Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Naked Lawyer

Heads up for the a new book entitled The Naked Lawyer by Chrissie Lightfoot, an entrepreneur turned solicitor turned entrepreneur and CEO of EntrepreneurLawyer. The book is a truly motivational marketing and sales book. It’s very readable and packed full of thoughts, ideas and modern cultural references. It also has the great benefit of someone approaching the law after having been in business beforehand and with the current shake-up of legal services comes at a particularly opportune moment. You can buy all twelve volumes of the book for £96 here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Library closures...

Terrible to read in The Guardian that government cuts could mean that there will be widespread library closures. We all understand the need for cuts but I would suggest that when times are hard and people are losing their jobs, free access to books is more important than ever. The picture shows my local Braunton Library.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Sponsored blog post: Lord Young would be Wrong to Restrict Personal Injury Advertising & Referral Schemes

David Cameron’s Adviser of Health and Safety Law and Practice, Lord Young has recently reviewed the health and safety laws following on from recent concerns expressed over the rise in the ‘compensation culture’ in Britain; for which Lord Young holds the media largely responsible.
These recommendations have come about as Lord Young takes the view that “businesses now operate their health and safety policies in a climate of fear. The advent of ‘no win, no fee’ claims and the all-persuasive advertising by claims management companies have significantly added to the belief that there is a nationwide compensation culture.”
The report, titled “Common Sense, Common Safety” was published on the 15th of October and in brief contains suggestions such as restricting “the operation of referral agencies and personal injury lawyers and control the volume and type of advertising.”
Michael Jefferies, Managing Partner of First Personal Injury solicitors, says “I think that it is a good that advertising is monitored to stop clients being misled, however this is already strictly controlled by the Advertising Standards Authority. They have been appointed to fulfil this roll and do a good job, so I don’t think the government should interfere.”
Michael Jefferies also puts forward a much more positive argument for personal injury advertising and referral schemes. He believes that as these are both methods of gaining more business for accident claim firms, clients benefit from a firm’s increased expertise and knowledge as a result of the increased business gained.
Jefferies added: “Certainly the ability to advertise and pay referral fees has allowed us to specialise due to increased work volumes, and thereby invest in technology which improves the firm’s expertise and therefore quality of advice to the client.”

About First Personal Injury
First Personal Injury is a trading name of Jefferies LLP one of the UK's leading personal injury law firms.  Jefferies LLP has over 16 years experience in personal injury claims. They have won justice and personal injury compensation for tens of thousands of people all over the country from its base in Altrincham, South Manchester. The firm deals with all levels of personal injury claims - from minor to catastrophic.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dave the Gun's Sloe Gin

This recipe was recommended to me by a friend from Cornwall called Dave. 

Fill a gallon Demijohn to just under half-way with pricked (or cracked after freezing) clean sloes. Add a couple of handfuls of blackberries and a couple of handfuls of rasberries which will act as natural substitutes for the usual sugar. Fill to the top with one litre of gin, one litre of vodka and 70cl of port. Leave until Easter. The result is a fruity, slightly tart and rather potent sloe gin. For those who prefer it sweeter, sugar can be added at that stage to taste.

RIP Andy Irons - obituary in The Independent

There's an excellent obituary of top surfer Andy Irons who tragically died very recently in The Independent written by Andy Martin the author of Stealing the Wave.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Review of 'The Wave' by Andy Martin

Very entertaining (and damning) review of 'The Wave' by Susan Casey in The Independent by my good friend Andy Martin, the author of Stealing the Wave which is my favourite non-fiction book ever written. Having pointed out that the author paid Laird Hamilton for his 'collaboration' the review concludes:

Laird has a feudalistic tendency to assume some kind of droit de seigneur over "Jaws" in Maui, Hawaii, one of the few waves on the planet to which the word "awesome" can reasonably be applied. So be it. But it looks stupid or besotted for a writer to jog along with this mentality and confine herself to saying, in summary, "Oh, Laird, you are sooooo wonderful, you great, gorgeous, rippling, sublime hunk of a guy!"