Book recommendation: '21st Century Solicitor' by Steve Weiner

"[A] tome of exceptional clarity...Weiner's book is sensible and down-to-earth. Few would disagree with his premise that to succeed, today's lawyer has to be more than merely technically proficient and Weiner ably distils the ways that a junior lawyer can make a difference.Alex WadeThe TimesThursday December 15, 2011There is no doubt in my mind that if you want to learn how to communicate effectively, increase your personal brand and commerciality to impress your colleagues, then you should take the time to read this bookWhile there is no manual, 21st Century Solicitor does a lot to bridge the gap so that paralegals, trainee solicitors and newly qualifieds can rest assured that not only are they making an impression, but that it is the right one and one that will be remembered for the right reasons. It is safe to say that this book is a must read for anyone working as a paralegal, trainee solicitor or newly qualified (and quite possibly could educate a few people who are already qualified)." -- Sarah Bolt, Junior Lawyers Division executive committee member, Junior Lawyers Division Blog

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Book recommendation: 'The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall' by Paul Torday

"It's a novel that should enhance his reputation for excellent, ingenious writing" -- Tina Jackson, Metro

"More intriguing is the skein of darkness that, in common with much of Torday's fiction, runs discretely through the story - one sequence is sufficently macabre as to recall the work of a young McEwan." -- Jonathan Barnes Literary Review

"This is a novel about decay and destruction, but bracingly unsentimental and surprisingly moving." -- Kate Saunders, The Guardian

"A gloriously enjoyable wallow of a read." -- John Harding, Daily Mail

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Book recommendation: 'I Have to Move My Car: Tales of Unpersuasive Advocates and Injudicious Judges' by Lord Pannick

"There are law books about constructive trusts, the Perpetuities and Accumulations Act 1964 and the rule in Foss v Harbottle. This is not one of them. David Pannick QC has always been much more interested in unpersuasive advocates and injudicious judges. In this collection of his fortnightly columns from The Times, David Pannick passes judgement on advocates who tell judges that their closing submissions to the jury will not take long because 'I would like to move my car before 5 o'clock; and he sentences judges who claim to have invisible dwarf friends sitting with them on the Bench, who order the parties to 'stay loose - as a goose', and who signal their rejection of an advocate's argument by flushing a miniature toilet on the bench. In making his submissions, David Pannick QC will entertain and inform you about judges, lawyers, legal entertainment and unusual litigation."

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Book recommendation: 'Theodore Boone: The Accused' by John Grisham

"Theodore Boone is the thirteen year old who knows more about the law than most adult lawyers. He certainly never expected to be the victim of crime himself. But then his bike is vandalised, he's attacked while doing his homework and, worst of all, framed for a robbery. When stolen computer equipment turns up in Theo's school locker, the police start leaning on him hard. And he is the only suspect. What if he is found guilty? What about his dreams of becoming a lawyer? In a race against time, aided by his renegade uncle, Ike, Theo must find the real felon and reveal the true motivation behind the crimes of which he stands accused."

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Book recommendation: 'Cook on Costs 2012'

""Cook on Costs" is well established as a practical, friendly guide providing clear and straightforward explanations of every aspect (except criminal costs) of the remuneration of solicitors and barristers for every level of reader. "Cook on Costs 2012" aims to explain as well as to inform, whilst being a practical guide through the complexities of all aspects of the costs of contentious and non-contentious legal business. No one who wishes to understand the principles and practice of legal costs should be without a copy."

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