COVID REPEATS 9: A LOT OF WISDOM ABOUT LEGAL PRACTICE FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE
This is a repeat of a post that contained a lot of wisdom from a lot of people. Lawyers (including judges) on Twitter sent in dozens of contributions on advice to young lawyers. All of it is worth repeating (and there is more to come…)
APPEAR TO BE BUSY
To appear hardworking and committed, send email to solicitor/court/chambers just before you go to bed though written earlier!
— Andrew (@andybarc)
@andybarc Outlook has a facility to automatically send an email later. Very helpful.
— Ben (@1867ben)
is it too late to remind that fragrance in court matters too? Never wear anything that has same reaction as tear gas.
— Mary Aspinall-Miles (@MAM12CP)
HOW TO HAVE A GRIZZLY END
@DTWorkNew @CivilLitTweet If you dictate with a boiled sweet in your mouth, your secretary will have you killed in a way that would terrify GRR Martin.
— Pablo Von Helsing (@ReasonAboveAll)
CALLING A JUDGE A RETARD IS BAD FORM
When signing an email off to a judge, “Regards” is fine “Retards” not so good #lawschool #spellcheckcantsaveyounow
— Keith Etherington (@K_Etherington)
KEEP LETTERS SHORT
There is very rarely a need to send a letter over two pages in length.
— Jane Radcliffe (@jane_jradcliffe)
WALK WHILE YOU SPEAK
When dictating (if that still exists when you qualify) walking whilst speaking increases the quality of your content tenfold.
— Daniel Taylor (@DTWorkNew)
TWITTER (USED PROPERLY) IS A PROPER EDUCATION
Used correctly, Twitter is a much greater source of CPD than all the webinars in the world.
— Daniel Taylor (@DTWorkNew) 15 January 2017@hselftax @Adam_Creme @CivilLitTweet I used to dictate “To this end, …”. My PA would always hear it as “To descend, …”
THE BEST WAY TO GET YOUR CASE CALLED ON
@CivilLitTweet buying a coffee/starting to eat some food is a sure fire way of your case being called on next@ChrisCjwood @CivilLitTweet When young you want to show willing & be useful. BUT: Don’t do home visits alone. Don’t process serve inside hse@CivilLitTweet Always staple inwards, otherwise the file will get its revenge & you’ll bleed over the papers you have to hand out #lawschool@Adam_Creme @CivilLitTweet @PhilipJMorris my Blackberry decided to autocorrect to “Kind retards” for a while. Think I managed to re-correct.@CivilLitTweet only use yellow highlighters so it won’t show up when photocopied. Do an attendance note or case diary entry for everything.@CivilLitTweet Privately paying client- get money on account. It isn’t uncouth and you are not Barclays. They refuse – dodged a bullet.@CivilLitTweet the judge is usually trying to ask you for help. Listen carefully and don’t assume they are trying to shaft you.@CivilLitTweet The most plausible case will usually beat the most technically brilliant. Judges are people with common sense.@CivilLitTweet Some of your clearest thinking happens in the early hours of the morning at a weekend. Office hours mean nothing…😶@tonylaw67 @CivilLitTweet so very true, they can sometimes pull great favours with listing too – specially in the mags court.@CivilLitTweet if you think it’s all about golf and long lunches, it’s not 1983. Unless you’re senior partner in corporate.@CivilLitTweet I always take time to have or at least offer coffee after a lengthy hearing with my oppo. It is ‘civil’ litigation after all.@CivilLitTweet everyone is inevitably wrong at some point, no matter how convincined they are to the contrary@CivilLitTweet The person who decides: -When you go before the judge; -When you call the client back; Are far more important than you…
Retweeted by Gordon Exall
@CivilLitTweet flat shoes essential. Double stuffed oreos also an essential choice for a sugar induced post-lunch energy burst
CONCISE IS NICE
Any more practical advice for law students on reality of legal practice? #lawschool