2019 AND CIVIL PROCEDURE THE YEAR IN REVIEW: WELL BEING: LOOKING AFTER OURSELVES SO WE CAN LOOK AFTER OTHERS

This year has seen a large number of posts on avoiding stress and dealing with the difficulties that lawyers can have in litigation.

 

MARCH: FIND MUGGLES AND DISCONNECT FROM YOUR WORK: “LAWYERS JUST NEED TO HAVE FUN”

March had three posts on well being.

In response to a tweet from “BunglingBarrister”  there was a whole series on how lawyers relax.

  “Some of the happiest, most well-adjusted, and most effective people I know are also people who have a profound ability to disconnect from their work.

I took the opportunity to go through the history of posts on wellbeing on the blog in

“Posts on Stress and Litigation A recap.”

The Secret Barrister @BarristerSecret

Be kind to people. Few can expect to be the best lawyer in the room, but anyone can be the nicest

“Be kind to people”: the (almost) complete guide for aspirant and new lawyers from Twitter.  

APRIL: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THINGS HAVE GONE WRONG?

“My good friend once led with “your honour I have looked exhaustively at who is to blame for this and I’m afraid that it is me””

Lawyers: what do you do when things have gone wrong? Meaningful advice from people who know (and care): When you think something is hitting the fan

What do lawyers dream about? Odd shoes, pink hair and being late for court.

Being a lawyer and a parent: can the two be combined?

“Course they are so long as you drop the machismo BS about being a superhero lawyer and juggle like any other working parent. THAT said, trial lawyers are like submariners – out of touch & in the dark for periods of time then surfacing into the commotion of bright light & life.”

MAY: PROCRASTINATION AND DEADLINES

Lawyers deadlines and procrastination: how do you deal with it all?

“Dividing big tasks into chunks and putting each chunk on your To Do list can help. Then you can deal with easy or quick tasks when you have time/inclination/confidence to do them. As you see the list get crossed off, you might feel better about the other elements.”

JUNE: WHEN THINGS GO WRONG HAVE  A PLAN

When things go wrong in litigation (and one day they will). Tell someone, have a plan, don’t lie and read Steve Cornforth’s Blog.

JULY: STOPPING BULLYING AT WORK

Putting an end to bullying in the legal profession: useful links

Bullying at work: how do you deal with it? Contributions from Twitter.

THE ADVICE TO A NEARLY QUALIFIED LITIGATOR SERIES

AUGUST: THE STRESS OF GOING ON HOLIDAY

THE “STAYING SANE AS A LITIGATOR” SERIES

These cover several months.

NOVEMBER

Dealing with the bereaved client: useful links and guidance (2019)