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  • May 25, 2012
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    So you want to be a Partner?

    So you want to be a partner? Chances are, so do many of your peers, because in addition to the financial rewards of partnership, the ability to have an input into the direction of the firm is an aspiration many lawyers share.   So what are firms looking for when they appoint a partner? Obviously [...]

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  • May 04, 2012
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    Negotiating your Salary Review

    When I started thinking about this blog the first thing I did was to have a look at what other people had to say on the topic. What I discovered was a plethora of articles that told you how to prepare for a salary review, but very little in the way of advice on how [...]

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  • May 02, 2012
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    Canberra? Tick

    Canberra. Our Nation’s capital. The ‘bush capital’. The city that was created from scratch in the middle of a paddock following an international contest for its design. Aside from its SimCity façade and the invariable feeling that you’re driving in circles through its endless roundabouts, Canberra’s great. Many bawdy taboos are legal, mini golf and [...]

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  • Apr 17, 2012
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    Changing areas of law

    I would say that 1 out of the 10 lawyers I consult with want to practice in a completely different area than the one they are in now. I have met litigators who want to work in corporate/commercial law, property lawyers who want to work in construction and criminal lawyers who want to work in [...]

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  • Apr 10, 2012
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    Your CV is a cultural artifact.

    Online there’s a plethora of information about how to write or finesse a CV. And luckily, much of what’s listed as ‘best practice’ is in fact consistent regardless of which country you’re applying to. Amongst these you’ll find:   Brevity – Keep the document as short as possible. Use bullet points and aim for 2/3 [...]

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  • Mar 27, 2012
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    Hungry for Hong Kong

    Q:  Hong Kong is one of a kind. With unparalleled eating and shopping, a large ex-pat community and an insanely generous 16% tax rate it is hard to beat.  But, is relocating to Hong Kong realistic for Australian private practice lawyers?   A:  It depends on the lawyer.  For starters, your PQE matters. Some law [...]

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    Getting to know the law of the land

    We’ve all been there. Those awkward few weeks at the start of a job when everything is new. Your favourite mug sits self-consciously amongst your colleagues’ drinking vessels, your desk is still barren, declaring your ‘novice’ status and you haven’t yet worked out the law of the land.   This can be a politically testing [...]

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  • Mar 20, 2012
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    The Search for the Holy Grail…. Partnership

    I’ve been promised partnership but nothing has happened. When should I give up and move firms?   As a recruiter I have often sat across the table from a Candidate who is frustrated about their partnership track. Firms have certainly become more open with their staff in the last 5 years about whether one is [...]

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  • Mar 02, 2012
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    Be LIKED or be lost

    When appraising your next professional move, consider what the company’s Facebook page says about them, and don’t forget they’re doing the same to you.   With more than 800 million active users, Facebook is not just a social tool – it’s a business tool. Or at least forward-thinking firms should see it as such.   [...]

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  • Feb 29, 2012
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    When should you choose the road less traveled?

    Have you asked yourself what life would be like on the ‘other’ side?   Whether you’re currently at a firm or working in-house, the question of switching over is one that will probably present itself at some stage of your career. And why shouldn’t it? Australians now pursue education more extensively, we have longer careers [...]

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