Register To Vote – 3 Hours To Go

This is your final reminder from me here at Lawyer In The Making…. you have 3 hours to head onto the Gov.uk website and vote.

You can read my two previous blog posts on this here and here which will you give you the lowdown on how to vote, why the deadline was extended and all of the details you need.

One thing that did slightly bother me about the extension being granted, is that whilst the website should not have crashed… why were so many people leaving it until the last hour or two to register?  They have known for ages that they need to register if they want to vote (and they aren’t already registered) so why did they leave it until the last moment.

I do however think that it is important that everyone who is eligible to vote should be registered, and voting! Not just for the EU referendum, but all the other times we have a right to vote.

Don’t forget to register tonight!

Rebecca x

 

Register To Vote – extended

So the other day you may have read my post about the deadline for registering to enable you to vote in the EU referendum  – well the deadline has to register to vote has been extended as the systems crashed last night leaving lots of people unable to register!

They have announced that they will be extending the deadline until Thursday 9th June at midnight, which gives you two days to register if you haven’t already done so.   I will be uploading a reminder post again tomorrow – just in case you forget to do so today!

You can read the article written by the BBC on all the events which unfolded yesterday evening when the Gov website crashed here.

Register To Vote Extended - Gov.uk Website Down (taken from the BBC Article)

Register To Vote Extended – Gov.uk Website Down (taken from the BBC Article)

For more information on how to register to vote read my previous blog post here which explains how you can register and what you need to do and have with you.

Please do make sure that you register to vote (if you are eligible to do so), it is important that as many of you as possible have your say, as the decisions will impact

Rebecca x

Register To Vote: EU Referendum

Today (7th June 2016) is the last day that you can register to vote for the EU Referendum – you have until midnight tonight to register and it really doesn’t take very long to do so.

Just a quick reminder: you need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.  That means that if you do want to vote on the 23rd June in the EU Referendum then you need to be on the electoral register and click the link below and register by midnight tonight.

You will not have been able to avoid the press surrounding the EU referendum over the last few weeks and months, and it is important that you vote, but you also make an informed decision, and that you are aware of the ramifications surrounding remaining or leaving the EU.

Head on over to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and click the button towards the bottom of the text, they estimate that it takes roughly 5 minutes to register.

You can use this button to register to vote, but also to:

  1. update your name, address or other details on the electoral register
  2. change your voting preferences, eg to vote in person or by post
  3. change whether you are on the open register

The website states that you may need your National Insurance number, or your passport (if you are a British citizen living abroad)

Quick note: you do not need to register again in order to vote in the EU referendum if you live in the UK and both of the following apply:

  1. you were registered to vote in the May 2016 elections or the 2015 General Election
  2. you still live at the same address

Please make it a priority today to register (if you are eligible to do so) today so that you can have your say in a few weeks.

Rebecca x

Do lawyers feel isolated?

Given the breadth of the legal sector, why does it appear so many lawyers feel isolated? 

I have attended a number of conferences this year with lawyers from all over the world, and when we have had conversations many have said that they do feel isolated, and unable to tap into help and support, or unable to recommend or refer work on as they simply don’t know people well enough.

There is often such a community spirit at legal conferences and events, and you can tell that with everyone rushing to catch up with one another, but how often do they speak to these lawyers again afterwards?  Or do they typically catch up again at the next event the year after?

It seems silly waiting an entire year to speak to people again especially when these people work in your area of law, or at least work in the legal sector and they understand the challenges but also why you chose this career in the first place, so why not use each other, drop them the odd email, check in with them, it takes 2 seconds!

Does the legal system lack a community feel?  Is everyone fighting each other to secure deals and clients rather than helping others? 

Being a lawyer isn’t just about representing your client in court, drafting legal documentation, meeting with clients, and all of the endless phone calls and emails.  Lawyers also need to stay on top of legal updates and developments, market yourself, bring in new work and help the company by writing content for their sites too!

There is a lot to do and to keep on top of and it is no surprise that some of these things fall by the way side when workloads increase, pressure mounts, deadlines loom and you are given more and more work (and clients!).  And it is never the client and billable elements that fall by the way side is it?  It is always the events or training which assist you in becoming a better lawyer and developing your skills, knowledge and experience.

 

 

Having touched on how busy a lawyer is, there is also a lot to know and remember when being a lawyer, and that doesn’t just mean the legal knowledge of your area of expertise.  Lawyers need to be able to (successfully) market themselves and their law firms/chambers, they need to keep their online profiles up to date, as well as learn ways to cope with the inevitable stress that comes with the job, and some days can be a lot more manageable than others.

Is there a community spirit in the legal community?  Do lawyers feel able to ask for help from other people?

Sometimes, when work is mounting, having a chat to someone or sending a few catch up emails might help, whilst it won’t make your pile of work disappear you might be able to tackle the problems a little better afterwards.

One of the things I love most about aspiring to be a Barrister is the friendliness of those I meet in the profession, whether that be dinners at Middle Temple, lunches whilst on mini-pupillages or just conversations on twitter.  There is a real sense of support and I am grateful to be a part of a community which encourages people to ask for help, and to ask questions, it provides training, experience, development opportunities as well as expertise.  They seek to help everyone, whatever stage of their career.  However, it is so easy to forget to attend the dinners, or to send a quick email to check in with someone, and all to often I used to see lawyers sign in to CPD sessions and then disappear (or spend their entire day on the mobile sending emails).

Maybe it is that the community feel is there, people just forget or lose sight of that when pressure and work mount.

I regularly speak with lawyers in America, and in comparison to us here in the UK they would appear to be far more isolated given how the system works, where so many lawyers are running their own practices straight out of University, with no support or guidance.  They have no one to check in with, seek advice on cases or feel supported.

So whilst people tell me they feel isolated, is it because they just don’t tap into the resources, networks and support systems which are available?  Are lawyers so focused on getting the job done (which is fundamental) that they forget about the little things, such as attending training sessions, going to those dinners and engaging with other lawyers.

I would love to know your thoughts, so please get in touch and share your comments with me.

Rebecca x

 

 

Please Share: Sexual Bullying Post

This week I wrote my first blog post on sexual bullying, you can read it here.

This was partly in response to the news story that hit on Monday that I found quite disturbing.

I am going to be writing a series of blog posts on this, looking at the statistics but also the resources that are available to try and combat this, as well as better equip teachers and parents in dealing with this issue.

I am excited to write these posts which will be coming soon, even if it is a somewhat harrowing topic.

Please get behind this mini-campaign I am going to be working hard on and let’s make sure that everyone knows that this sort of behaviour is totally unacceptable!

Regards

Rebecca x