@mksinghlaw

April 12th, 2011

Madhu Singh

Seattle Small Business and Start-up Attorney

Owner, MK Singh Law Office

Legal Blogger

Today we’re tweeting with Seattle small business / start-up / entrepreneur lawyer @mksinghlaw

  1. @mksinghlaw thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @mksinghlaw?
    I’m an entrepreneur stuck in the stereotype of service professionals…
    MK Singh is out there just like any other solopreneur trying to grow and learn from others.
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    the practice is about relationships. Relationships is about doing more than just legal work…
    We offer educational seminars, invite clients to networking events, make introductions, and even suggest ideas for their business.
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Entrepreneurs, creative professionals, small to medium size businesses, and start ups.
  4. And what would you say is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    Intellectual Property – do they have it? and how do they protect it?
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I don’t believe in billing for the initial time we spend getting to know each other so ask questions or email me later.
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    That’s a tough one. I’ve represented a variety of clients from the window cleaner to the next group buying concept…
    right now i’m enjoying helping a client with her new yoga studio. I guess they are all significant to me in one way or another.
  7. Why do your clients hire you?
    I think its because they feel comfortable with me. I think of myself as an entrepreneur so we have something in common right away…
    I always make time to get to know the person and their business so that I can refer business or suggest resources…
    The best compliment I’ve received: ‘it doesn’t feel like i’m working with an attorney.’
  8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    Business formation. Yes its typical. People are constantly innovating and i’m thrilled to be part of the momentum…
    I can’t tell you how many of my clients are microsoft, boeing, amazon, etc. employees by day and entrepreneurs by night.
  9. Hmmm…. How are your small business / start-up clients doing in today’s economy? Are things improving in Seattle?
    I think they are doing quite well. They are finding a need or a problem and striving to solve it…
    I feel like Seattle is a great place to be a start up. There are endless resources and the vibe is just incredible. Just today…
  10. How do the legal needs of your small business and start-up clients differ from those of other companies?
    Legal needs for startups and small businesses are more focused on governance, contracts and intellectual property…
    while companies tend to have more employment, non-compete and policy concerns
    Most of the work is done fixed fee or on retainer. It makes it easier to budget when you know what your costs are going to be..
  11. It looks like you offer a number of fixed-fee options. Is all of your work done on that basis? Why?
    I’m fairly flexible and its very important to me that legal costs don’t get in the way of building your business.
  12. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    I’m a small business and social media attorney. I work with those who who want to work with a knowledgeable innovative attorney…
    offering a new perspective and take on the legal profession.
  13. You write a blog, at http://bit.ly/i9LVaf. Who do you write for? Why should they read it?
    The blog is for people thinking of starting their own business. I strive to provide practical information in lieu…
    of reviews of recent case law. I get suggestions from clients and the community so its tailored for them.
  14. You’re also active on Quora. Has that been an effective marketing channel for you? Doesn’t it carry additional risks?
    Not as much as I would like. I think quora is bigger in California just based on some of the questions on there…
    Quora has done a good job of mitigating the risks by offering lawyers an option to automatically add a legal disclaimer.
  15. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements, if any, have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
    Quite a bit! Its been extremely useful in building relationships and getting found…
    People check more than just your website these days and…
    if you want to attract the clients you want to work with then you need to make yourself visible I try to accomplish that via web 2.0
  16. Indeed. Let’s switch gears here: What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Legal outsourcing. Is it being used? is it effective? why aren’t client costs lower as a result of it? Lots of debate in this area.
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Probably a lot of outsourcing which will hopefully lead to more innovation in the profession.
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was 12 so I haven’t thought about much else…
    I think I would work on some of my other ideas: foodtruck, bags, shared space, phone app, or maybe go to bollywood and try my luck!
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    As someone you could truly count on and who you knew was doing their best for you. And as an active member of the community!
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Exploring Seattle. I only moved here 2 years ago from KS so the whole hiking, camping, biking thing is still relatively new for me
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Network with lawyers who practice in the area you want to be in. Network in communities you would like to work with..
    I also recommend seeking out contract work and volunteering in the community and with the local bar association.
  22. And our final question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    As long as you work hard and make the most of the opportunities available you will do great and you won’t have as much debt!

