130 episodes

The Tips for Lawyers show is here to provide lawyers with the tools they need to thrive in legal practice.

It's to fill a gap in the training of law students, lawyers and attorneys: practical legal skills and training.

Lawyers and attorneys for a long time now have begun to ignore or avoid the skills and knowledge that are being utilised by businesses and entrepreneurs all over the world.

For some reason, we seem to think that we are special in legal practice, and avoid taking on board skills that could help us develop better relationships with clients, more valuable endeavours for our law firms, and better outcomes in terms of profit.

The Tips For Lawyers show will deal with topics that allow us to improve our communication skills, our marketing and business development (or rainmaking), our productivity as lawyers, time billing and recording, persuasion and advocacy, legal writing skills and drafting, and an abundance of other ways in which lawyers can be more personally productive, useful and beneficial to their firm and their client.

The show also deals with the struggles and issues that young lawyers face in getting through day to day practice.

Subscribe today - and see how you can genuinely love a legal career.

Tips for Lawyers Podcast Chris Hargreaves: Lawyer (attorney)

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    • 4.8, 46 Ratings

The Tips for Lawyers show is here to provide lawyers with the tools they need to thrive in legal practice.

It's to fill a gap in the training of law students, lawyers and attorneys: practical legal skills and training.

Lawyers and attorneys for a long time now have begun to ignore or avoid the skills and knowledge that are being utilised by businesses and entrepreneurs all over the world.

For some reason, we seem to think that we are special in legal practice, and avoid taking on board skills that could help us develop better relationships with clients, more valuable endeavours for our law firms, and better outcomes in terms of profit.

The Tips For Lawyers show will deal with topics that allow us to improve our communication skills, our marketing and business development (or rainmaking), our productivity as lawyers, time billing and recording, persuasion and advocacy, legal writing skills and drafting, and an abundance of other ways in which lawyers can be more personally productive, useful and beneficial to their firm and their client.

The show also deals with the struggles and issues that young lawyers face in getting through day to day practice.

Subscribe today - and see how you can genuinely love a legal career.

    Law is Hard – Deal with It

    Law is Hard – Deal with It

    I get it – bad things do happen in a legal career, and there are certainly some aspects that need “fixing”.



    But the truth is, even if we fix everything we can, a legal career is still going to be challenging at intellectual, emotional and spiritual levels.



    So if you’re not up for that, or at least prepared to start arming yourself with the necessary tools, perhaps this isn’t the career for you.

    I get it – bad things do happen in a legal career, and there are certainly some aspects that need “fixing”.



    But the truth is, even if we fix everything we can, a legal career is still going to be challenging at intellectual, emotional and spiritual levels.



    So if you’re not up for that, or at least prepared to start arming yourself with the necessary tools, perhaps this isn’t the career for you.

    • 10 min
    How to Write Shorter Letters

    How to Write Shorter Letters

    Your letters are too long. Time to fix it.

    Your letters are too long. Time to fix it.

    • 13 min
    Are Young Lawyers Incompetent at Business?

    Are Young Lawyers Incompetent at Business?

    And, more importantly, does it have to be that way?



    By applying a simple change in the way you perceive your decisions, you can start to ensure that you are working towards being a more valuable contributor to your firm every day.

    And, more importantly, does it have to be that way?



    By applying a simple change in the way you perceive your decisions, you can start to ensure that you are working towards being a more valuable contributor to your firm every day.

    • 16 min
    Does your Drafting Achieve its Purpose?

    Does your Drafting Achieve its Purpose?

    Audience, Purpose, Tone and Brevity – you’ve heard me say it before, and you probably will again. These are the key elements of excellent legal drafting.



    So how can we ensure that the purpose of our legal drafting is well defined, and that what we produce achieves that purpose?



    Let’s chat about that in this podcast.

    Audience, Purpose, Tone and Brevity – you’ve heard me say it before, and you probably will again. These are the key elements of excellent legal drafting.



    So how can we ensure that the purpose of our legal drafting is well defined, and that what we produce achieves that purpose?



    Let’s chat about that in this podcast.

    • 8 min
    Getting your Tone Right

    Getting your Tone Right

    Legal drafting isn’t just a way of throwing clever words on a page in a particular order.



    It’s about the right words, for the right situation, to achieve the desired purpose for the recipient.



    And a big part of that involves getting the right tone in your communication – if every piece of correspondence you send out is in precisely the same style and manner, then you’re probably not even turning your mind to this important issue.



    So let’s talk about tone.

    Legal drafting isn’t just a way of throwing clever words on a page in a particular order.



    It’s about the right words, for the right situation, to achieve the desired purpose for the recipient.



    And a big part of that involves getting the right tone in your communication – if every piece of correspondence you send out is in precisely the same style and manner, then you’re probably not even turning your mind to this important issue.



    So let’s talk about tone.

    • 4 min
    What to Do When You’re Not Busy

    What to Do When You’re Not Busy

    As lawyers we’re busy a lot, and some lawyers declare their busy-ness even when they’re not.



    But for young lawyers the first time they experience a period of relatively low workload can actually be a bit daunting. What should you be doing with that time if nobody has any work to give you?



    Do you just tap your fingers on the desk until people give you work?

    As lawyers we’re busy a lot, and some lawyers declare their busy-ness even when they’re not.



    But for young lawyers the first time they experience a period of relatively low workload can actually be a bit daunting. What should you be doing with that time if nobody has any work to give you?



    Do you just tap your fingers on the desk until people give you work?

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

imogen p. ,

Great podcast

I’m a final year law student in Vic and I’ve found this podcast very useful. It’s great at giving a good reality check about the legal industry. I’ve shared your podcast with my university law society and had some great feedback from students.

Coolgod ,

Competent and concise, awesome

Keep up the good work

JacksonGIlbert ,

Brilliant

Brilliant. Simple. Enjoyable.

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