No Pain No Gain!

It’s what the trainers in my gym are always saying and I know they’re right.  If you stick within your comfort zone, and don’t increase your weights, work harder, sweat more, you will never progress. It’s also true in a legal sense.  For example, if you are in a traffic jam, and the car behind […]

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How COULD they!

It’s a common complaint. And although it’s often a complaint from my children (how COULD you make me clear up the kitchen, especially when I only made 99% of the mess!), or to waiters (how COULD he fail to see that my glass was empty and not refill it) and about football teams (yup!) On […]

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Phoning it in.

My name is Stephanie, and I’m an addict. It has been 30 seconds since I last checked my phone and already my hand is itching to pick it up and check my messages, send an email, post a blog on LinkedIn, read back through a few WhatsApp messages to make sure I haven’t missed anything […]

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Underrated skills

Many years ago I did a presentation to one of the most fierce critics ever – a group of 12 year olds who were considering a career in law. They asked far reaching and unusual questions (such as is there such a thing as space law – yes, there is) and how much do I earn […]

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Limitless!

We all know (or should know!) that law has time limits. If you have a claim, you do not have unlimited time in which to bring that claim and if you are out of time, then baring a few exceptions, you will be time barred. The time limits vary from area of law to area of law. For […]

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Taxing the brain!

I’m not good at tax. Actually, I’m great at tax, not because I know how to do it, but because I know some WONDERFUL people who do. So, if I need help with tax, I know exactly who to ask. Which means that I never get tax wrong! It’s one of the (many) benefits of being a […]

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Why a win can sometimes be a loss!

I know that might sound strange but in litigation terms it’s not just whether you win but how much. If your claim is for £50,000 but you only win £5,000, you may feel you’ve lost £45,000 and I won’t argue with your maths. But it could be worse than that. If the court decides that […]

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There is no such thing as bad dogs…

Only bad owners. We’ve all heard that one before and we all know what we mean. The dog is not the problem, it’s the way he’s bought up, trained etc. I do wonder if the same is ever thought about children and parents but people are too polite to say it out loud! Or there is the […]

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Age is just a number!

I believe that very strongly. Size may matter but age doesn’t. Mostly! I often forget that I’m 54. I don’t feel it. I don’t look it and I certainly don’t act it! And yet despite really being a 25 (ish) year old in a fabulously well preserved body, I still have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Despite my […]

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If you ask a question be prepared for the answer.

I often tell my team not to ask a question unless you can deal with the answer. Don’t ask an opponent or the other sides witness a question unless you can handle it. If you are cross examining a witness, don’t ask them if they are sure about a date or a fact, unless you can […]

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