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Chris Hargreaves: Lawyer (attorney)

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Chris Hargreaves: Lawyer (attorney)

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Lawyers can't bill for every activity. Unfortunately with the focus on billable time, young lawyers are missing out on a huge area in legal practice - the non-billable aspect. Non-billable is a quick hit of advice in short segments, delivered frequently, to focus your attention on a specific issue, address a question, or just have a bit of a rant about an issue facing the legal profession. Covering topics ranging from legal marketing, rainmaking, networking, career advice, professional development and legal practice generally - non-billable is foundational for young lawyers who know you can't charge the client for everything. Lawyers and attorneys everywhere will benefit from taking a few minutes out of their day to listen to Non-billable.

Latest Episodes

So you Want a Better Pay Rise?

Have you ever received a pay rise that you weren’t happy with? What did you do about it? Complain? Whine? Drink heavily? Well let’s stop just whining about it, and do something about it! Happy lawyering! Have you ever received a pay rise that you weren’t happy with? What did you do about it? Complain? Whine? Drink heavily? Well let’s stop just whining about it, and do something about it! Happy lawyering!

2 MIN2015 JUL 23
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So you Want a Better Pay Rise?

Under Promise – Over Deliver

Are you implementing this crucial element of legal practice in your day to day operations? I hope so. Let’s see how it works in practice, with an example of how clients are going to view two different scenarios. Happy lawyering! Are you implementing this crucial element of legal practice in your day to day operations? I hope so. Let’s see how it works in practice, with an example of how clients are going to view two different scenarios. Happy lawyering!

3 MIN2015 JUL 8
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Under Promise – Over Deliver

Is Being an Introvert a Disadvantage in law?

Lots of lawyers are introverted. We like quiet, solitary tasks where we can focus, analyse and distill answers. And yet, the noise of the community, the pressure of networking, and the need to market our services sometimes tells us that we are at a disadvantage. Is it true? Lots of lawyers are introverted. We like quiet, solitary tasks where we can focus, analyse and distill answers. And yet, the noise of the community, the pressure of networking, and the need to market our services sometimes tells us that we are at a disadvantage. Is it true?

3 MIN2015 JUN 10
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Is Being an Introvert a Disadvantage in law?

How to Get Noticed in a Big Firm

I hear a lot of people asking how to get noticed in a big, noisy, and highly competitive firm. And I can’t help but wonder – what are you doing now to get noticed? Are you actually willing to try anything, or are you cowering, terrified of the risks that come with sticking your neck out? Let’s talk – nonbillable. Happy Lawyering! I hear a lot of people asking how to get noticed in a big, noisy, and highly competitive firm. And I can’t help but wonder – what are you doing now to get noticed? Are you actually willing to try anything, or are you cowering, terrified of the risks that come with sticking your neck out? Let’s talk – nonbillable. Happy Lawyering!

3 MIN2015 JUN 3
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How to Get Noticed in a Big Firm

Is it Worth Doing a Masters Degree?

I get this question fairly often – should young lawyers (or law students) do a masters degree, and is it worthwhile? Well – as is often the case, the answer is either yes with a but, or no with an unless. Enjoy! I get this question fairly often – should young lawyers (or law students) do a masters degree, and is it worthwhile? Well – as is often the case, the answer is either yes with a but, or no with an unless. Enjoy!

3 MIN2015 MAY 27
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Is it Worth Doing a Masters Degree?

How to Get Anything you Want Done, Ever (sort of)

I hear a lot of complaints about lack of time. Can’t get this done, had to put that to one side. And it could all be true, but the reality is that if you want something enough you can get it done. You just need to shift your priorities. That’s what today’s episode of NonBillable is about. Happy Lawyering! I hear a lot of complaints about lack of time. Can’t get this done, had to put that to one side. And it could all be true, but the reality is that if you want something enough you can get it done. You just need to shift your priorities. That’s what today’s episode of NonBillable is about. Happy Lawyering!

3 MIN2015 MAY 20
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How to Get Anything you Want Done, Ever (sort of)

Focus on your Strengths, or Work on your Weaknesses?

It does come up, and the full podcast on it is here. But still, it’s worth considering how we should approach our daily life. Should we be capitalising on our strengths, or working to smooth out our weaknesses? That’s what we have today in NonBillable. Transcript – The Strengths and Weaknesses of Lawyers It’s an interesting thing as lawyers, we’re not very well prepared to accept that there might be some things we’re not good at. My name is Chris Hargreaves, this is non billable where I spend three minutes answering some questions, offering some advice, or occasionally having a bit of a rant. In the corner behind me just here, you can see a globe, despite the fact that I’ve got a globe in the background, I am terrible – terrible at geography. I couldn’t tell you where anything was, I barely know where Australia is, and I’m sitting here right now, I cannot tell you the states of America, I can not tell you the countries of an particular continent. I am terrible at geography...

2 MIN2015 MAY 6
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Focus on your Strengths, or Work on your Weaknesses?

Work Hard, or Work Smart?

