Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Book recommendation: What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

In 1982, having sold his jazz bar to devote himself to writing, Murakami began running to keep fit. A year later, he'd completed a solo course from Athens to Marathon, and now, after dozens of such races, he reflects upon the influence the sport has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon and settings ranging from Tokyo's Jingu Gaien gardens, where he once shared the course with an Olympian, to the Charles River in Boston. By turns funny and sobering, playful and philosophical, this is a must-read for fans of this masterful yet private writer as well as for the exploding population of athletes who find similar satisfaction in distance running. Available from Amazon.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Free Law Updates & Cheap CPD!

Brought to you by our friends at Stubb Legal Limited

Stubb Legal are doing a promotion of their service. They have a useful free facility. If you open an account on their website, you can access all their law guides, which are bang up-to-date, and contain all the latest important legal developments.

They are also offering a generous 70% discount on all podcasts to readers of this blog. You simply have to use the code "KEVAN14" at checkout. Each podcast normally costs £23.95, so the discount is worth £201.18 if you order 12 hours worth.

Using the Code
In order to use the discount code, you must have a Stubb Legal account (but it only takes a few minutes to set this up and it is free). You then simply need to add your chosen podcast or podcasts to your basket, and click checkout. You then enter the promotional code "KEVAN14" and it is applied to the total amount, to reduce it by 70%. You can then proceed through the checkout. The podcast will then appear in your account ready to be listened to.

About Stubb Legal
Stubb Legal is a service producing and distributing CPD podcasts and CDs for lawyers. Fully accredited by the SRA, Bar Standards Board and ILEX, Stubb Legal was launched in 2000 to allow solicitors, barristers and other legal practitioners to fulfil their CPD requirements by listening to podcasts about their chosen area of law. The service is used by over 1000 firms.
Each podcast or CD lasts about 45 minutes and, together with the quiz afterwards, is worth 1 CPD point for solicitors, barristers or Ilex.

Stubb Legal’s audio podcasts are not delivered ex tempore, but carefully drafted beforehand, and edited by expert barristers covering 144 different legal topics, which are categorised into 6 areas: civil litigation, commercial, crime, employment, family, and property. The podcasts are available to download to a portable device (for example an iPod) or to a desktop PC.

See for more information.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Book recommendation: Rumpole at Christmas by John Mortimer

Horace Rumpole is not overfond of the rituals of Christmas: turkey, tinsel and the like. But happily the festive season is not one respected by the criminal fraternity; meaning that celebrations in the Rumpole household are frequently disturbed in most-welcome ways. There's the suspicious Father Christmas at Equity's Court's festive party. The actor who goes missing from the panto on the night of a major crime. As well as the body cluttering up the health farm (where the great barrister is gloomily restricted to a diet of yak's milk and steamed spinach to please She Who Must Be Obeyed). Available from Amazon.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Article with five tips for running a road traffic claim

Brought to you by our friends at Barletts Solicitors

I've just written an article for Bartletts Solicitors with five tips for running a road traffic claim which you can read here.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Book recommendation: Sober as a Judge (Roger Thursby) by Henry Cecil

Roger Thursby, the hero of Brothers in Law and Friends at Court, continues his career as a High Court judge. He presides over a series of unusual cases, including a professional debtor and an action about a consignment of oranges which turned to juice before delivery. There is a delightful succession of eccentric witnesses as the reader views proceedings from the bench. Available from Amazon.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Article with Five Tips For Lawyers Bringing A Personal Injury Claim

Brought to you by our friends at Barletts Solicitors

I've just written an article for Bartletts Solicitors with Five Tips For Lawyers Bringing A Personal Injury Claim which you can read here.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book recommendation: Tomorrow's Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future by Richard Susskind

Tomorrow's Lawyers predicts fundamental and irreversible changes in the world of law. For Richard Susskind, best-selling author of The End of Lawyers?, the future of legal service will be neither Grisham nor Rumpole. Instead, it will be a world of virtual courts, Internet-based global legal businesses, online document production, commoditized service, legal process outsourcing, and web-based simulated practice. Legal markets will be liberalized, with new jobs for lawyers and new employers too. This book is a definitive guide to this future - for young and aspiring lawyers, and for all who want to modernize our legal and justice systems. It introduces the new legal landscape and offers practical guidance for those who intend to build careers and businesses in law. Available from Amazon.