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Does your boss have your back?

23 Jul 2014

If I punched you in the face at work and your boss didn’t stick up for you, how would you feel?

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Kids in immigration detention: what’s the story?

23 Jul 2014

On the 14 May 2014, the LIV Young Lawyers Section Community Issues Committee hosted a fantastic Hot Topic session: Children in Immigration Detention. We were fortunate to hear from panellists The Hon Frank Vincent AO QC, the National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell, and Dr Ida Kaplan from Foundation House, as well as Julian Burnside AO QC as moderator.

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Writing that clicks - Five little words you need to know for better letter writing

16 Jul 2014

As young lawyers, we’re often asked to draft correspondence to a myriad of recipients- other lawyers, lay witnesses, sophisticated clients, courts and expert witnesses. These written pieces all have one thing in common- they require a practical, plain English approach. An easy way of ensuring this happens is to check- does it CLICK? Clear, layout, introduce your main contention early, concise and know your audience – these are the keys to unlocking successful letter writing.

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How to work productively when you’re not at the office

16 Jul 2014

The work landscape is changing – particularly in law. I’ve read recent stories of experienced senior lawyers exchanging life in a large firm for a more flexible boutique set up, and more firms are offering flexible work conditions in an effort to retain top talent.

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How to do a “life check” for a better career & happier life

09 Jul 2014

When I was out running this week I appreciated how much my outdoor time gives me the head space to think about some of the important things in life and is it going to plan? It made me question – do we all get so caught up in the business of life that we forget what it is we’re working so hard for? And I decided it was time to stop and ‘check in’ on my life plan. And this week I’m encouraging you to do the same thing.

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How to manage client expectations

09 Jul 2014

As lawyers, we are often working with clients when they are not at their best – they may be under pressure, distressed or confused by the legal issue facing them. Even if we are fortunate enough to start off with an excellent relationship with our client we still need to ensure that it is not built on unrealistic expectations, oth-erwise the relationship will quickly disintegrate when reality does not meet their vision.

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How to avoid a conflict of interest

02 Jul 2014

How can you avoid conflict of interest?

It’s often said that death and taxes are the only certainties in life. Well, in daily legal practice, we need to add as one of our certainties the spectre of conflict of interest.

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Careers in Law – Ever dreamed of working for the Coroner’s Court?

01 Jul 2014

Welcome to the YLS Professional Development Committee’s monthly feature blog, ‘Careers in Law’.  This month the Committee interviewed Nisha Jholl to find out what it’s like to work at the Coroners Court of Victoria as a solicitor. 

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Five tips for getting the most out of performance & salary reviews

25 Jun 2014

Its performance review season again and the biggest question for young lawyers everywhere is, “what can I expect and how can I get the most out of this experience?

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Why you should always celebrate your successes at work

25 Jun 2014

It’s coming up to end of financial year and regardless of how exhausted you might feel, it’s worthwhile to take time out to celebrate your successes this year. Rather than pouring over any mistakes and misses, it’s a good time to focus on the progress we have made. Now is the time to get positive!

 

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How to deliver bad news effectively

18 Jun 2014

There comes a time in everyone’s career when we have the unenviable task of giving someone – a client, a boss, a colleague or staff member – bad news. While no one likes to be the bearer of bad news, it’s a mark of a good lawyer to be able to give it gracefully and firmly. As we all know, giving bad news effectively is often essential to keeping your company or account healthy. So how can you give bad news without it sending you into a nose dive of anxiety?

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Eight tips for preparing your client for court

18 Jun 2014

For many people, the extent of what they know about court is limited to television and movies. However, when it comes to actually preparing for trial, unless your client is an experienced litigant you will need to guide them through the process. Here are eight of our tips for getting your client court-ready:

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Five common workplace fears of lawyers and how to overcome them

11 Jun 2014

Let's face it, we lawyers can be a pretty tough bunch and the hypercritical mirror we hold up to ourselves daily can put us under enormous stress.  In fact it is a contributing factor in the high rate of mental illness in our profession.  

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Ten ways to save more money this financial year

10 Jun 2014

Managing your money means managing your life. How often do you get to the end of the month and wonder where all your money went? It can be difficult to manage your finances and stick to a budget but we’ve got ten killer tips to help make this financial year your most rewarding yet!

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Five tips to improve your public speaking

04 Jun 2014

It's been said that more people are afraid of public speaking than dying.The absurdity of this proposition prompted Jerry Seinfeld to famously remark that, at a funeral, more people would apparently rather be in the casket than delivering the eulogy. However, terrifying it might seem to stand up and talk in front of a crowd of people, it's an important skill and one that can be developed through practise and preparation.

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