Careers Opinion

  • Very few people now have a job for life. Law is a great example of a flexible career because lawyers gain so many transferable skills. So what happens when the bubble bursts? Do you have an exit strategy?
  • ‘It’s not what you say… It’s how you say it.’ The title of the 2004 hard-core underground rap album by late American rap artist Mac Dre.
  • We all have mental health just as we have physical health, but it can seem more difficult to spot the signs of mental ill health. Former City law firm partner Richard Martin, who following serious mental health illness changed career to advise workplaces on mental wellbeing, tells his story.
  • One area that women I coach can find challenging is ensuring that the opportunities they are given, and matters which are assigned to them are as interesting and developmental as they would like them to be.
  • How we carry ourselves has a significant effect on our self-esteem and how we are perceived by others. Much has been written about body language – and rightly so, as it is a fascinating topic for anyone who is interested in human behaviour and relationships.
  • Is being a lawyer good for you? That’s easy isn’t it? It’s going to be about stress. Everyone knows too much stress is bad for you and lawyers work too hard.
  • Joining a new firm can be daunting whatever level you are at. But what can you do to feel more integrated? Some firms are well set up for integrating new staff, but others are not.
  • The job, the team and the clients may all be the same, but most female lawyers who I talk to on their return to work tell me that it’s the new challenges they face which can make it harder than they anticipated to feel like the balance between work, family and career is right.
  • You can have as many contacts as you like but if you are not turning them into clients all you have is is large pile of business cards on your desk given to you by people who don’t really know who you are or what you do.
  • Not all lawyers are linguist masterminds who quickly think on their feet and love performing in court.
  • In the final part of their three part series on stress in law, Systemic Coach Zita Tulyahikayo and barrister James Pereira QC consider how you can address stress related issues.
  • As you near the end of maternity leave returning to work can feel like an extremely daunting task.
  • Starting your legal career can be daunting: your seniors and peers are very capable and technical ability is almost assumed.
  • The blockchain is fast becoming a symbol of the fourth industrial revolution. After steam, electricity and computing, this is the term coined by Davos founder Klaus Schwab for the deep digital transformation that Schwab says is now upon us.
  • You may ask yourself, how did I get here? Well, quite easily really; a flight to Inverness and then a three-hour drive through some of the most magnificent scenery I have ever seen.
  • Richard Power, a partner in Clyde & Co’s global arbitration group, examines the problems for dispute resolution posed by geopolitical instability.
  • Last week the chairman of the legal referral network Interlaw, Michael Siebold, wrote in his opinion piece ‘Pale imitation of a network’ that “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.