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How To Stay Safe and Cut Accidents On The Road

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Sponsored PostRoad accidents are a common occurrence and in the winter festive season, when nights are longer and drivers undergo more stress, accidents are more likely to happen. In the run up to the festive season, the likelihood of driving whilst drunk or driving whilst tired are the most common causes of road accidents. They could potentially happen to anyone, whether in a car, on a bike or as an unfortunate pedestrian in the wrong place at the wrong time.Tackle Driver FatigueFor business owners that utilise commercial vehicles, it is important to allow your drivers plenty of rest time on long journeys. Government figures show that 40% of sleep-related accidents on the road are caused by commercial vehicles and this could lead to dangerous accidents. Failing to take drivers rest needs into account could lead to a car accident that could damage your company’s reputation more than a late arrival would. Other drivers involved in the accident may seek compensation against your compan…

RoF break an exclusive (if not so fresh) story to readers!!!

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From RoF 23/11/12: Exclusive: Clarke Willmott no longer accepts trainee applications

Clarke Willmott has confirmed that it will no longer be accepting training contract applications from students. The firm will however continue to take on trainees from its stock of paralegals.Shock horror – or what?!? Well, actually, Clarke Willmott have been openly saying that on their website since May or June (and that’s just since I’ve been aware of it; this may have been the case for even longer). I suppose it still counts as an “exclusive” if it’s been common knowledge for yonks, and nobody is interested in “breaking” it. Just not a very worthy one, that’s all. It must’ve been a slow news day over at RoF last week!! At first sight, this might seem a great scheme: CW can try before it buys, as it will be able to thoroughly test its candidates' pagination skills before offering a training contract. And the firm won't have to foot any students' LPC fees.

But how many students will go fo…

The Most Reputable Law Firm

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(Whatever that really means!!).   From Inside Buzz (News Release – 5th November 2012): Slaughter and May has been ranked as the most reputable law firm in the UK by trainees and solicitors surveyed by career information publisher Inside Buzz in the 2013 edition of their guide An Inside Look at Law Firms, released this month. No, don’t roll your eyes! Naughty.In total, 1,089 practicing [sic] trainees and solicitors from across the UK were asked to rate fifty peer law firms (excluding their own) on a scale of one to ten, based on how prestigious they perceive the firms to be.RankFirmScore1Slaughter and May8.422Allen & Overy8.363Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer8.224Linklaters8.175Clifford Chance7.946Herbert Smith7.407White & Case7.268Weil, Gotshal & Manges7.129Skadden Arps7.0810Latham & Watkins7.05The top 5 or so were always going to occupy those slots; the only doubt, surely, was the precise order.Worth keeping on file ready to compare and contrast repost next year.  In…

Compensation Claims for Personal Injury

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If you have been injured in an accident which wasn’t your fault, there are several ways of obtaining compensation. The most common option is by bringing a legal action in a civil court (typically by instructing a specialist personal injury lawyer). Your solicitor may be able to help you access financial support as quickly as possible, particularly if your injuries mean you are unable to work. As an injured victim, you may be able to claim for two types of compensation – known as general damages & special damages. General damages are intended to compensate for the general, imprecise effects flowing from an injury you have suffered. It follows that they are not easily quantifiable. For instance, it could include money to compensate for pain and suffering, for a loss of future earnings or for loss of enjoyment of life. The court will decide on the amount that you are to be awarded based on all the circumstances involved. However, special damages are paid to compensa…

Spray Pepper with your phone

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It turns out there’s not an app for that. From the Register 09/11/12: An Arizona man concerned for the safety of his college-bound daughter has created a personal-protection device that she's sure to carry with her everywhere: an iPhone case that doubles as a pepper-spray shooter.No, really. "Most [students] don't go anywhere without their smartphone," inventor Scott McPherson notes on the website of his company, Spraytect, "so the optimal solution was to combine her phone and a safety device."If you say so, Scott. Truth be told, McPherson did a rather slick job when designing the prosaically named Pepper Spray Phone Case, which comes in black, white, turqoise, (sic) and pink, and can deliver an eye-biting spray at a distance of six to eight feet.Just less of a slick job when it came to naming it, then. And if you think you might need some target practice with it, McPherson’s got that covered, too. [It] helpfully includes a non-irritating test cartridge so …

College Students Present: How to become a solicitor

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(Plus tips on rubbing your own belly for camera).  And that’s always a good thing, right? And…. action! Yes, this video extravaganza from a group of college students charts the training pathway involved in becoming a solicitor.  It seems like one needs:1.  GCSEs,

2.  A levels,
(no previous knowledge of law is preferred)  (are universities really still saying that?3.  Then a degree (a qualifying law degree or a non-qualifying law degree any old one will do when combined with the GDL, 4.  The legal practice course,5.  And once that’s completed, a training contract for 2 years.  Well, I’m glad they cleared that up.
Please tell me the careers advisor didn’t put them up to this?Btw - hat tip to Legal Cheek for flagging this up in the first place.  (Never let it be said that I don’t give credit where it’s due.) I took a particular interest in it when I realised the college at which this home video howler was filmed wasn’t a million miles away from where I used to live at one time.I absolutely…

Young Lawyer … anything but Inspiration

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I love hate to nit-pick but, you know, Young Lawyer should be setting an example and trying to encourage attention to detail – not making copywriting faux pas.
I’m sure you can imagine my disappointment, dear reader, when the following email plopped into my inbox on Friday afternoon explaining how by ‘liking’ Young Lawyer’s Facebook pic, I could get my sorry ass in the prize draw for a Dell “Inspiration” laptop.  Ahem.
Besides which, I’m not on Facebook and I don’t like things.  Why the hell am I still on their mailing list anyway.  Ah, yes, I remember - so I can watch out for incidents like these.Oh well.  Blame it on the copywriter, I say.  Bit stingy, though; the inspiron models are low-end and anything but inspiring. Still, not all Dells are that bad.  My desktop PC is an Dell XPS 630i dating from 2008 and still going like a trooper.  It’s built like a tank and is remains one of my trusty workhorses (an American would add, “knock on wood” here). 
After I upgraded from Vista to Wind…