Practice Toolset


Advocacy and the Vulnerable in the Family Court

‘A skill that can be taught’ reaches the family Bar: Siân Smith, Alison Moore and Jayne Pye on the national training being rolled out to equip barristers with the skills to effectively question vulnerable adults and children in the Family Court 

19 March 2021 / Siân Smith / Jane Pye / Alison Moore

Rising up the rankings: an insider's guide

Daniel Kidd lifts the lid on the often-misunderstood legal directory submissions process and explores ways in which chambers and barristers can optimise their ranking strategies 

12 March 2021 / Daniel Kidd

Women in Family Law – one year on

Launched just before Lockdown One, Hannah Markham QC charts a year in the life of the WiFL forum – plus WiFL’s plans to spearhead its next year of inspirational women 

02 March 2021 / Hannah Markham QC

Is your ambition driving you in the right direction?

The problem with ambition is when we tie it to the wrong destination... something with which lawyers commonly struggle, says Helen Conway  

25 February 2021 / Helen Conway

When wigs become masks

Are high achievers their own worst enemies when it comes to self-doubt? Nikki Alderson offers ten strategies to help you overcome imposter syndrome and achieve your goals 

25 February 2021 / Nikki Alderson

Silk cut?

Tim Collins explains how to make the cut and not be blunted  

25 February 2021 / Tim Collins

Creating a secure virtual space

Missing the designated chambers tech wiz? Sam Thomas  on the risks and liabilities when working remotely, and five practical steps to help you meet data protection requirements and keep cyber safe

19 February 2021 / Sam Thomas

Setting up a direct access practice

As the pandemic’s influence on practice bites, Andrew Granville Stafford, Maria Scotland and Daniel ShenSmith outline the key requirements that apply to public access work, the direct-client experience and advice on effective marketing 


Ten points of effective participation

What promotes/inhibits participation? Penny Cooper examines a new research study and toolkit for those who guide witnesses’ and parties’ participation – now an increasingly significant part of a barrister’s role 

22 January 2021 / Penny Cooper

Imagine a new world of skills training

Two coaches (one a practising barrister) argue that today’s Bar urgently needs modern, practical skills training to meet its professional obligations and support its wellbeing. 

By James Pereira QC and Zita Tulyahikayo  

22 January 2021 / James Pereira QC / Zita Tulyahikayo
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