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Eight signs that it’s time to find a new job

09 Apr 2014

Since I started in law in 1979, I’ve had about ten significant career changes, which probably makes me a bit unusual for a lawyer of my generation. But today’s new lawyers are probably looking at having double that. So why have I made so many changes? And how did I know when it was time to move on?

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How to manage and mentor young lawyers to maximise their success

02 Apr 2014

We have an enormous wealth of talent coming out of our universities, but the question is how many of these talented people end up in practice and, of those, how many remain in the profession for the long term?

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Why choose to specialise in Family law?

02 Apr 2014

This week the LIV's Young Lawyers’ Section interviewed Tim Gough who is an Associate at M+K Lawyers, was the 2013 co-chair of the YLS Social Committee, a competitor in 2013 Victorian Golden Gavel Competition and is an LIV Accredited Specialist. Tim shares with us some of his insights on practising family law and deciding to become an accredited specialist early on in his career.

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Eight reasons to try a new practice area

26 Mar 2014

Law students are often expected to promptly transition from law school into a legal practice area where they wish to advance their careers.  Keeping an open mind during this journey of self-discovery is essential and as someone who has experienced seven different practice areas in four years, I certainly know what I’m talking about! Here are some tips to keep in mind along the way:

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Eight ways to improve your team’s morale

26 Mar 2014

Today I encourage you to take a look around and ask “is my workplace as happy as it could be?” If the answer is no I encourage you to start thinking of ways to improve this as low morale can cause poor productivity, costly high turnover and worst of all – it spreads like a disease.

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15 tips for kick starting your legal career

19 Mar 2014

Have you ever wondered what makes good lawyers so successful? This week the LIV held the annual Orientation for New Lawyers event which included a ‘45 tips in 45 minutes’ session presented by three exceptional young lawyers. Here are some of their fantastic tips for career success!

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Five ways to increase your confidence

19 Mar 2014

Do you ever find yourself falling prey to the negative thoughts in your head?

We’re in an increasingly tough profession and I think we’ve all probably had days when we feel we’ve taken one hit too many to our confidence. We might have had to step outside our comfort zone and face a new challenge that is either uncomfortable or exciting.

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Seven ways to deal with a difficult person at work

12 Mar 2014

I don’t know about you but along the journey of legal life I have invariably come across in every workplace someone who is just plain difficult.  Do you work with someone that criticises everything that isn’t their idea? Or perhaps takes credit for your work? Never meets a deadline? Is prone to mood swings or just takes forever to make a decision? Difficult personalities at work come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s a rare career that doesn’t encounter at least a few ‘difficult personalities’.

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Six tips for appearing in court for the first time

12 Mar 2014

Very little is more daunting than appearing in court for the first time. No matter how many mock court exercises you have done or practice runs in the mirror there is bound to be nerves.

So here are some essential tips to ensure you overcome the hurdle of your first court appearance and strive towards becoming a formidable advocate.

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The advantages of working in a regional or suburban law firm

05 Mar 2014

Are you a law student considering practising in regional or suburban Victoria? Or perhaps you’re currently practising in the CBD but considering a tree change? This week the YLS set about getting some insight from its Regional & Suburban Young Lawyers Committee and prominent LIV members as to why they love working outside the city. Here is what they had to say.

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Five tips for winning more business

05 Mar 2014

Seems we’re always hearing about the enormous changes confronting the legal profession – things like the globalisation of law firms, the pace of technological change, increased operating costs, market slowdowns and, of course, the slow but inevitable death of the billable hour.

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From tweet to defeat
From tweet to defeat

 Bill Doogue 03 Mar 2014

Social media has assumed a central importance in criminal law, faster arguably than in any other specialty. I firmly believe that if a lawyer does not have a strong grasp...

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Beware anti-social media
Beware anti-social media

 Fabian Horton 03 Mar 2014

Social media should not be considered a limited issue. Since it can move between the professional and the personal as well as the private and the public, most areas of law can be...

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Sharing in the digital age
Sharing in the digital age

 Fabian Horton 03 Mar 2014

The introduction of Web 2.0 has enabled interaction and collaboration between users and transformed our personal and professional lives...

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Why choose a career in Administrative law?

26 Feb 2014

This week the LIV's Young Lawyer Section interviewed Katie Miller who is a Principal Solicitor in the Government and Public Law Branch of the VGSO, the Chair of the LIV’s Social Media Taskforce and an LIV Accredited Specialist.

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