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Five signs that you are too busy & how to fix it

28 May 2014

As lawyers, it’s important to be able to logically and calmly process information and situations at all times. If you’re over busy and stressed, this can become impossible.
So how do you know that you’re just too busy? Here are warning signs and some practical examples from our Wellbeing and the Law (WATL) ambassadors:

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Careers in Law: Could you purchase a practice?

28 May 2014

In 2011 the YLS Professional Development Committee launched a new initiative to highlight to both law graduates and those looking for a career change, the different career opportunities available. Known as ‘Careers in Law’ and previously published in LawinBrief, the profiles will now become a regular feature of our Young Lawyers’ Blog and be published on the last Thursday of each month. This will facilitate a more in depth look at the career pathways of the LIV members that we profile.

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Why the law is too blunt an instrument to stop HIV

21 May 2014

The International AIDS Conference will be held in Melbourne in July. The conference, one of the largest in the world, attracts tens of thousands of activists, politicians, scientists, doctors and a diverse group of community members affected by HIV.

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How to recover from a Career Limiting Move

21 May 2014

I was recently introduced to the concept of “CLM” – a Career Limiting Move. After having a bit of a laugh at this abbreviation, I did think further about this topic, and more importantly, how can you recover from making a mistake at work? Here are my tips:

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Why helping your community makes good business sense

14 May 2014

While I really enjoy being the LIV president, some weeks can be a real stand out – and this week is one of them. Not only do I have the honour of presenting the Law Institute of Victoria Awards on Friday, but I was able to speak with the inspirational nominees of the new Real Law Program, which highlights the contribution lawyers make within their communities through advocacy, charitable works and volunteering.

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Five tips for dealing with difficult clients

14 May 2014

Unfortunately, most, if not all of us, have had the displeasure of taking on a difficult client. If you are new to the profession, or haven’t had a difficult client in while, working out how to manage them whilst remaining professional and achieving your work goals can be daunting.  

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The five biggest mistakes lawyers make in court (and how to avoid them)

07 May 2014

I’ve been fortunately enough to meet with several judges this week, and it prompted me to reflect on the considerable number of court appearances I’ve made over the 30 plus years of my career. From starting off with call over's to misdemeanors in the local county court to separate representation of children in the Family Court to Federal Court liquidation proceedings. I think it’s fair to say that while I’ve had successes that thrilled me to the core, I’ve made mistakes that have made me feel like an unpopular school boy in the principal’s office! So I thought I’d share with you the biggest mistakes that lawyers make in court, and how to avoid them:

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The Bolt case – the view from across the bar table

07 May 2014

With all the publicity surrounding the recent proposed reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act, the LIV Young Lawyers’ Section thought it was timely that we interview a lawyer directly involved in the running of the Bolt case1 which has triggered the current controversial reforms. We chat with the instructing solicitor on the case and Senior Associate at Holding Redlich Joel Zyngier about what it was like to be part of such a significant piece of legal history.

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Managing up – Six ways to build a better relationship with your boss

30 Apr 2014

I have had a broad range of bosses in my time, in both law firms and industry with some exceptional, some average and some best forgotten. But like it or not, there is a critically interdependent relationship between you and your boss, so you’d be advised to invest in making this relationship work. But how?

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How to find law jobs online
How to find law jobs online

 Jess Mills 30 Apr 2014

Your dream job could be only a click away- you just have to find it. This week we have compiled some great tips for wading through the masses of information on the internet and...

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Reflecting on your career – 5 questions to consider

23 Apr 2014

The last time I considered my aspirations, needs and goals, I had just returned to work from maternity leave and felt that I had changed and my career needed to change with me. 

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Seven ways to rediscover your passion for law

23 Apr 2014

Have you ever doubted your decision to pursue a career in law? You can’t seem to muster the passion that once drove you? This week I’ve been reading Rabia Siddique’s book, Equal Justice and I’ve found it absolutely inspiring. Rabia has overcome incredible challenges in her career in law, which has covered life as a soldier, civil rights lawyer, to international author.

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How to waste less time and achieve more in meetings

16 Apr 2014

Reducing the amount of precious time spent in meetings has been a pet pursuit of mine over my career where productivity is key and time wasters are the enemy. Meetings are one of life’s great time sucks, and I know I’m going to sound a little harsh, but I promise I’m just trying to save you from yourself. Here are my suggestions on how to win some life back:

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Seven tips to manage your time-based billing

15 Apr 2014

If you’ve been reading legal websites and journals of late, you would be forgiven for thinking that time-based billing is on the way out. In reality, most firms still employ time-based billing, especially on litigation matters. Accurately recording your time in six, ten or even fifteen minute blocks is a struggle for many lawyers, especially those starting out in practice. Often clients will query and heavily scrutinise bills which can add to the pressure of accurate and effective time recording.

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How to get the most out of your PLT or SWT

09 Apr 2014

How can you get more out of your Practical Legal Training or Supervised Workplace Training?
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about law graduates and those young lawyers starting out in their career. I remembered doing my articles and being terrified and wildly excited all at once. Of course, doing ‘Articles’ has now evolved into Practical Legal Training or Supervised Workplace Training and I’ve been thinking about what advice I would give that ambitious young Geoffrey knowing what I now know! So I’m delighted to share with you my experience along with some of my esteemed colleagues.

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