Thank you! I really enjoyed this tweet-erview (we need a better word for this).

Thank YOU very much for tweeting with me today. I enjoyed learning more about you and your practice.

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@omarharedeye

March 30th, 2011

Omar Ha-Redeye

Student-at-Law

Ontario Bar Association Articling Student Ambassador

Blogger at OmarHa-Redeye.com

Contributor to Slaw and The Lawyers Weekly

Today we’re tweeting w/ Articling Student Ambassador, HazMat respondent, and author of the Blawg Review of the Year @omarharedeye

  1. @omarharedeye, thank you for joining us on Twitter. Tell us, who is @omarharedeye?
    Remember the Shaft theme song? I’m a complicated man, and finally resigned myself to this fact. Just trying to have my type of fun.
  2. Well, your bio reads a little like a spy novel, making it hard to know where to start…. What are you currently doing?
    I’m in the last stage of becoming a lawyer in Ontario, Canada. We work under another lawyer in a process called “articling.”
  3. You finish your articles soon, don’t you? What’s next for you? Part of a firm or your own practice?
    No plans for my own practice any time soon. Litigation is highly leveraged, and cost consequences here make group practice prudent.
  4. Where do you see yourself in five years? What type of practice, what type of firm, etc.?
    That really depends on the opportunities. The legal profession here is still hesitant with social media, and I’m extremely visible.
  5. Indeed. You are the Ontario Bar’s “Articling Student Ambassador” for the Toronto Region. What does that role entail?
    Mostly meetings with exec. Advocating student interests. Encouraging participation in the OBA. Meeting lots of interesting people.
  6. You’ve seen how others do it. How well does the CA system stack up in preparing students for “the real world” of law?
    We balance strengths of US and UK systems; previous education, and practical experience. But only practice prepares for practice.
  7. You have a very storied past: nuclear medicine, health admin, corporate comms and PR. Why did you become a lawyer?
    I still do all of those careers in some capacity, even today. Law is just the newest layer in the skills and interests I’m pursuing.
  8. And how will your passions of the past shape your practice of the future?
    It’s the reason I engage in social media, I’m involved in the bar and teach. Life experience taught me to give back and value input.
  9. Nice philosophy. What lessons did you learn doing communications for a provincial cabinet minister?
    Politics and law are intricately related, there’s no escaping it. Any lawyer interested in reform or advocacy must become political.
  10. Tell us about going to South-East Asia after the 2004 tsunami. What did you do there? Where?
    We set up a medical clinic in a small rural area called Panton Labu. Only possible because of diplomatic relationships we developed.
  11. Must have been very satisfying to help that way. How do you describe yourself to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    Just Omar. Then find commonalities with them; there’s almost always something. Everyone ends up knowing a slightly different Omar.
  12. You blog, for your site http://bit.ly/f9zjmk and these http://bit.ly/em4ZpG http://bit.ly/8sA3xP. Why do you do it?
    I have a lot to say. It’s fun, and I meet people. And dozens Google my name every day. I have to give them something to talk about.
  13. :-) Congrats on winning Blawg Review of the Year for BR #278 http://bit.ly/g2wput. Will it be your last BR?
    Unlikely. We all need to engage in more online projects that refer to other sites, across jurisdictions. Builds stronger community.
  14. What’s the role of social media for lawyers today? Mktg tool? Relationship tool? Info tool? All of the above? None?
    All of the above. Few lawyers thrive in isolation/obscurity. People, including clients, are online. Let’s join them in a classy way.
  15. But you were “social” before social media (eg, Pres of 3 student clubs). Is online different or just diff channels?
    Exactly. Online activity should continue in person. Continuity is important, & I’ve always been pretty sociable before social media.
  16. Indeed. Let’s switch gears. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    How effectively can a service-based industry efficiently adapt to a rapidly changing economy without compromising client quality?
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Similar to today, given our resistance to change. But technology is a game changer, allowing firm growth we haven’t seen in decades.
  18. The answer to this one is probably pretty easy, but what would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    Probably work on my other half dozen careers. Surprisingly not much different than now, i.e. writing, teaching, pro bono, comm work.
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    The guy who figured out how to clone himself. Or work without sleep. The story isn’t over yet, and many memories to come, I hope.
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Seems I’m always working these days. Family, friends, like everyone. A few eccentric reading hobbies. Lots of movies for down time.
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    No job doesn’t mean you can’t work. Write a book, build a blog, volunteer in community. Stay busy, jobs will come if you’re positive
  22. And our final question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Play the long game, starting today. Don’t succumb to negative behaviour. Nice guys do finish first, so keep giving to your peers.

