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The Art of Balancing Free Work and Proving Your Consultancy Capabilities

Bernadette Mcdonald In the competitive landscape of consultancy roles, aspiring professionals often grapple with the dilemma of whether to offer their services for free or demand compensation to showcase their capabilities. Striking the right balance between doing free work and proving oneself capable of a consultancy role is crucial for building credibility, gaining experience, and …

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Expanding Your Horizons: How Legal Consultants Can Find New Consultancy Opportunities

Bernadette Mcdonald You dream of a portfolio career, but you feel the security of a steady wage, even though the job that pays that steady wage isn’t exactly feeding your sole anymore. So how do you find consultancy roles that you can bolt together to create your ideal portfolio legal career? Define Your Niche: Identify …

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SUPPORTING OTHERS’ PROFESSIONAL GROWTH: A LAWYER’S GUIDE TO BECOMING A CHEERLEADER

Bernadette Mcdonald Are you a lawyer contemplating a shift in your career path? As you navigate your own professional journey, it’s essential to recognize the power of supporting and championing the growth of others. Becoming a cheerleader for your colleagues, mentees, and peers not only fosters a positive work culture but also contributes to a …

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PRACTICING SELF-CARE WHEN EMBARKING ON YOUR PORTFOLIO CAREER JOURNEY

Bernadette Mcdonald Are you a lawyer contemplating a transition into a new career path? Whether you’re seeking greater fulfilment, exploring new challenges, or desiring a better work-life balance, embarking on a new professional journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. Here are some emotional steps to guide you through this transition: Self-Reflection: Take time to …

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how to cultivate strong client relationships

Bernadette Mcdonald Todays Tip Tuesday is how to cultivate strong client relationships because this is pivotal in the legal profession. Communication is Key:  Regularly communicate with clients, keeping them informed about their cases, progress, and any developments. Clear and transparent communication fosters trust and confidence in your services. Understand Client Needs: Take time to understand …

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What is the SRA competency framework?

Bernadette Mcdonald The SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) Competency Framework is a set of professional skills and behaviours that solicitors in England and Wales are expected to demonstrate throughout their careers. The Competency Framework is made up of the following documents: Threshold Standard: This outlines the minimum standard that trainee solicitors must meet in order to …

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