Showing posts from April, 2011

Multi Monitor Mayhem

From Future Lawyer 19/04/11:
I don't use dual monitors. I am not conflicted about work and play. When I play, I don't hide it. You don't really need dual monitors. You know you don't.Hmm. I’m not totally convinced it’s as simple as that. There are genuine advantages to a multiple monitor set-up and it doesn’t necessarily follow that one monitor has to be for work and one for play. Still, YMMV.I have a bit of a love-hate thing as far as dual monitors are concerned; I’ve used an additional monitor at times with my laptop but I’ve consciously avoided going double (or even triple) with my desktop.  I have plenty of space on my desk but I want it to stay that way, and I’m conscious just how much would be taken up by more than one monitor.  I also spend a lot of time moving between computers, so it’s probably as well that I don’t get too cosy with a multiple monitor setup.I think dual monitors are a genuine advantage for some types of work, but there’s a key trade off wi…

Mobile Network Operators Suck – Lady Gaga parody

I’m sure anyone who owns a mobile phone can appreciate the sentiment in this witty parody put together by TV Live on Stage.  It seems that mobile providers aren’t any better down under, than they are in Blighty.Love it!

APIL, dumb lawyers & civil justice reforms: seeking efficiency but at what price?

From Claims 18/04/11:
The new president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) today warned of the emergence of a new breed of ‘dumbed-down, legal-lite’ lawyer following the introduction of alternative business structures.Oh God... that sounds horribly like Mr Bean in a pinstripe suit. Not a pretty sight.
Addressing APIL’s annual conference, David Bott predicted that ‘potentially massive’ new entrants to the personal injury market will be ‘very efficient’, but ‘process-driven’, voicing fears that these ABSs will not prioritise the needs of injured people. ’How much free thought, intellect and empathy will be used by this process-driven lawyer?Good question. I should imagine that clients want a lawyer who will really cut loose occasionally, undo their top button, loosen their tie, slip on some flip flops and exercise some hardcore lateral thinking – legal style. In all seriousness, though, the personal, professional touch is important in legal services. C…

Lawyers – the circle of life

From Calamities of Nature 15/04/11That’s aaawwwful!  Granted, law is supposed to be one of the most despised professions of all, but there are surely worse things someone can do in life.For instance, your child might always come to you one day and proclaim that they’re not interested in being an astronaut any longer but instead want to be a: - car salesman,- estate agent, - insurance broker, erm, prostitute ? In all seriousness, though, is choosing a career in law really that bad? I was astounded talking to some colleagues recently who, it turned out, a) wouldn’t choose law if they had their time again and b) would definitely discourage their kids from choosing it. I know Tesco Law ABS might shake things up a bit, but surely the future isn’t THAT gloomy?

Grapes, slips and compensation – not again?!?

Yes - remember this and this?
From the Telegraph 15/04/11:
A teacher who slipped on a grape was awarded £200,000 as school staff earned at least £22 million in compensation claims last year.[The] NUT member who slipped on a grape in a corridor and fractured her hip was given £20,000 because the school did not have a system in place ensuring the corridors were cleaned after lunch breaks.The teacher who slipped on a grape, which had been left on a stairwell, won the compensation because it aggravated an existing hernia problem, leaving him unable to work due to chronic painI blame Jamie Oliver.   Damn Jamie Oliver.
It’s one thing to make schoolkids’ lunches healthier, but it’s an own-goal if it jeopardises the health and wellbeing of their teachers.And you can’t put a price on that, can you?  Bring back crisps and chocolate biscuits, I say.  
Chris Keates, NASUWT general secretary, said: "The level of compensation is no cause for celebration.No, indeed.I wonder if I can design a p…

Scrap in-store legal reps – bring on the embarrassing legal problem roadshow

From The Law Society Gazette 07/04/11:
Today’s news that QualitySolicitors is to put a member of staff in WHSmithstores throughout the country has provoked a strong reaction from the profession; as any regular visitor the Gazette site would expect.So how significant is this move to place QS staff in WHSmith stores?Frankly, QS boss Craig Holt hits the nail on the head when he points out that the deal will ‘fast forward QS to “household name” status years ahead of target’. You bet it will.True, but that’s not to say it will be a ‘good’ or ‘positive’ household name. Clearly they’re banking on the maxim that all publicity is good publicity will hold true. I’m not convinced it always does for the legal profession.  Heck, just look at Andrew Crossley & ACS:Law.
One of the biggest problems solicitors face is that many people who might want to use their services are actually a bit scared of them.A consumer research project conducted by the SRA recently found that consumers are ‘in aw…

