Workstorm: with Brian Stearns

“No one else in this market is focused on viewing the legal market in this way.”

Brian Stearns.

It has long been well-known that the very nature of being a lawyer forces you to be reactive to changes in the law. After all, it is the very basis on which you give your advice to clients and guide them through their needs. What is just as important, however, is for lawyers to be understanding of the way they go about that process – that is, a knowledge of how legal services are best provided and a self-awareness of their own internal processes for doing so.

For this article, I spoke to Brian Stearns of ‘Workstorm’, a platform designed to streamline such processes and to help make lawyers collaborate as efficiently and confidentially as possible.


So, what is Workstorm all about?

BS: “Workstorm is a workstream collaboration platform in a similar category to other solutions like Slack and MS Teams.  We believe that Slack and MS Teams have shown there is a viable market for organized, persistent messaging as a supplement to email, as well as using digital workspaces as a mechanism to connect disparate information systems.  In response to those demands, Workstorm has developed a platform that addresses the unique needs of law firms and other professional services firms. In essence, this involves fostering both internal and external client collaboration, supporting the information governance needs necessary for managing confidential client information, and integrating with the key technology tools already in use by firms.”

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So what’s wrong with the current traditional approach to or reliance on workstream management, like email?

“It’s clear that law firms have unique data management requirements.  Key clients, particularly banks, may require law firms to manage data on-premises behind their firewall.  Law firms also have ethical requirements to file and retain information related to client records. On top of all that, they have general housekeeping requirements that may dictate the regular deletion of information.

Firms have spent the past 20 years trying to figure out how to do this with email, but the use of email is changing.  For starters, filing with email alone is a huge burden. The email you send and the response you receive are unique, distinct files that must be managed.  By contrast, a closed-loop chat group can be treated as a single file for archiving or deletion of any documentation. This offers up tremendous opportunities for law firms to increase the efficiency and productivity of their legal teams. They can dramatically reduce the time spent searching for, sharing and filing email, and better spend that time elsewhere in their business.

Additionally, membership to such chat rooms can be governed so that information isn’t inadvertently shared with the wrong people – a huge security concern of both firms and clients alike.  Everyone has experienced hitting “reply all” by mistake or forwarding an email to the wrong person based on email’s auto-populate features. It can be funny in a lot of cases, but it really isn’t funny when those emails contain sensitive information.  With chat platforms, conversation channels can be open to everyone for visibility and transparency, or closed off only to those that need to know based on ethical walls. Workstorm is currently the only provider in this collaboration market who is thinking about privacy and confidentiality in the same way firms do.  Open and transparent communications don’t work in an environment governed by ethical (and statutory) walls.

Finally, products like Slack and MS Teams have taken the approach of integrating with hundreds or thousands of third-party applications. How are firms thinking about the implications on how data is stored and transferred between these third-party applications? For example, if a lawyer can turn on an integration with a third-party project management solution, then has that tool been properly vetted by IT? 

Workstorm has undertaken the strategy of natively building the key communications tools within our platform so that firms can reduce the number of unnecessary vendors and data transfers.  For example, we have messaging, task management and video conferencing built directly within our platform, so you don’t need to go elsewhere for it.  And beyond our native features, we seek to integrate with the core tools in use by law firms, including their own homegrown solutions. To put simply, no one else in this market is focused on viewing the legal market in this way.” 

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It’s clear these tools have the potential to solve a lot of firm and client concerns. In short – why Workstorm?

“Our objective is to serve the unique internal and external collaboration needs of professional services firms and their corporate clients.  We are looking to work with firms that have an interest in collaboration software, but where adoption is still early and there is no established solution. We believe that we can act as that solution and address the unique security and privacy requirements of law firms.

By serving the professional services market, we also recognize the need to work with the core technology tools that are in place at these firms. For example:

  • We developed version 1 of our iManage integration in 2018 and are currently enhancing that integration.
  • We have an Outlook integration for email and calendar management.
  • We have data exporting and archiving capabilities and are currently developing system admin capabilities to set data deletion and retention policies at the conversation level.
  • We have signed on as integration partners with Relativity, Intapp, Kira and HighQ, and have developed prototypes for those integrations, which we will start building this year. 
  • We will continue to seek out new integration partners that cover key areas of the law firm workflow, such as other document management systems, legal research platforms, time and billing systems, matter management systems and even CRM solutions.