That’s useful advice. Thank you for an interesting interview today; I enjoyed getting to know you better

Thank you, Lance. It was my pleasure.

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@aligeary

March 22nd, 2011

Ali Geary

Anti-fraud, bribery and corruption Litigation Solicitor

Associate at Taylor Wessing

Today we’re tweeting w/ London litigation anti-fraud, bribery and corruption solicitor @aligeary

  1. @aligeary, thank you for joining us on Twitter. Tell us, who is @aligeary?
    I’m an Associate in the commercial disputes group at international law firm @TaylorWessing. Author of http://bit.ly/htQe8e
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    my caseload involves white collar crime, fraud, asset tracing, money laundering and corruption as well as tech disputes
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    my firm represent lots of large public and private organisations as well as high net worth individuals
  4. What would you say is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    in my field the Bribery Act is significant. It is also part of a wider trend of increasing regulation
  5. I want to talk more about the Bribery Act in a bit. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    Great. I ask “Is there anything else I should know?” Knowing all the facts is essential to getting the best result
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    A high point so far was recovering £32 million in connection with one of the UK’s largest ever pension scheme frauds
  7. Wow – that’s a lot of money…. Why do your clients hire you?
    Indeed. I think our clients appreciate our frank, tailored and commercially focused advice
  8. Let’s talk about the Bribery Act then. Why is it so important? How does it differ from pre-existing legislation?
    It is a regime change. Most significant is the new strict liability offence for organisations that fail to prevent bribery
  9. How will it affect the business operations of companies active in the UK?
    It will most affect companies not currently required to comply with similar legislation i.e. the FCPA, however…
    all companies will need to reflect on their current policies and internal culture
  10. How big of a problem is fraud, corruption and bribery? How widespread is it?
    a recent survey of FTSE 100 Co.s by KPMG found 39% had conducted at least 1 internal corruption investigation during 2007-9
  11. Finally, is the Bribery Act expected to set the new global standard for fighting fraud and corruption?
    We await publication of the government guidance on the Act. This will be a good indicator of the UK government’s…
    commitment to fighting fraud and corruption globally
  12. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    That I am lawyer and, if they haven’t already backed away, that I work in the field of anti-fraud, bribery and corruption
  13. First part never happens, I’m sure… When did you become active on Twitter? What were your objectives? Have they changed?
    I joined in March 2009. I spent a long time listening at first and slowly started to engage…
    there’s lots of talk abt the need to engage but I think some undervalue the benefits of listening to clients &contemporaries
  14. Excellent point. What does your firm’s leadership think of your social media presence?
    Thx. It’s v.positive. Our Managing Partner sent an email to the whole firm about @22Twts and this interview this morning.
  15. Nice! No pressure then…. Have your Web 2.0 activities led to any additional referrals or client engagements?
    Absolutely.Next month, I am presenting to the legal team of a large multinational Co- all activated through Web 2.0 activity
  16. Congratulations on that. Let’s switch gears now: what is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    Well,the Legal Services Act will change things a lot.I know this is something my firm is investigating http://bit.ly/hN5iMs
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Technology will play a much greater role. I see this as great opportunity….
    lawyers will be involved in increasingly creative and interesting work at the earlier stages of their careers
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I’d be pointing out the emergency exits on a 747. I wanted to be an air stewardess as a child. They all looked so glamorous
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a good lawyer who was passionate about her practice and a good bet when looking for a nice cup of tea and a chat
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    As well as the usual, trying new things. Recent projects include cupcake baking, falconry and tai chi – not at the same time
  21. Phew. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    I think it’s important to take stock of who you already know in the industry & how they or their contacts might assist
  22. And our final question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    I would say -make sure you end up working in an area of law you are passionate about and all your hard work will be worth it

