It’s half-term – yay!
I’ve enjoyed a short break from court hearings to catch up on various fronts. Including this:
And this (Felix with scooter):
But hoping for less of this:
Somehow, we’re almost half-way through the year and I’ve been reflecting on how 2018 has been for me so far. ‘Busy’ comes to mind.
Here’s a snapshot of what I’ve been up to:
- Posted 14,076 words in 17 blog posts;
- Shot 9 videos for my YouTube channel, on topics from zero-hours contracts, judicial bias to mental health in the legal profession. Made a further 4 videos for LinkedIn (including one with me in a dressing gown talking to my smartphone which inexplicably racked up 2,357 views);
- Written 3 articles in the New Law Journal on judicial bias, recusal and the risk of playing technical games in litigation [£];
- Lots of Instagram. And twitter. And a ton of Linkedin;
- Article for Legal Futures ‘On brevity‘;
- Made 27 webinars for Datalaw, which have received some ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews so far;
- Articles for the Justice Gap on immigration detention and the use of the Equality Act 2010 in judicial reviews;
- Did a Q&A on a commercial judicial review case with Lexis Nexis, plus drafted practice notes for Lexis PSL on the right to work, detention, immigration bail;
- Took a holiday (to Barcelona!), some of which may have been spent writing a ebook, kind of by accident…
- Launched an ebook with the Law Centres Network called ‘Supporting Migrant Workers’, all about employment protections in the hostile environment / gig economy / era of modern slavery;
- Devised a training programme to accompany the ebook, aimed at Law Centres, lawyers and advisers in employment and immigration law, and touring in 3 cities nationwide.
And that’s just some of my content-marketing, which wraps around my regular job of advising clients. I’ve had a busy diary with legal work spread across a dizzying variety of areas, including:
- A discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal valued at over £1 million;
- Instructed in an international banking case involving jurisdiction issues and breach of the terms of a letter of credit;
- Advising clients in the education sector, including teachers, parents, local authorities and Unions;
- An ongoing challenge to the government’s power to detain EEA nationals (see press release from Duncan Lewis: ‘High Court grants permission in complex EEA unlawful detention claim‘);
- Acting for a Windrush client (before the scandal erupted) in a legal challenge;
- Multiple judicial reviews against central government, includingdecisions to detain and refuse to accommodate destitute persons.
Looking ahead, my goals for the rest of the year are:
- To launch my own online legal education platform – name & date TBC – with practical tips on legal practice and covering a mix of commercial, civil & public law topics, as well as lifestyle hacks and fun stuff for lawyers and those entering the profession;
- To continue to work with the best possible collaborators;
- To stimulate my network with top quality, relevant and engaging legal-themed content every day.
So, what have you done so far this year that you’re proud of? What are you hoping to acheive in the remaining 6 months of 2018? I’m interested, so let me know in the comments.👇🏽👇🏽
Likewise, contact me if you’re interested to discuss your legal training and education requirements.
[Postscript: I do virtually all of my video and image work myself, which probably explains its amateurish quality, but intend to enlist help soon].