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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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5 important qualities to look for when recruiting

26 Feb 2014

Does our profession put too much emphasis on high marks?

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Eight reasons why the experts recommend professional development beyond compliance

19 Feb 2014

When young lawyers think about professional development they often associate the term exclusively with ensuring that they obtain the necessary amount of CPD units per year and it can result in a scramble to meet this requirement.

Sure, CPD units are important. In fact, all legal practitioners who hold a Victorian Practising Certificate are required to complete 10 hours of CPD activities every CPD year (even if the holder practises interstate or overseas).

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Five ways to be happier at work

19 Feb 2014

For those of you who know me, the following will come as no surprise.

I love my job.

Well, 80% of it, at least. There’s about 10% that’s a bit tedious and another 10% I’d like to change. 

Sadly, I think that with the many challenges and changes facing our profession, it’s becoming harder for a lot of lawyers to love their jobs. They probably still love the law, but working as a lawyer brings with it so many pressures that have very little to do with the actual practise of the law.

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Six ways to get more out of your day

12 Feb 2014

I’m now into my second month as President and, as you’d expect, it’s quite a challenge finding the time to fit everything in.  

When we take on more or find ourselves in a particularly busy patch, it’s tempting to just add on a few hours at the end of the day. Sometimes that can’t be helped, but I’ve found there are a few things we can all try that will improve our productivity and hopefully get us back to a good work life balance:

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So why tweet?

12 Feb 2014

My first exposure to Twitter was likely through seeing tweets of ‘celebrities’ on TV and MX on the tram. My perspective changed in 2009 when working on the ‘Hollywood’ vs iiNet copyright litigation, which became known on Twitter as #iitrial.  This hotly contested litigation became the first civil case to be live-tweeted in Australia.

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Want to have better client conversations?

05 Feb 2014

Anyone out there have an uneasy chat with a client recently? Maybe there was a bill involved or some unrealistic expectations? I think we’ve all been there. I know I certainly have and the disquiet never seems to disappear.

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