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“I’m Always Open to Ideas”

Entering the third year of running my consultancy and seem to have even more to learn and do!
So, a good time to take stock, lift my head up and try and see where we’re heading. I must start by saying a big Wow Thank You to all my clients. I’ve worked with some great and seriously talented people, at times it has been challenging but also deeply rewarding to receive your positive feedback. THANK YOU.

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Is the Pen Mightier than the Sponsored Walk?

3 words and an image

Can create a personalised poem for you

Can create a Moroccan dream for him

But absolutely no chance of making a  poet out of me!

For the curious and/or generous:

We all face different challenges. I’m really proud that Tadhg had the courage to go for it and sing on stage with Bruce Springsteen at Wembley (story). That was certainly out of his comfort zone but two years on he has a new challenge. He has recently been given a fantastic opportunity to go to Morocco with scouts, which will be a big challenge for him and hopefully a great adventure. But his immediate challenge is to raise £1800!

He watches and listens and has decided to challenge himself to write personalised poems (not inspired by my recent number plate Staple Story!) for anyone who’d like to support him.

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Staple Story 

Staple Stories

I don’t like personalised number plates so why do I have…?

I’m not a petrol head and when our Saab (not a proper one!) sprang yet another problem, we had to accept that at 143K+ miles it had reached the end of its road.

Then yet again I had the rigmarole of having to transfer my personalised number plate to our Japanese replacement. Why? It was and remains my brother’s fault!  Michael F****** Collins that middle initial – after our dad Frank or the reaction he sometimes sparks in people?!

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s9(4) Deputy High Court Judge Competition 2020

**** 8 September 2020 ****

Apologies am too busy to draft a full update but the delayed s9(4) finally launches today. 35 vacancies across the 3 divisions but with a wish list:  “We welcome applications from those with specialisms in commercial law, clinical negligence, planning law, technology and construction and media and communications as well as those considered more generalist. In addition, the Chancellor of the High Court has indicated that within the Chancery Division, applications are especially welcome from candidates with expertise in patents work.”

Deadline is 13:00 on Tuesday 29/01 – 1500 word statement and 500 words about your expertise. Given this competition was delayed from September last year and is now potentially seen as the main pipeline to the High Court Bench, this is likely to be a very competitive competition.  JAC s9(4) competition details here.

Any questions or an initial chat > 07969997335 E: [email protected]

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Can You Hear Me?

Many who know me will recognise one of my favourite quotes “Use your ears and mouth in the ratio God gave them to you!”  And know how often I transpose that ratio – sorry!

But my ears pricked up when I heard Peter Lumley talk about ting – which I felt I just had to share. Apparently “ting” is the Chinese word for “to listen” so let me try and explain the four elements and how it is such a rich and challenging description. The symbol (shown) is in effect four elements: An ear, 10 eyes, a heart and a king.

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10 suggestions for improving the judicial appointments process

Anyone interested in sitting part-time or full-time needs to understand how the JAC’s selection process is evolving. It has changed significantly over the past 6 months with the introduction of  new competency frameworks, on-line applications and multiple-choice qualifying tests for some competitions.

Based on my experience of working with scores of candidates across most of these recent competitions – can I suggest the following:

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Looking for Answers?

I’m a great believer that our ability to ask questions is much more valuable than to be able to give answers. Often the solutions are easy but it takes time and sometimes courage to ask questions. The curious people I have been meeting have some recurring questions that they ask. So in attempt to answer them I’ve written some articles and produced a couple of short videos which I hope may scratch an itch or two…

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Pay Me My Money Down!

If we offer a service, how do we price our time?  The title of this blog is taken from a song where ship captains used to try and skip port without paying the dock workers and/or crew. You can listen to a version here: Pay Me My Money Down.

Time

Ewan Davis devoted an edition of The Bottom Line on BBC Radio 4 to the challenge of pricing for professional services – The Price of Time. His guests included a senior partner of a magic circle law firm, a global communications group executive and an on-line estate agent. They discussed their pricing models ranging from hourly rates to straight commissions and how they adjust these to meet client expectations.

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