There is a widely held misconception that being “aggressive” is an essential trait of a successful lawyer. This idea, repeatedly communicated and endorsed by popular culture, is not only shared by the public but also by some members of the profession.
However, the idea that aggressive communication is the only way for a lawyer to display confidence and get the outcome their clients want is fundamentally flawed. In truth, assertive communication can enable you to achieve much more for your clients whilst preserving positive, professional relationships with your colleagues in the law.
Your time is precious, so chances are you're always on the lookout for solutions that will make your life easier. But the plethora of productivity apps on the market can be overwhelming at times! To save you time, we’ve put together a shortlist of the top productivity apps our team uses and the features we find most useful. Read the article now for an instant productivity boost!
Almost everyone is familiar with emojis – the tiny pictures of facial expressions and objects used in texts, emails and social media to mimic non-verbal cues. The hyper-condensed nature of emojis leaves room for interpretation, creating a brand new set of challenges for legal professionals.
Grace Lawson is no stranger to setting ambitious goals for herself; from participating in a recent climbing expedition in the Himalayas to becoming a respected family lawyer after a career in nursing.
In conjunction with the release of her latest online course with LawCPD, “Setting Aside Binding Financial Agreements”, we invited Grace to talk about life, practicing law, and recent developments in family law.
Last month Sarah Mateljan, Co-Founder and Director of LawCPD.com.au, attended the Practice 360 Conference in Washington DC. The conference is an annual event hosted by the District of Columbia Bar Association, designed to help lawyers build and grow their practices. At this year’s conference, there was a clear focus on the challenges and opportunities new technologies provided for lawyers – particularly how lawyers could use technology to remain competitive. This was one of the major themes of the opening keynote “Bringing Artificial Intelligence to the Law” presented by Thomas Hamilton from ROSS Intelligence. Rather than focusing on the traditional ‘doom and gloom’ narrative that robots are going to render lawyers obsolete, Hamilton focused on how AI would equip lawyers to achieve more. Read more
Law is a demanding profession, and it is common for lawyers who are parents to feel like it is a struggle to balance their career and family. This is often particularly challenging for women, who usually take on the most of the mental (and physical) load associated with raising children.
We believe it is possible for women to have a satisfying career in the law and a fulfilling family life, and want to do our part to support them in achieving this. That is why we are proud to announce we are supporting The Juggle Podcast.
Each March, the Women Lawyers of Western Australia celebrate the achievements of women in the law at their Annual Honours Dinner. The event honours women who have recently been appointed to the bench, and to other significant leadership positions in the legal profession. It is also the night when the winners of the prestigious Woman Lawyer of the Year Awards are announced, as well as the winner of the Aboriginal Women’s Legal Education Trust Scholarship.
There has been a lot of discussion about women in the law recently, particularly the higher attrition rates of women from the profession. But why do women leave the law? And what can we do about it? Our latest infographic explores these issues, and more.
On 1 July 2015, new CPD rules came into effect for all NSW lawyers. The new CPD rules are part of the new framework for practising law in NSW introduced by the commencement of the National Legal Profession Reform. To help you stay CPD compliant, we have put together a list of the top five things you need to know about the new CPD rules.