Yet more new bloggers emerge

I know, I know – I’m as surprised as you are. I thought we’d exhausted our quota of new blawgers for this year so I did a double-take when I glimpsed the following bunch come ambling down the pike.As ever, all are highly recommended.Legally Weighting made a bit of a faltering start to her blogging career, but that’s not to say that all can’t still come good. Started in September 2010, LW has seen a mere 10 posts so far and nothing since early January. But judging from earlier posts, this blogger has a lot to offer and I hope she graces us with her presence again soon.Speaking of names, I initially had visions of Legally Weighting being the blog of an amateur weight lifter turned law student, but it turns out I was miles from the mark. It appears that LW is a (semi?) mature law student with two sons, and currently doing battle with the OLPAS portal whilst trying to lose weight.In LW’s first post, she sums up her position:Having completed my law degree, a PG diploma and the Bar Vocation…

Let’s kill unboxing videos

I often turn to YouTube for reviews of tech products and real-world performance tests and it’s always disturbing to see just how many ‘unboxing’ videos are available. I’ve never understood the obsession; unboxing is a necessary inconvenience to get to the product in side but nothing more.What matters is the product inside, right?  It does amuse me just how much fuss reviewers make of the packaging – not the main box but often the name and composition of secondary packaging. I was watching a netbook unboxing and performance test the other day when the reviewer commented on the sleeve packaging that the netbook came in and promptly went off at a tangent for a couple of minutes in which he admitted: a) He didn’t know what material it was;b) he should really find out; c) it’s that stuff that all laptops, netbooks and other gadgets are wrapped in;d) he’ll just call it Styrofoam wrap for now; ande) it’s damn useful stuff.I think he almost forgot about the netbook.Anyway, this parody of your…

iPhone users: pretentious and broke … apparently

From: 05/04/11:
If you’re an iPhone owner, chances are that you’re constantly wiping sweat off it. Sweat that pours from your furrowed brow, from the stress and worry caused by the fact that you’re up to your eyes in DEBT.Or at least that’s the findings of a new YouGov survey which claims that someone’s salary and financial circumstances can be linked to the phone that they own. If you own an Android-powered phone or a BlackBerry, you are more likely to be earning more than your hovel-dwelling iPhone-brandishing counterparts.What have we learned from this? That all iPhone owners are flash little twerps who don’t actually have the fiscal substance to be able to back up what they imagine to be a luxury lifestyle. As ever, we welcome your comments – unless they’re idiotic and poorly delivered.Ouch!I don’t know how much truth there is in this. At a guess, I’d say it’s probably less than Android users would like to think and more than iPhone users are comfortable admitt…

Mailbag – Can you write my law school assignment for me?

Every now and then I get the odd email asking for help. Sometimes it’s choosing a law school, how to cope with legal exams, whether I recommend a masters in law, how can someone survive a law degree with their sanity and bank balance intact etc. etc. Every now and then I get something really wacky, often concerning someone slipping on a spilt yoghurt or something similar and suffering some kind of personal injury and whether I think they can claim compensation.
Heck, what do I know – I don’t even like yoghurt! Anyhow, the following little gem which plopped into my inbox was a first – even for me:

Hi Michael,I am wanting some coursework doing in taxation i would be willing to pay £120 per1000 words, its 3000 words in total so i would more than happy to pay £360 in can take your time doing it. 3-4 weeks.would you be interested in doing it?Many Thanks[X]
Call me old fashioned, but I really couldn’t believe the audacity and blatancy of this. Apparently students don’t comp…

Have Google’s April Fools ideas jumped the shark?

Without particularly wanting to use the phrase which Paul Thurrott evangelises so much, I really couldn’t think of a more applicable one. (If you aren’t up to speed with this over-used idiom, check this out).Don’t get me wrong  - I’ve always liked the idea that Google do this kind of thing, though I can’t help but feel it’s lost its sparkle a bit.In 2007 we had the Google TiSP connection – a superior alternative to internet connectivity achieved by flushing cables down your toilet. It came in 3 different bundled packages: starter - ‘the trickle’, the intermediate package - ‘the number 2’ and the super-duper all-you-can-eat – the ‘royale flush’.And all of that was kind of cute.In 2008 we had Gmail custom time: a sort of time-travel function built into Gmail so you could, you know, mess with the recipient’s mind.
Just click "Set custom time" from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient's inbox. You can…