That great advice brings to close a great interview. Thank you so much for tweeting with us today; I enjoyed it very much

Me too. Thank you.

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@LegalBizzle

March 15th, 2011

Legal Bizzle

In-house commercial / contracts lawyer

Author of The Bizzle blog

Relatively ordinary person with a sense of perspective and a social conscience

Today we’re v excited to be tweeting w/ @legalbizzle, in-house commercial & contracts lawyer who’s been “saving your ass since 1999”

  1. @legalbizzle thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @legalbizzle?
    I’m a commercial contracts lawyer who trained and works in-house. I’m probably not as good as I think I am
  2. Can you tell us about your company. What does it do?
    We do outsourced customer contact and back office processing for private and public sectors. Service, sales, collections etc
  3. How do you describe your role at that company?
    I negotiate contracts and provide general advice. I also manage the legal team incl contentious work, reporting to the GC.
  4. Beyond the in-house services you provide, what are your company’s typical legal needs?
    Specialist contract advice (e.g. public procurement) and also regulatory advice, employment and debt litigation
  5. How many outside firms do you generally work with? Is that the right number?
    Two each for commercial work and debt lit, one for employment, and ad hoc for specialist. We don’t send much outside, so yes
  6. Let’s talk about your selection of lawyers. What type of sales / marketing pitch do you respond well to?
    One that recognises our difference from other clients, in terms of the nature of our business and our legal needs
  7. Makes sense…. And what sales talk is guaranteed to send you running? How often do you hear it?
    One that ignores our in-house capability and assumes that we need advice on basic issues. Too often, unfortunately
  8. Does social media enter into the equation when you’re selecting outside counsel? How?
    (1/2) Not historically, but there’s lawyers showing expertise on Twitter that would lead me to them if I had a specific need
    (2/2) We’ve done that recently, based on responses to a question that I tweeted. My boss now thinks I’m a social media guru
  9. What about fee arrangements? Hourly billing, alternative fees, etc: what’s typical for your company?
    We want caps or fixes on transactional work. Firms won’t ditch hourly billing for contentious work – this needs to change
  10. Couldn’t be more clear…. How important are perso relationships in hiring process? Do you hire lawyers you never met?
    Essential for core work (see my blog). For specialist work expertise has more weight but there’s still a personal dimension
  11. What does the Legal Services Act mean for you as a client? Better service? Lower costs? Something else?
    Very little so far. But the nature of our business means that there might be conflicts that stop us instructing some ABSs
  12. When did you become active on Twitter? What were your objectives then? Have they changed?
    (1/2) In May 2010. My aim was and is to have fun, but it’s been amazing for news, expertise, support, friends and much more
    (2/2) It has so many facets, why rule any of them out? So I’m happy to let it take me wherever it leads
  13. Great approach…. You blog (http://bit.ly/flEYxg) and tweet anonymously. Why the secrecy? Is it a burden or a relief?
    I prefer anonymity because I’m self-conscious about my writing, so it gives freedom in that sense. I try not to abuse that
  14. But in spite of your anonymity, your writing is often very personal. Is there a line between public & private? Where?
    (1/2) I don’t have much to say about actual law that others can’t say far better, so I blog about my work and my experiences
    (2/2) But there is a balance between being interesting and being responsible. I don’t know if I always get that right
  15. It certainly seems you do. You give out a lot of advice in your blog. Who is it for? Do you know if they’re reading it?
    I write for myself but I appreciate it a lot when people read or share a post. It’s exciting to contribute to a conversation
  16. We’re glad that you do….. What would you say is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    It seems there’s pressure on revenue, from legal aid cuts to ABSs. But the in-house sector is somewhat insulated from these
  17. What are the biggest legal issues facing in-house lawyers & how do they affect their employers’ ability to do business?
    In my work, the rise of coercive procurement practices, which leads to an imbalance of risk between buyers and sellers
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    I studied philosophy at university, so if I wasn’t a lawyer I’d probably be sitting at home in my pants watching daytime TV
  19. :-) How do you want to be remembered?
    As a good lawyer, and someone who made a contribution to the success of the business that employs me. And as a good husband
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Sorry, I don’t understand the question… But sometimes I’m allowed out to see bands and spend time with my amazing wife
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Look in-house – we may hire more as we look to cut our external spend. But you need to show the right skills
  22. And our final question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Read my blog? More seriously, knowing the law is standard, so develop your non-legal skills to differentiate yourself

