Book recommendation: Winners: And How They Succeed Hardcover by Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambition? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mindset something we can all develop? Drawing on the wisdom of an astonishing array of talented people – from elite athletes to top managers, from rulers of countries to rulers of global business empires – Alastair Campbell uses his forensic skills, as well as his own experience of politics and sport, to get to the heart of success. He examines how winners tick. He considers how they build great teams. He analyses how they deal with unexpected setbacks and new challenges. He judges what the very different worlds of politics, business and sport can learn from one another. And he sets out a blueprint for winning that we can all follow.

Available from Amazon.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Weekend video: J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement

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Book recommendation: May it Please Your Lordship by Toby Potts

Toby Potts has just qualified as a barrister and is about to embark on a career in one of the world’s oldest professions. Stirring speeches to rapt juries, triumphant press interviews and enormous fees paid by grateful clients. he can see it all. But unfortunately, he has reckoned without Judge ‘Bonkers’ Clarke, The Honourable Mr ‘Sourpuss’ Boniface and a range of other equally terrifying, grumpy and borderline insane judges – not to mention tricky solicitors, bent coppers and dodgy defendants.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Weekend video: Lee Child: Man of Mystery

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Book recommendation: The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks

Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years. A Viking would understand the work they do: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells. These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd’s year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the world changes around them. Many stories are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay. James Rebanks is the Herdwick Shepherd, whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter (@herdyshepherd1). His family has farmed in the same area for more than six hundred years.

Available from Amazon.

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Monday morning with Alex Williams’ cartoons

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This cartoon is by Alex Williams who draws the Queen’s Counsel cartoons for The Times and in numerous books including The Queen’s Counsel Lawyer’s Omnibus. He offers almost all of his cartoons for sale at ÂŁ120 for originals and ÂŁ40 for copies and they can be obtained from this email info@qccartoon.com.

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Weekend video: Powers of Ten™ (1977)

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The True Conveyancing Reality

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As a law student, it can be challenging to find the niche you’d like to spend the rest of your career working in. To help you make your decision, here we evaluate the positives (and, sometimes, negatives) of working in conveyancing law. Do you think this sort of work is for you? Let’s find out!

Client Interaction

A conveyancing lawyer is never lonely. If you’re not interacting with clients, you are liaising with vibrant estate agents. To work in conveyancing, you have to like communicating with people, as you’ll be working with them almost as much as you’ll be working with properties! You’ll also have to master the knack of explaining complicated concepts in simple terms, so other people understand.

Rewarding Work

A home isn’t just bricks and mortar; it’s more than that. This is a hugely meaningful process for your client, and seeing them settled in their dream property starts to mean a lot to you. Their happiness is infectious, and you’re surprised at how much you care about finding them their ideal nest (especially for the clients that you like!) It’s also quite nice to muse over various homes, weighing up their pros and cons.

Profitability

Conveyancing law is a competitive environment, but you’re never going to be short on work. It’s very easy to be profitable as a conveyancer, so you don’t have to worry about being a penniless lawyer, as long as you work hard. Which leads to…

Working In a Wide Team

It’s likely that you will be working as part of a wide team. If you like the company, then this is fantastic. It also means that you can fall back on a reliable support net, when you take on more than you have time for.

Fast-Paced

If you really come into your own in a fast-paced environment, conveyancing law is for you. Although this may be a negative for some people, quick, pressured work works well for many others; the days will go by speedily, meaning you’ll blink and it will already be almost home time. Just try to resist the urge to take your work home with you!

You will have plenty of deadlines to meet, and juggling all of your clients can be fairly complicated. However, like anything, you will get the hang of things with time.

The negative side to this? With a stack of files to sift through, it’s unlikely that you will have time for lunch (except at your desk, with the other hand still typing) or breaks – you’ll be down to the wire most days. However, if you were already expecting this, as a law student (many law environments are like this), then it’s not too hard a pill to swallow.

If you’re still uncertain, try out a little work placement at a local conveyancing law firm and see if it suits you.

Would you consider becoming a conveyancing lawyer? Let us know!

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