In short, law firms seeking to adopt a workstream collaboration platform should ask and answer three questions:

1) does the software provider think about privacy and confidentiality the same way law firms do?

2) is the tool designed at all levels for both internal firm and external client collaboration, and 3) does the tool integrate with the firm’s core technology stack?

Right now, we believe Workstorm is the only platform on the market that can answer “yes” to all three questions.”


I’d like to thank Brian Stearns for taking the time to speak with me and to discuss how firms internally operate and how Workstorm is looking to change that. I’d also like to thank Workstorm for collaborating with me and sponsoring the production of this article. If you’d like to learn more about Workstorm, or Brian, you can do so at the links below.


The pros and cons of the legal profession

“If you are trying to take a difficult decision and you’re weighing up the pros and cons, you have frank conversations. Everybody knows this in their walk of life.”

Tony Blair.

Even though the journey to becoming a lawyer is a long and hard one, and even though they are often an integral part of the economic and social (and obviously legal) fabric of society, they aren’t generally liked or recognised by the public in the same way. Lawyers have an image problem. In fact, a 2014 Pew survey found lawyers last among ten professional categories in “contributions to society.” That’s a tough fact to swallow and a tough act to follow when it comes to changing how lawyers are perceived in future.

However, it’s somewhat ironic that perceptions change sharply when a person needs one. As soon as you need a lawyer and you need one fast, opinion changes. When you are in trouble and you are sat at your computer, with the words “how much will it cost to hire a lawyer” typed into the Google search bar, lawyers will become your saviors.

So, is being a lawyer a blessing? Or a curse? This article explores a few sides of each argument.


The Pros

  • Flexibility – there are a huge amount of career options available to you in the legal field. With a broad variety of practice areas – from criminal to corporate, or prosecutor or defence lawyer, there’s a huge swathe of variety when it comes to the work lawyers do.
  • Who employs who – lawyers have the freedom to either work for themselves, set up their own firm, or join a multinational organisation to name a few!
  • Opportunity – lawyers have some of the best opportunities when it comes to secondments, both domestically and abroad, remuneration and the ability to work with a huge variety of different industries.
  • You get to talk, a lot – if you love a debate or an argument, you literally get to do this for a living! I can’t confirm or deny if this was one of my main reasons…(hint: it was).
  • Intellectual challenge – it is a job that demands and promotes intellectual growth. Lawyers are expected to find creative solutions to problems and remain up to date regarding changes in the law.
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The Cons

  • Stress – lawyers have to contend with a lot of their stress in their day-to-day practice. High-pressure deadlines, high-expectation clients and the intellectual challenge outlined above are just a few of the reasons why the legal profession can be so demanding.
  • Expectation – at times, you will be expected to work long hours and have slightly unpredictable hours for particularly busy weeks involving deadlines.
  • Qualification – law school is very expensive, regardless of where you study. In the UK, you can expect to pay tens of thousands of pounds to ensure you meet each step of qualification in order to practice.
  • Restricted choice – for some areas of law, you may have little choice on who to take on as a client.
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At the end of the day, as with any career, you ultimately need to balance the pros and cons of pursuing a certain career to decide if it’s for you. This article touched on just a few of those – no doubt there are many more!

An advantage with Vantage: connecting with leading legal firms

“Everything you want in life is a relationship away.”

 Idowu Koyenikan.

Everyone knows that applying for first year opportunities, vacation schemes or training contracts can be a competitive process. As a result, taking opportunities to speak to and connect with the firms you’re interested in or applying to is of paramount importance. Typically, this has involved visiting law fairs, conferences or other networking events.

A new approach to connect with firms allows you to network from your bedroom! Vantage, a free online platform launched last year, has been designed to help you do exactly that.  This post details what it is and how you can get started.


