Every day lawyers spend hours writing a variety of legal documents - appeals, briefs, letters of advice, and emails - with the goal to persuade or inform. There is no doubt that being able to communicate effectively in writing is one of the most vital professional skills a lawyer can have. Luckily, effective legal writing is a skill lawyers can constantly refine and improve. Read our favourite tips to help you hone your legal writing skills.
Many lawyers are short on time. Between impromptu phone calls with clients, last-minute emergencies, and other distractions it can be challenging to both find the time and focus to complete demanding tasks. “Deep work” is a concept designed to help you to focus on getting your most complex and important work done. But how can you practically implement it in your daily schedule?
Negotiation plays a significant role in both our personal and professional lives. We negotiate when we ask for a pay rise, when we are trying to convince children to eat vegetables, or when we are working to close a business deal. For most lawyers, negotiation is one of the most important professional skills to develop as it is one of the most frequently used. While negotiation skills come naturally for some lawyers it can take more practice for others. Learn more about these five simple negotiation tactics to build your skills as a lawyer.
What do you do if you don't get on with your boss or manager? Maybe you feel like you are always talking at cross-purposes or that you aren't recognised for your efforts? These patterns can have a detrimental impact on your job satisfaction. But there is a way you can start to improve your work relationships - it's called "Upward Leadership". Read our tips about how you can take control and improve your work experience by managing upwards.
Being a lawyer means that you’re working in an industry where every minute counts. Of course, time management is a crucial part of every lawyers’ work day. But what if you’ve tried the time management apps and they didn't work? Or the productivity tips you’re trying out are not doing anything for you? There might be deeper issues regarding time management that you are not fully aware of. Our latest blog posts talk about time management and the underlying skills you need to improve to take back control of your time.
Taking a holistic approach to own ongoing learning that combines both professional development and personal learning activities can be extremely beneficial to your mental wellbeing. Learn more about how you can use your professional development as an opportunity to build both your career and your general sense of wellbeing.
Lawyers can use a range of strategies to manage their stress levels, time pressures, and deal with difficult situations. As part of Mental Health Month this October, we have put together a shortlist of great apps lawyers can use to manage stress and build resilience - both inside and outside the workplace.
The law is complex, and it can be difficult to explain its processes even to native English speakers. So how can lawyers manage this when working with a client from another culture? Or if the client has a poor understanding of English? We've put together a list of practical steps to help you overcome cultural clashes and serve your clients even better.
Between briefing colleagues, client meetings, writing letters of advice, and appearing in court it can often feel like the 24 hours in a day are simply not enough. But how can you minimise the distractions that are stealing your time? From our course "Time Mastery for Lawyers" we've collected a list of the most common time thieves and the best tactics to help you fight them.