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Farewell and happy holidays from your YLS President

16 Dec 2014

The year is coming to a close and I am thrilled to share with you some of the key achievements and contributions of the YLS.

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Eight top tips for being the best lawyer possible in 2015

16 Dec 2014

Where has this year gone? I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed bringing you these blogs this year – and the great comments I receive have not only surprised me but have inspired me. But here it is – my last blog! I’ve been reviewing the stats of the blogs this year, and found the most popular ones and from this I’ve compiled my top eight tips for being the best possible lawyer you can be in 2015. Here goes:

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Ten tips for spreading some Christmas cheer and giving back to the community

10 Dec 2014

Christmas is near and many young lawyers are eager to spread some good cheer and get into the spirit of giving. With a new year on the horizon, this is also the perfect time to plan how you can be more involved in your community in 2015, using the following ideas:

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How to be prepared for the holidays (so you can actually have a rest)

10 Dec 2014

End of year is a brilliant time and for most of us it’s essential to take a break and recharge. It’s comforting to know that most other people are on leave too so the work isn’t just piling up. So prepare to be unavailable, knowing that there is a well-oiled machine ticking away while you’re out of the office.

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What to buy for your Kris Kringle that won’t sabotage your career

03 Dec 2014

Have you bought your Kris Kringle gift yet? While this can be a fun workplace tradition that can help bring everyone together it can also be a mine field of potentially embarrassing or inadvertently offensive gifts. Well, not this year – as a very mature aged and experienced Santa I’m here to help!

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How to avoid letting your Christmas party ruin your career

03 Dec 2014

Don’t go if you can’t trust yourself: I know – a cop out right? But if you disgraced yourself last year, or have a habit of getting a bit too excited too quickly, or you become a sobbing mess after two drinks (which you know you’ll have) perhaps you want to consider skipping it. If you’re part of a big organisation, you probably won’t be missed and will wake up feeling much better than your work colleagues the next day.

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Introducing e-settlement
Introducing e-settlement

 Russell Cocks 01 Dec 2014

Early adopters can feel comfortable with an electronic conveyancing special condition. The much anticipated arrival of e-conveyancing, at least in relation to settlement, is upon us with...

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Why the gender gap is everyone's issue

26 Nov 2014

The gender gap does not only hurt women, it hurts everyone.

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Alternatives to litigation that can keep you and your client happy

26 Nov 2014

There’s no doubt that litigation is an important part of the justice system, but it can often be a long, drawn out and stressful process for both the client and solicitor, and the large majority of cases usually settle before they go to a court judgment.

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Sexual Harassment – the YLS says “NO”

19 Nov 2014

The Young Lawyers Section is concerned by the recent findings of the Law Council of Australia’s National Attrition and Reengagement Study and subsequent report published in March this year.

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Sexual harassment – how to stop it happening in your office

19 Nov 2014

I was impressed and inspired by Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Ken Lay’s attack on members who continue to perpetuate a culture of sexual harassment within the police force. The message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, combined with the announcement of a ‘frank and fearless’ review of sexual harassment by Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, sends a clear message that times are changing within our police force.

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Common mistakes lawyers make in their first year of practice (& how to avoid them)

12 Nov 2014

Making the move from student to fully-fledged lawyer is full of unknowns and your job can become so all-consuming that it’s easy to lose sight of the basics. But there are some critical and common mistakes that many young lawyers make, and we’d like you to avoid them! 

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Lawyers' etiquette - twelve rules to live by

12 Nov 2014

I’ve watched a number of what I considered to be basic common sense  etiquette and manners be broken over the past week, which never fails to surprise me in our profession. So with the danger zone of the ‘silly season’ upon us and maybe all of us are starting to feel weary I thought I’d share my thoughts on what I think are some etiquette rules that lawyers should adhere to. I know these points are pretty basic - but how many have you broken lately?

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Social media evidence – how to make it work for you, not against you

06 Nov 2014

We recently heard a cautionary tale from an LIV member. He described a case where his firm was acting for a client who had suffered a car accident that had apparently caused damage to her cognitive function, diminishing her decision making ability, concentration and causing stress that rendered her unable to maintain social relationships.

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Eight tips to improve your time management skills to survive the silly season

05 Nov 2014

Have you noticed that once we’ve had the race that stops Victoria working, everyone’s mind seems to turn to Christmas? And as I’m sure you’ve realised, there is no greater deadline than Christmas. Already the cries are ringing out around the office “it must be done by Christmas!” So before you get caught up in the crazy silly season busyness, we thought we’d share our top time management tips to help you survive the next 49 days. You’re welcome.

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