How it works

As detailed on their website:

“Vantage matches candidates to fantastic opportunities at law firms in a much smarter way than ever before. Using contextual recruitment, Vantage showcases people from every demographic, searches for top performers from every institution and puts your grades into context.”

By completing an online profile, which takes less than 10 minutes to complete, firms can search for you based on a number of factors including your subject of study, year of graduation or area of interest. This means that, when a firm contacts you through Vantage, you know that they are genuinely interested in engaging with you specifically. This is hugely different to other options such as law fairs, that can often lack that ‘personal’ element.

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Who you connect with

Vantage boasts an impressive cohort of recruiters. You’re able to connect with an impressive array of leading firms, including:

  • Ashurst
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
  • Clifford Chance
  • Clyde & Co, Dechert
  • Eversheds Sutherland
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Linklaters
  • Macfarlanes
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Slaughter and May
  • Travers Smith
  • Weil
  • …and more!
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So if you want to hear about vacation schemes, training contracts, insight days, work experience and much more, check out Vantage at the link below. You can also follow Vantage on Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn at the handle @vantage_app to keep up to date with news from Vantage and the firms they partner with. 

Many thanks to Vantage for collaborating with me and sponsoring the production of this post.

Specialising in the Legal Profession

“An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past.”

Tom Hopkins.

Trying to work out what you are ultimately going to do with your law degree is an exciting, open world of many possibilities. Should you decide to pursue a career in the legal profession, it’s quite likely you’ll end up specialising in one area of law. It’s something that most legal professionals eventually do – and for good reason! This article breaks down some of the reasons lawyers decide to specialise in the profession.


There’s always demand for specialist lawyers

Legal problems are often complex and no two are the same. It’s no surprise, therefore, that clients are always looking for an expert in the law relating to their problem – right down to the niche, minute details. There will always be someone, for example, trying to locate a ‘truck accident lawyer in Tampa‘, or a ‘copyright lawyer in Hong Kong’ for their case. Providing you specialise in an area of law niche enough to draw attention from clients, yet broad enough for them to be a large enough number of them, you’ll almost certainly have clients needing help with their specific problem. As such, there’s not too much to worry about when it comes to ensuring there’s enough clients out there to work with.


You’ll get (really) good at what you do

It’s no surprise that the more you know about a specific area of the law, the more effective you will be in advising clients. When you specialise, being able to understand, analyse (and hopefully win) your cases will become easier. Being able to identify common patterns and crossovers between past cases and your current ones are hallmark skills of an experienced, specialised lawyer. Ultimately, the more cases you win, the greater the demand will be for your services. This helps your raise your own profile and reputation within the industry, potentially meaning you can hold yourself out to a higher standard and as such charge a higher rate.

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The chance to do work that interests you

Specialising enables you to always be working on things that interest you. Specialising helps give yourself more of a say over the tasks you’re doing, so that you’re ultimately doing more of what you enjoy and less of what you don’t. You’ll have more control over what topics of law you really enjoy, versus those you don’t. Simple!


You can make more of a difference

When you specialise, you get the opportunity to dig deeper into a subject, more so than a general solicitor would who is only glossing over it. Once you become knowledgeable enough in a subject of law, it is likely you will start to notice things that others have missed more frequently and much sooner. You will find new ways to win cases for your clients, or at least to help get the outcome they want. Eventually, you’ll have the opportunity for other legal professionals to follow your example, or to mentor others. You might even contribute to society more generally. For example, if you specialise in helping people appeal against benefit rejections, your cases are testament to the fact that the system is not working. The notion that big legislative changes only happen in the realms of human or civil rights law aren’t true – there’s opportunities to enact real change in almost any area of law!


It builds your reputation

It is seriously difficult to stand out from the crowd when you generalise. The work that you do is much less likely to be noticed by others for its (lack of) niche element. When you specialise, the opposite happens. It is far easier for people to understand what you have to offer and how you personally provide that value with your expertise. For some lawyers, it can be the make-or-break of their personal brand.


Specialising is great for networking

This follows on from the previous point. When others in the legal industry have an issue that relates to your specialist area, there is a good chance they will turn to you for guidance. This is a fantastic way to build your network – something that can only help your career.