Solid advice and yes, your blog is very instructive re real life as a lawyer. Thanks so much for the great interview!

Much thanks to @22twts and @LanceGodard for great interview – really enjoyed doing that.

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@andrewmmorris

February 22nd, 2011

Andrew M Morris

Solicitor – Advocate in the Criminal Courts

Part time composer for film and TV

Singer / songwriter / guitarist / weissenborn player

Today we’re tweeting UK crim lawyer, singer/songwriter/guitarist & former support artist for Peter Green & Friends @andrewmmorris

  1. @Andrewmmorris, thank you for joining us on Twitter. Tell us, who is @Andrewmmorris?
    I am a solicitor advocate (Criminal Law) by day and a singer/songwriter and composer by night.
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    I am a criminal solicitor specialising in Crown Court cases and representing those charged with serious criminal offences
  3. Exactly what type of clients do you represent?
    Those charged with criminal offences, but these can range from the very minor to the most serious
  4. And what would you say is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    the right to defend themselves against allegations to protect their freedom
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I don’t have a set phrase about what I tell a client, it depends on each clients situation as I have to act in their best interest
  6. Makes sense…. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    This is really difficult for me to go into these cases. I have a duty of client confidentiality. But think Rumpole of the Bailey!!
  7. Fabulous! And that last tweet may also work as an answer to this question: Why do your clients hire you?
    am not sure why they hire me.I like to think Its because the client has confidence in my ability to defend them passionately
  8. That’s a strong selling point…. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    don’t have those kind of stats but there is always need for a criminal lawyer, as you can imagine especially in the current climate
  9. Indeed. Tell us a bit about your successful second career as a singer / songwriter / musician: http://mysp.ac/gs7oAJ
    Yes, played at glastonbury, supported @MarillionOnline , supported Peter Green, released two EPs, now writing for @Imagem_Music
  10. Wow. Does composing and performing music make you a better lawyer? In what ways?
    Performing certainly does, gives you confidence in public speaking and in court. Also teaches you team work when playing in a band
  11. How do you manage to juggle two very demanding careers? Do you think you’ll ever have to choose between the two?
    When you do two things you love its never hard to find time to do both, although my wife might disagree(!)
  12. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    I say am a lawyer by day, musician by night like a wierd superhero. People’s reactions are different but most people are intrigued.
  13. I certainly was…. When did you become active on Twitter? What were your objectives then? Have they changed?
    My objectives were to meet like minded people and learn more from others and as a forum to express myself and to promote my music.
  14. What does the leadership of your firm think of your Twitter / other social media presence?
    I don ‘t represent my firm on Twitter. I only represent myself and my music.
  15. I see. All the same, have your Web 2.0 activities led to any opportunities for your practice?
    Not yet!!
  16. Perhaps one day…. Let’s switch gears: What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    For Criminal law its the Legal Aid budget in the UK , which is undergoing consultations to shake up the fee structure.
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    Solicitors and barristers profession may be merged or at least they will be working together under the same professional body.
  18. I probably know the answer to this one, but what would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    yes its pretty obvious! A songwriter or composer – but I am very happy with my career as it stands and have never had to choose
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    As a lawyer who cared about the cases I was involved in and always gave 100%. A Musicians who wrote a few decent songs!
  20. What do you do when you’re not working (assuming there is such a time…)?
    Writing songs, composing for Film and TV, playing live. I also like to keep up to date with legal developments, caselaw etc.
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Stick with it as there is always the need for solicitors and lawyers in out litigious culture these days.We are a vital trade
  22. And our final question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    That getting any experience you can is vital to securing a training contract, be proactive and believe in your abilities

