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How to implement effective time management for solicitors

The legal profession is a busy business; you will face demands and challenges in your working life that will require you to manage many different tasks at the same time. That’s why it’s important to follow certain practices to tackle your daily responsibilities and manage your time effectively. Every successful solicitor develops their own techniques…

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Why undertake a Trainee Litigation Programme?

The Trainee Litigation Programme and who it’s for All areas of law fall into one of two camps: contentious or non-contentious. Some sectors will fall into both – for example, conveyancing is a non-contentious area because it’s transactional, but an argument over a property boundary is contentious because there is a dispute. During a training…

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Commercial Awareness – What is it and how to get it?

Commercial awareness is one of the most important factors for you as a trainee solicitor. Law firms are searching for candidates who are commercially aware and can appreciate how this relates specifically to their firm. So it pays to understand and keep up to date with the developments in business and commercial law,.. The bottom…

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How to keep up with industry news

Every industry will shift and progress with new trends and developments that may affect your business. That’s why you need to be aware of these changes to make educated decisions and stay ahead of your competition. Remember, these days clients want their lawyers to act as trusted business advisors not just advise on technical aspects…

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Making the most of your training course

The reason you decided to attend a training course in the first place was to develop your skills as a solicitor. Generally, there are good and bad ways to approach your course, and this generally boils down to preparation, attitude, engagement and reflection. When you follow these steps you can be sure to leave with…

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Deal or No Deal?

Great negotiators have a broad range of negotiation skills.  What’s more, they realise that these skills aren’t confined to the negotiation itself, and that a successful outcome depends on getting a clear understanding of the client’s objectives at the outset. Whilst perhaps an obvious point, there are a host of factors to be considered.  For example, the…

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Why being a good lawyer means being a good business person

With qualification comes responsibility. Good lawyers need technical skills but they also a variety of business skills that will evolve with your career. We’ve listed a few of the most important ones here. Business development and networking Although firms don’t expect their trainees and junior lawyers to engage in a large amount of business development…

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So you want to be a litigator?

Practicing a contentious area of law requires its own set of skills on top of the ones expected of any solicitor. (If you’re not sure what those more general skills are, this article is a good place to start.) The Jackson reforms (which were implemented in April 2013) have had significant impact on the litigation…

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How-to guide for effective networking

Networking is a key part of being a solicitor. There is an expectation for solicitors to develop business, and while there are lots of strategies for business development, networking is one of the best. Here’s our how-to guide to networking effectively. Be prepared Before you attend at event, see if you can get your hands…

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Cash v Profit – Why lawyers must understand the impact for clients

One in four businesses fail in the first year; and over a half don’t get past 5 years due to poor cash flow management. So why does such an everyday concept of managing cash have such a significant impact on a business’ ability to make a profit and in many cases survive and, what’s more,…

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