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The chance to speak publicly on the subject

Finally, building on from the networking point – if you want to fast track your career, making yourself available to speak at events is a great way to do it. When you do this, your profile will raise significantly and people will (hopefully!) learn from what you have to say.

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If you’re still not sure what specialisation is all about, you can check out this article for some further reading.


NASA, AI and the law – a conversation with Héloïse Vertadier

“I’m sorry Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.”

HAL 3000.

The future of technology has always provoked speculation and excitement as to how it will change our lives. For lawyers, however, tackling new developments in technology can often be both confusing and stressful, as they will be responsible for keeping up to date with changing regulations (or even help shape them themselves!).

For this week’s post, I spoke with Héloïse Vertadier, who recently completed a research position for NASA exploring the legal world of all things tech, including robotics, AI, blockchain and much more! Fascinated (and very jealous), I asked her a number of questions about the future world of technology, how the legal industry will respond, as well as what NASA have to say about it all.


What was your recent experience at NASA like? How does something as stereotypically ‘mundane’ as the law manifest itself in the stereotypically awe-inspiring world of space?

HV: “My experience at NASA was both incredible and unexpected. Sometimes I still have to pinch myself to be sure it wasn’t all a dream!

I worked at Ames as a Research Scholar/Intern for three months this summer, on a paper named “Legal and Ethical Framework for Robots and AI”. I had worked in the blockchain and the space industry before during my year at the International Space University (Strasbourg, France). I was thankful that ISU gave me this amazing opportunity to go to Ames in order to keep working on the implication of these new technologies on the law and our society in general.

Law can often be seen and perceived as restrictive – especially when it comes to innovative fields like space. At the moment, space law is quite old. The “Corpus Juris Spatialis” was created between 1967 and 1979 and is composed of five main treaties that were negotiated in the UN:

  • The Outer Space Treaty
  • The Rescue Agreement
  • The Liability Convention
  • The Registration Convention
  • The Moon Agreement

When we see how space exploration has evolved – even during the last decade alone – it is no surprise that these treaties, signed during the Cold War, are having trouble being enforced today. This is especially true considering the absence of any recognised international regulatory body. Having said that, the international context we find ourselves in today makes it impossible to create new treaties or even to modify the existing ones. Instead, we have to see them more as guidelines that establish principles of behaviour for the signatory parties rather than a codified set of vigorous, boundary laws.”

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Many have speculated that we are on the verge of another industrial revolution with the rise of technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and next-level robotics. What are your thoughts on this and how do you think this affects the legal sector?

“AI and blockchain technology will surely be game-changers in the future. Law, as well as many other disciplines, will have to evolve in order to keep up. As for AI and the use of robots, the main legal area that will be impacted will be the question of liability: who exactly will be liable if an AI damages something or breaches a contractual arrangement? That is a really big question because, for now, no one knows where AI will lead us. Some experts have speculated that there is a 50% chance that AI will overrun human intelligence by 2045.

AI presents great opportunities, but also some great threats, so the idea is to create a framework that is precise enough to handle these changes, but also flexible enough to not asphyxiate technological development. In my opinion, it is fundamental that lawyers, policymakers and engineers collectively engage in conversation in order to create an evolving legal framework that can accompany any change.”

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The continuing development of this technology has also raised several moral questions – say, our co-existence with a superintelligent AI. How do you think humans and AI will, or must, ethically co-exist in future?

“I think that studying how AI will interact with humans can be done in three particularly interesting scenarios: 

  • The psychological aspect: humans project a lot their emotions with their devices. Such involvements, whether they are positive or negative, can be dangerous because they will be unilateral. The real danger is that humans could easily personify and anthropomorphize machines and create a unilateral relationship with them.
  • AI as an inventor or an artist: here, the infamous case of the “Monkey Selfie” is interesting, because it demonstrates the legal difficulty to attribute ownership to a work of art created by a non-human entity. 
  • AI for medical uses: a robot surgeon can operate remotely, either in the same room with a machine or as an intermediary. The surgeon controls the gestures that are made by the machine and he/she sees on a screen what is happening, or even from a very distant place. In addition, a team from the Chinese Tsinghua University and iFlyTek AI created a robot driven by an AI named Xiaoyi – “little doctor” in English – that passed a medical entry exam in August 2017, exceeding the average performance of (human) students.

