Why Good Lawyers Do Bad Interviews

When judicial and silk applicants perform badly during their  JAC selection days or silk interviews it is not usually because they found the questions difficult. In my experience, having advised and coached over a thousand lawyers and judges over the past 12 years, poor performance invariably comes down to one of the following: A failure…

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The Power of the Pause for Judicial and Silk Interviews

Whether you’re a leading junior being interviewed for silk or silk being interviewed for the High Court bench, most interviewees invariably speak faster during an important interview. This is often a consequence of the pressure they experience. This tendency to race ahead has the following negative consequences: Answers are fired off without sufficient thought, almost…

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Why Competency Based Processes Are Not About Blowing Your Own Trumpet

Probably the most frequent concern clients express to us when making a judicial or silk application is that they are not very good at blowing their own trumpet. The assumption that competency based processes require you to blow your own trumpet is a misconceived. You are not meant to say how impressive your cross-examination of…

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