It comes up a lot – should you work hard, or smart? I know the easy answer is “work smart” but that’s not what I’ve got for you today. You know what it takes? Find out in today’s episode of nonbillable. Transcript – Should Lawyers Work Hard or Work Smart? Hey there, this is another episode of Non-Billable. My name is Chris Hargreaves from tipsforlawyers.com and Non-Billable is where I give you three or so minutes of some advice, a rant or answering a question. Anything you might want, send me an email or get in touch with me if you need to do that. What are we going to talk about today? Today we’re going to talk about working hard. It’s a bit of an old dog. Working hard versus working smart. Should you be working 12, 16, 18, and 20 hours a day getting four hours sleep, sleeping in the office in your sleeping bag and getting up the next morning having a very, very strong coffee and getting back to it? Or should you be workingsort of six to eight hours a day, get plenty of sl...

2 MIN2015 APR 29
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Work Hard, or Work Smart?

Young Lawyers Need to Train Themselves?

You might have heard the long version, but here’s the snapshot – some clever people decided to announce that young lawyers should get their skills (somehow) BEFORE they got a job. Apparently clients don’t want to pay for that. Which is fine. After all – not training young lawyers isn’t at all a short term view of things. Our business will run just fine after we retire if we haven’t invested in our new lawyers – right? Bah! Check out the Full Podcast Here on the same topic. Transcript – Training for Young Lawyers – Who is Responsible? Okay guys this is another episode of Non-Billable. My name is Chris Hargreaves and I’m from tipsforlawyers.com and Non-Billable is where I give you three minutes of either a rant, answer to a question, maybe some advice, a few bits and pieces. Today I wanted to talk about training of young lawyers. Recently an article came to my attention and it kind of annoyed me, to be perfectly honest. I did in fact do a full podcast on it, you can find tha...

2 MIN2015 APR 22
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Young Lawyers Need to Train Themselves?

Legal Writing is About Being Human

Listen folks, if you can’t sound like a human being then you’re in the wrong business. Get rid of redundant words that only lawyers use, start sounding like a person, and be a legal writer that brings humanity into the profession, not one that distances us. Transcript – Legal Writing Tips Hey there, it’s Chris again from tipsforlawyers.com with another episode of Non-Billable, where I give you 3 minutes of questions and answers, rants, or advice to help young lawyers in day-to-day practice. Today a bit of a rant about redundant words. If you are going to write letters, if you are going be a wordsmith, if you are going to be a communicator – and as a lawyer, you should be – then for the love of everything, would you stop using redundant words. Starting every single sentence of a paragraph with “We note that” doesn’t make you clever, it doesn’t make you sound sophisticated; it makes it sounds like you can’t think of a way to actually start the sentence. “We note this,” “...

1 MIN2015 APR 15
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Legal Writing is About Being Human

Latest Episodes

So you Want a Better Pay Rise?

Have you ever received a pay rise that you weren’t happy with? What did you do about it? Complain? Whine? Drink heavily? Well let’s stop just whining about it, and do something about it! Happy lawyering! Have you ever received a pay rise that you weren’t happy with? What did you do about it? Complain? Whine? Drink heavily? Well let’s stop just whining about it, and do something about it! Happy lawyering!

2 MIN2015 JUL 23
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So you Want a Better Pay Rise?

Under Promise – Over Deliver

Are you implementing this crucial element of legal practice in your day to day operations? I hope so. Let’s see how it works in practice, with an example of how clients are going to view two different scenarios. Happy lawyering! Are you implementing this crucial element of legal practice in your day to day operations? I hope so. Let’s see how it works in practice, with an example of how clients are going to view two different scenarios. Happy lawyering!

3 MIN2015 JUL 8
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Under Promise – Over Deliver

Is Being an Introvert a Disadvantage in law?

Lots of lawyers are introverted. We like quiet, solitary tasks where we can focus, analyse and distill answers. And yet, the noise of the community, the pressure of networking, and the need to market our services sometimes tells us that we are at a disadvantage. Is it true? Lots of lawyers are introverted. We like quiet, solitary tasks where we can focus, analyse and distill answers. And yet, the noise of the community, the pressure of networking, and the need to market our services sometimes tells us that we are at a disadvantage. Is it true?

3 MIN2015 JUN 10
Comments
Is Being an Introvert a Disadvantage in law?

How to Get Noticed in a Big Firm

I hear a lot of people asking how to get noticed in a big, noisy, and highly competitive firm. And I can’t help but wonder – what are you doing now to get noticed? Are you actually willing to try anything, or are you cowering, terrified of the risks that come with sticking your neck out? Let’s talk – nonbillable. Happy Lawyering! I hear a lot of people asking how to get noticed in a big, noisy, and highly competitive firm. And I can’t help but wonder – what are you doing now to get noticed? Are you actually willing to try anything, or are you cowering, terrified of the risks that come with sticking your neck out? Let’s talk – nonbillable. Happy Lawyering!

