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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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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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