All of these points raise a lot of questions, be they ethical, legal or otherwise, and to me that’s fascinating.”

The infamous selfie from the ‘Monkey Selfie’ copyright case.

For many solicitors beginning their career in the legal sector, the further incorporation of advanced technology within the legal sector can present itself as both an opportunity and a challenge. What do you think the lawyers of tomorrow will be expected to know about LegalTech? What about how they will use it?

“I think it is fundamental that the lawyers in training today are trained to understand these challenges. Today, we lack professionals that are specialized in these areas. We need new blood, new ideas and we most certainly need hard-working, focused and rigorous lawyers that understand the need to develop this area of the law.

Today, people often laugh or smile when we talk about AI and robots. It’s normal and expected, because there is a lack of common knowledge about these technologies aside from common media portrayals. The lawyers of tomorrow that will want to explore this area of law must be aware that their challenge is in two parts:

  • They will need to promote the global knowledge of these topics;
  • They will need to create a new set of rules and laws to fit the particular legal questions raised by AI and robots”

I’d like to extend a big thank you to Héloïse for speaking with me and granting an insight into the world of law, space, AI and tech. You can visit her LinkedIn profile here.


'Mobile' Law Firms

“Supply always comes on the heels of demand.”

Robert Collier.

Most lawyers have traditionally worked in a conventional office environment, surrounded by colleagues in one physical location. It’s historically allowed for the levels of collaboration and group work that are necessary for legal solutions to come to fruition.

However, the increasing availability of cloud-based technology and digital connectivity in the 21st Century has started to challenge this status quo. Now, if you are a lawyer looking to either expand your own practice or make how you work more successful, you now have the ability to consider starting up a mobile law practice.

Also known as ‘virtual law firms’, fully-mobile firms allow lawyers to work on the go and meet the customer wherever they are at any given moment. They allow lawyers to upgrade the way they can provide their services and improve their bottom line. Even meeting halfway on this concept – an increased digital presence for traditional brick and mortar firms – has several benefits.


Unorthodox offices

You might be wondering what one of these fully-fledged, ‘mobile law offices’ might look like. The truth is, it really can vary! For example, it could be a briefcase-type affair, where a lawyer can walk up to a client’s premises with just a briefcase in hand, fully capable of servicing their needs. Modern technology allows for a plethora of tools to be accessed all in one place – client documents, live chat with other colleagues, or legal research on-the-go.

A mobile law firm could also be a vehicle, such as an RV, that has been completely transformed into a portable office that the client can step right into and have their issues sorted out there and then. Such options are great for a lawyer that wants to move around with their support staff, stay flexible in where they can be located at any one time and ultimately deliver their services to wherever their clients need them.

An example of an RV that has been converted into a mobile law office.

What’s ‘wrong’ with the traditional setup?

The idea of an entirely mobile or virtual law firm might seem strange given the current analogous nature of brick and mortar firms that can require clients to come to you directly for face-to-face contact.

The need to depend on this setup is slowly becoming less and less necessary with current technological capabilities. The internet alone allows for incredible levels of connectivity and improved communication services that can make it easy to provide legal services as efficiently as in a more traditional setup. The technology is flexible enough to allow brick and mortar firms to either explore this digital space, or fully transform into a mobile, ‘virtual’ legal service provider.

In today’s busy world, the value of a mobile service, especially in legal matters, cannot be overestimated. There are numerous benefits to it. They start with you, the lawyer, and trickle down to your clients. 


What are the benefits of creating a virtual law firm?

Starting a mobile law firm of your own has numerous benefits that didn’t exist just a few years ago. Technology can now assist with many things like communication, research, and storage of information in ways that it couldn’t before. This, in turn, helps to reduce overheads and maximise efficiency.

For example, take a scenario where you might want to offer legal services in another city or part of the country, but are limited by traditional setup costs like rent and security. Setting up a website will allow you to access that market and its clients easily whilst saving you a lot of money. It also opens up new avenues for marketing, client interaction and market research.

