It’s a paradox, isn’t it, that most highly-educated, accomplished people working in professional services such as law and finance struggle with confidence? It’s one of… Read More »Why telling juniors to be more confident doesn’t work (and what to say instead)
Life in the Law
We’re obsessed with imposter syndrome, aren’t we? There’s always someone going on about it. President Biden even got in on the act recently, saying he… Read More »You don’t have imposter syndrome. You want to be an outsider.
Well, what a weird thing to say… I mean, who doesn’t believe in wellbeing? Particularly at the moment, with reports of staff in professional services… Read More »Why I’m no longer talking about “wellbeing”
Contrary to popular belief, most lawyers spend their lives attempting to dissuade rather than persuade their clients to go to court.
Those on the ‘inside’ of the profession know only too well the flaws of the system and the reasons why court is often best avoided.
The legal world was rocked last week (OK, slight exaggeration) by what is now known as ‘Vardie cardie gate’ (or ‘Vardigan gate’, to use its formal name). An email written by well-known family law firm owner Ayesha Vardag was leaked to the press, in which she berated staff for wearing cardigans or ‘winter woolies’ that would look more in place round a fire than on high flying lawyers. She also condemned other sartorial no-no’s such as ‘super-tight trousers’ and pointy or brown shoes (‘no brown in town’)
It’s a curious job, being a family lawyer. Yes, you need to be a technical expert, meticulous drafter, font of legal knowledge, tenacious advocate. But the demands of the job go way beyond the legal. You’re also required to act as therapist, life coach, parent and best friend all rolled into one (and to think some say family law is just about adding everything up and dividing by two…)
Annmarie: Well, Jo, things have got pretty weird since our last blog haven’t they? Over a month into lockdown now due to Covid 19 and I think we’re all feeling a constant low-level anxiety. How can we cope? There’ve been reports of some people drinking more alcohol in lockdown (reports suggest 1 in 5 people in the UK are drinking more) while others have cut it out completely.Read More »Sober Lawyers discuss…booze and lockdown
Annmarie: Jo, we wanted to have a chat about the festive season and dealing with work Christmas parties when you’re sober or trying to cut down or stop.
I think for many people this time of year is a tricky one. What’s it like for you as a sober lawyer?Read More »Sober Lawyers Discuss…Work Christmas Parties