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Why Legal Problems are Like Jigsaw Puzzles (and how to solve them)

I don’t especially like jigsaw puzzles.  In particular, I dislike the chaos that exists until I have organised the pieces into their component parts by separating out the colours, shapes (corners and edges first) and likely locations. However, I do like problem solving in legal terms, and that’s probably good because it’s what I spend […]

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Podcast Episode 13 – How to React to People Who Hate Lawyers

Closing off on our series about people who hate lawyers, in this podcast I talk about how I suggest reacting to the “anti lawyer” approach that some people have. Specifically, I talk about: What to do when Uncle Bob tells you at a family barbecue how much he hates lawyers; The Zorro Circle; Why people who […]

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3 Reasons you’re Not Making Budget (and how to fix them)

As altruistic as we all generally are, the reality of legal practice is that our firms set budgets, and we need to meet them (at least if we want to stay employed). This issue can be a bit of a pressure point for many young lawyers as they struggle to acclimatize to an environment in […]

6 Ways to Build your Network

6 Ways for Young Lawyers to Build their Networks

There are many things I wish I’d done earlier, and one of them is starting to build my network of contacts. Now, let’s make sure we are talking about the right thing – networking and marketing are not the same.  They are related, certainly, but really networking is a subset of marketing. So when I’m […]

Some people are jerks

Why Working with Jerks is Great for your Legal Career

Jerks, bumbling fools, idiots, incompetents, and prodigious users of other people. Your legal career is going to be full of them. Sometimes they are your boss. Sometimes they are your colleague, peer, supervisor or subordinate. But they all share something wonderful – they are great for your career.  I guess at this point I could […]


How to Ensure your next networking function isn’t a waste of time

Lunches, coffees, catch-ups, dinner, drinks, seminars – whatever format it takes, all of these events have networking as a core purpose. They’re also not in short supply.  Young Lawyers generally have ample opportunity to attend events of various kinds with other people. So the question really becomes – are you making the most of it? […]

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