Two good pieces of advice. Thank you for tweeting with me today; enjoyed learning about you and your practice

thanks for the interview, really enjoyed it.

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@rbratby

February 8th, 2011

Rob Bratby

International telecoms and technology lawyer

Partner at Olswang LLP, London

Author of Watching the Connectives legal blog

Today we’re tweeting w/ international telecoms and tech lawyer and recent convert to legal blogging @rbratby

  1. @rbratby, thank you for joining us on Twitter. Tell us, who is @rbratby?
    I am a partner in the London office of the international TMT law firm Olswang
  2. Tell us about your law practice.
    My practice is a mix of corporate and commercial deals with some regulatory advice
  3. What type of clients do you represent?
    Mainly telecoms and technology companies
  4. And what would you say is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
    It differs – for some investment and growth, for others cost-reduction and for some regulation
  5. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
    I will do everything I can to ensure that at the end of this project you want to instruct me on the next one
  6. Tell us about one of the more significant client representations you’ve had.
    I helped a UK mobile network outsource its fixed voice and broadband business
  7. That must have been a complex deal. Why do your clients hire you?
    yes – challenging, but great team here and at the client….
    …Expertise, experience, enthusiasm, communication, cost-control (and modesty)
  8. :-) What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
    A mix of M&A, commercial (e.g.outsourcing) and regulatory / advisory work. Yes
  9. You’re on the board of the Communications Management Association. Tell us about that organization and its objectives.
    ‘best practice, knowledge networks and government representation in communications, collaboration and cloud services.’…
    now part of British Computer Society
  10. You’ve written about the Digital Economy Act 2010 on your blog. What is it? What does it mean for your clients?
    It is the front line between telecoms networks and rights owners: who takes responsibility for stopping IP piracy
  11. How did your experience as a commander in the British Army influence your legal practice? Does it make you a better lawyer?
    Staying cool and calm under pressure with little or no sleep is remarkably good training for law
  12. Indeed! How do you describe what you do to people you meet at a cocktail party?
    International telecoms and technology lawyer
  13. You recently began blogging on telecom and tech issues (http://bit.ly/grkaGi). What led you to start? Who do you write for?
    I set up a blog for my wife www.lisabratby.wordpress.com, and thought I should keep her company. Still finding audience
  14. What does your firm’s leadership think of your active social media presence?
    Olswang encourages innovation, so watching with interest.
  15. Nice. Have your Web 2.0 activities led to any additional referrals or client engagements?
    It seems to me to be much more about contact and (re) engagement.
  16. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
    How to deliver greater value at a lower cost
  17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
    I wish I knew. But I predict that the global top ten law firms will include at least one from each of India and China
  18. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
    Gardener
  19. How do you want to be remembered?
    As decent, kind and fair.
  20. What do you do when you’re not working?
    Spend time with my wife, family, friends and dog. Cycle, ski, garden, travel and go to the theatre
  21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
    Explore all opportunities. After the dot.com crash I got an MBA – there is always a silver lining
  22. That brings us to our final question for you: What advice do you have for people going to law school today?
    Work hard, but remember to make good friends and enjoy life.

That’s useful advice. Thanks very much for tweeting with us today, and telling us about you and your practice

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