearing in the middle of an election campaign in the UK it would be a missed opportunity not to cast an eye over to the world of politics

  • Reasons NOT to quit law

    • 1 May 2017
    • The Lawyer

    Everyone complains about their job, right? Wrong. A lot of lawyers genuinely love what they do and are happy.

  • Career clinic: How do I approach a firm about a two-week partner secondment?

    • 27 Apr 2017
    • Richard Simmons

    We often have relatively junior associates from our informal panel of external law firms doing up to three-month secondments at our large multi-national corporate in-house legal department.

  • Planning to join a partnership? Here are the questions to ask

    • 19 Apr 2017
    • The Lawyer

    Most associates in law firms are over the moon to be invited to become partners.

  • Freelance lawyering: what’s the point?

    • 17 Apr 2017
    • The Lawyer

    Are you slogging your guts out in the hope that somebody somewhere will notice and one day in the distant future you might get the nod and be promoted to partner?

  • The 10 commandments of presenting

    • 10 Apr 2017
    • Luan de Burgh

    When Moses came down from Mount Sinai he’d been at a compelling presentation, learnt something useful and was in possession of a relevant handout.