3 MIN2015 JUN 3
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How to Get Noticed in a Big Firm

Is it Worth Doing a Masters Degree?

I get this question fairly often – should young lawyers (or law students) do a masters degree, and is it worthwhile? Well – as is often the case, the answer is either yes with a but, or no with an unless. Enjoy! I get this question fairly often – should young lawyers (or law students) do a masters degree, and is it worthwhile? Well – as is often the case, the answer is either yes with a but, or no with an unless. Enjoy!

3 MIN2015 MAY 27
Comments
Is it Worth Doing a Masters Degree?

How to Get Anything you Want Done, Ever (sort of)

I hear a lot of complaints about lack of time. Can’t get this done, had to put that to one side. And it could all be true, but the reality is that if you want something enough you can get it done. You just need to shift your priorities. That’s what today’s episode of NonBillable is about. Happy Lawyering! I hear a lot of complaints about lack of time. Can’t get this done, had to put that to one side. And it could all be true, but the reality is that if you want something enough you can get it done. You just need to shift your priorities. That’s what today’s episode of NonBillable is about. Happy Lawyering!

3 MIN2015 MAY 20
Comments
How to Get Anything you Want Done, Ever (sort of)

Focus on your Strengths, or Work on your Weaknesses?

It does come up, and the full podcast on it is here. But still, it’s worth considering how we should approach our daily life. Should we be capitalising on our strengths, or working to smooth out our weaknesses? That’s what we have today in NonBillable. Transcript – The Strengths and Weaknesses of Lawyers It’s an interesting thing as lawyers, we’re not very well prepared to accept that there might be some things we’re not good at. My name is Chris Hargreaves, this is non billable where I spend three minutes answering some questions, offering some advice, or occasionally having a bit of a rant. In the corner behind me just here, you can see a globe, despite the fact that I’ve got a globe in the background, I am terrible – terrible at geography. I couldn’t tell you where anything was, I barely know where Australia is, and I’m sitting here right now, I cannot tell you the states of America, I can not tell you the countries of an particular continent. I am terrible at geography...

2 MIN2015 MAY 6
Comments
Focus on your Strengths, or Work on your Weaknesses?

Work Hard, or Work Smart?

It comes up a lot – should you work hard, or smart? I know the easy answer is “work smart” but that’s not what I’ve got for you today. You know what it takes? Find out in today’s episode of nonbillable. Transcript – Should Lawyers Work Hard or Work Smart? Hey there, this is another episode of Non-Billable. My name is Chris Hargreaves from tipsforlawyers.com and Non-Billable is where I give you three or so minutes of some advice, a rant or answering a question. Anything you might want, send me an email or get in touch with me if you need to do that. What are we going to talk about today? Today we’re going to talk about working hard. It’s a bit of an old dog. Working hard versus working smart. Should you be working 12, 16, 18, and 20 hours a day getting four hours sleep, sleeping in the office in your sleeping bag and getting up the next morning having a very, very strong coffee and getting back to it? Or should you be workingsort of six to eight hours a day, get plenty of sl...

2 MIN2015 APR 29
Comments
Work Hard, or Work Smart?

Young Lawyers Need to Train Themselves?

You might have heard the long version, but here’s the snapshot – some clever people decided to announce that young lawyers should get their skills (somehow) BEFORE they got a job. Apparently clients don’t want to pay for that. Which is fine. After all – not training young lawyers isn’t at all a short term view of things. Our business will run just fine after we retire if we haven’t invested in our new lawyers – right? Bah! Check out the Full Podcast Here on the same topic. Transcript – Training for Young Lawyers – Who is Responsible? Okay guys this is another episode of Non-Billable. My name is Chris Hargreaves and I’m from tipsforlawyers.com and Non-Billable is where I give you three minutes of either a rant, answer to a question, maybe some advice, a few bits and pieces. Today I wanted to talk about training of young lawyers. Recently an article came to my attention and it kind of annoyed me, to be perfectly honest. I did in fact do a full podcast on it, you can find tha...

2 MIN2015 APR 22
Comments
Young Lawyers Need to Train Themselves?

Legal Writing is About Being Human

Listen folks, if you can’t sound like a human being then you’re in the wrong business. Get rid of redundant words that only lawyers use, start sounding like a person, and be a legal writer that brings humanity into the profession, not one that distances us. Transcript – Legal Writing Tips Hey there, it’s Chris again from tipsforlawyers.com with another episode of Non-Billable, where I give you 3 minutes of questions and answers, rants, or advice to help young lawyers in day-to-day practice. Today a bit of a rant about redundant words. If you are going to write letters, if you are going be a wordsmith, if you are going to be a communicator – and as a lawyer, you should be – then for the love of everything, would you stop using redundant words. Starting every single sentence of a paragraph with “We note that” doesn’t make you clever, it doesn’t make you sound sophisticated; it makes it sounds like you can’t think of a way to actually start the sentence. “We note this,” “...

1 MIN2015 APR 15
Comments
Legal Writing is About Being Human
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