Modern applications and services (many of which are free) have now also made it easier to conduct business in a digital environment. For starters, you can communicate with any client via email, hold conference calls, or even chat face to face on applications like Skype and Zoom. So instead of the client traveling to you and vice versa, everything can be done over a secure internet network, saving all parties lots of valuable money and time.

When it comes to legal research, many institutions have also uploaded their information into online databases that you can easily access via the internet or access portals. The internet has also made researching clients much easier as their information and business needs can be readily found online.

In starting a mobile office or digital expansion, you would find that the habit of having to store information or records in file cabinets en-mass is no longer applicable. By the use of virtual services, you can save your information on the cloud where it is safe and easily accessible wherever you are in the world.

But, perhaps the most significant benefit of having a virtual office is that it will allow you to find new clients in ways that are fast and cost-effective. For example, using a funnel system, you can set up an automated service to get clients and use your own personal skills to convert them to loyal customers. Sites like Linked In, Facebook, and YouTube among others can also be invaluable when it comes to marketing the services of a law practice. For example, uploading an advert on YouTube outlining some of your popular services is an increasingly popular method for advertising and will likely generate greater interests, clients or parties that will look you up or hire you.  

Using social media apps to generate advertising content is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to reach millions of people across the country (and indeed worldwide) to tell them about your law practice. It is also a great way to cut down on marketing costs. It beats canvassing for clients through adverts on television, or billboards that often miss the target, are expensive, and rarely get you the types of clients you were looking for. Targeted advertising through social media means you are speaking directly to those you really want to be advertising to.

All these advantages of having a virtual law firm help cut down on costs and bring your services closer to clients. Working online helps lawyers create an identifiable reputation and brand in faster and more innovative ways than solely working from a brick and mortar location. A favorable review online can travel far and wide to places you would never think of and bring you many clients that you would not reach otherwise.


Should I start a mobile law firm?

Even if you already have a brick and mortar practice, there is no harm in creating a virtual division to meet the needs of the clients that may find it hard to get to you in person. In fact, it may help you widen your scope and significantly increase your client base. As you will see here, starting a virtual firm requires a bit of work, but can promise a huge payoff in meeting the needs of busy clients all over the world. Still, the importance of firms creating, developing and maintaining a digital presence in the 21st Century cannot be overstated.


Many thanks to Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers for helping collaborate on and sponsoring of the writing, structure and insight of this article. I do hope you found this glimpse into the world of virtual law firms interesting.

My Guide to Commercial Awareness

Thank you for visiting my blog and for your interest in downloading my new e-book to understanding, developing and utilising your commercial awareness. You can download a PDF of it, for free, at the link below:



I wrote this book to try and distill everything I knew about commercial awareness, that I had learnt both in my studies and going through the Training Contract application process for legal jobs. I’ve done my best to keep the advice given as broadly useful as possible so that anyone, from any industry, can take some actionable steps to try and improve this vital skill.

In the book, I cover:

  • What commercial awareness actually is
  • How to best develop it as a skillset
  • How to utilise it in interviews, or in your day-to-day practice

Enjoy!


If you liked, or didn’t like, the book and would like to give feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me on LinkedIn. I would be extremely thankful for any recommendations or endorsements you may want to give on my profile with regards to my understanding of commercial awareness as a skill, or if you found my mentoring helpful. If you’d like to leave feedback via email and would be happy for me to potentially post/quote an anonymised version in future, you can do so at harryclarklaw@gmail.com. Thank you!


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Changing careers in the legal profession

Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.

Gerry Sikorski

Historical notions about what careers are have shifted greatly in our modern world. Many people are turning away from their current careers and seeking new careers in the legal world. Retraining as a lawyer, passing the bar or getting qualified and then setting up your own legal firm is an increasingly viable option for many. But why are so many people turning to the legal sector? Read on to find out why so many people are pursuing a career in law. 

