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STARTING TO TACKLE WICKED PROBLEMS

Now, let's take a breather. Statistics, data, percentages, have a way of inducing yawns and causing the eyes to glaze over. Stats can also be like a ventriloquist’s dummy or case law – you can get them to say anything you like, as long as they agree with you. However, you may care to skim over them again. One can reasonably be sceptical about one stat in isolation. When so

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STARTING TO TACKLE WICKED PROBLEMS2021-01-06T12:07:25+00:00

A LITTLE MORE ON UN-WELLBEING   

and a few more stats ... ... The Judiciary The ‘2014 UK Judicial Attitude Survey’ reported on findings covering salaried judges in England and Wales courts and UK tribunals [1].  The report reveals that the judiciary is experiencing an erosion of social respect and feel undervalued by government and media, and that the working conditions have deteriorated over the last five years with caseloads growing significantly in recent years.  Almost

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A LITTLE MORE ON UN-WELLBEING   2021-01-06T12:03:19+00:00

LEGAL UN-WELLBEING  

This post sets out some rather gloomy stats about where the legal profession in the UK, USA and Australia was at in around 2015. From more recent discussions with lawyers, it's clear things have become far more pressured since early 2020. LawCare's stats for 2020 make sombre reading. Maybe unsurprisingly, there was a sharp rise in the number of lawyers calling their helpline seeking help with anxiety.  Some extracts from

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LEGAL UN-WELLBEING  2021-02-18T11:02:41+00:00

WICKED PROBLEMS

In 1973 two professors at the University of California published a seminal paper and introduced the idea of ‘wicked problems’ into the vocabulary [1]. Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber proposed that the search for a scientific basis for confronting problems of social policy was bound to fail because of the nature of the problems themselves. They termed these ‘wicked’ problems. Rittel’s field was the science of design and Webber’s, city

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WICKED PROBLEMS2021-01-06T11:58:20+00:00

A LAWYER’S GUIDE

'This is for everyone'  (Tim Berners-Lee)   Way back in 2015 I wrote a book. Which was reviewed here and here. (Free Kindle sample here. And free download of the Executive Summary and Introduction here: Lawyers-Guide-excerpt. And scroll down this page for a list of some edited and updated extracts.) I'd retrained in therapy and had been working for a while as a counsellor while at the same time practising law. Winding

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A LAWYER’S GUIDE2021-01-07T16:43:13+00:00

WHAT’S THE MISSING METRIC?

What's to be done? The 2015 report commissioned by the UK Bar Council concluded with a number of practical proposals for enhancing wellbeing at the Bar [1]. In my view the ideas are equally applicable to other branches of the profession and I have been mindful of them in writing this book. The suggestions include: 1 Cognitive style The report recognises that lawyers have a perfectionist streak and sometimes have

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WHAT’S THE MISSING METRIC?2021-01-07T12:48:27+00:00
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