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The ability to make a difference

From helping a victim of a crime get the justice they deserve, to helping a family win a legal case after a mishandled birth – more information on birth injuries, including infant seizures, can be found here – lawyers get the opportunity to help people in some of their darkest and most desperate moments. They have the potential to make a real difference to people’s lives and facilitate their needs in times of help. The role of a lawyer, although stressful and demanding, can be also be incredibly rewarding.

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Earning potential 

Lawyers are traditionally some of the best paid professionals. Your earning potential will be ultimately defined by your years of service, specialist knowledge within a particular legal sector, as well as your location. For example, many city based lawyers can be paid more than those living elsewhere. 


Intellectual stimulation

Those who enjoy challenging their minds on a daily basis simply thrive in a legal position. Lawyers have to use their intellect and logic in order to work on each individual case. They have the ability to work on a broad variety of issues, such as helping create business mergers, developing strategies for court and using critical thinking to ensure they get the best results for their clients every time. 

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The reputation 

Thanks to TV and film, the role of a lawyer these days is often seen as one that is full of glamor and prestige. The Hollywood stereotypes of fast cars, slick suits, clever arguments and confidence in the courtroom evokes a sense of charm and almost celebrity-like influence. Whilst some of those stereotypes are certainly played up for television, very real contributions – whether you work for a legal firm, or set up your own – like assisting friends, neighbours and local businesses becoming a pillar of the local community are rarely provided by other professions.  

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You’re always learning new skills

The legal world is fast paced and always changing. As a result, most lawyers need to be on top of their knowledge in their specific area. Not only that, but you’re always working on your communication skills, as well as your ability to analyse and think logically. All these transferable skills can be applied to other life situations too!

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Many thanks to my sponsors for helping to collaborate on the writing of this article.

Do we really need ‘injury lawyers’?

“What we seek is some kind of compensation for what we put up with.”

Haruki Murakami.

We all know that if you’ve recently been involved in an accident because of someone else’s negligence, it’s likely that you’re entitled to some form of compensation. It’s a simple concept in theory, but unfortunately not always in practice, especially if you’re on your own. Being able to receive your compensation may require the help of a personal injury lawyer. Many people, however, don’t fully appreciate the importance of getting an injury lawyer in such scenarios, or believe that they could simply do the work themselves. This article will explore the reasons why one should get one involved.


Their experience

Nearly all lawyers rely on their inimitable experience to do their job. Injury lawyers will be experienced in cases like yours – especially those that have a good track record. You might have to undertake a lot of research to get your compensation without a lawyer, which is time consuming and stressful – especially when you’re recovering from an injury! In fact, what could seem convoluted and complicated to you may be a simple, easy-win case for a lawyer. Therefore, it’s important to speak to a lawyer to get perspective from someone with experience. You’ll be much more likely to celebrate success and receive compensation.


Their objectiveness

If you’ve been directly involved in the accident it’s likely you will feel passionate about what you deserve. A lawyer will be able to direct this passion and argue your case in a much more objective manner. They’ll still be passionate about getting your compensation, but they won’t succumb to personal any bias that could lead to losing the case. They’ll be able to make the best decisions on your behalf without any emotional attachment, which is essential in a courtroom.

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They know the jargon

Lawyers study for years to become experts in their field, and therefore they know technical jargon inside and out. You might find it difficult to understand the information you’re given by yourself without any formal training or experience. Conversely, your lawyer will be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with a good understanding of the next steps in layman terms. Without one, you’ll have to do a lot of research yourself, which can be time consuming and difficult.

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They could be free!

One of the best prospects about hiring a personal injury lawyer is that if you win the case, you might not have to pay any legal fees! It’s always important to discuss fees with your lawyer before you sign any documents, as there may be fees for other services (such as reviewing medical records). These fees should be laid out clearly in writing before you hire your lawyer, so that you don’t then need to worry about hidden costs later down the line.


They get settlements

Lawyers are persuasive – it’s what they do for a living. Experienced in arguing their point, negotiating and finding holes in their opponent’s arguments, they may be able to get a better deal that you wouldn’t be capable of. For example, they may be able to get you a settlement, which means you can receive a payment without ever having to go to court. Even if your case ends up going to trial, they’ll represent you and work tirelessly to get what you deserve.


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