Internet Newsletter for lawyers

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers May/June 2018

The latest issue of the Internet Newsletter for Lawyers is now published. The PDF issue is attached. Print subscribers will receive their print issues shortly.

In this issue

  • Access to justice – Graham Ross of The Mediation Room reviews developments in ODR and the online court
  • Data protection – Phil Lee of Fieldfisher looks at whether fresh marketing consent is needed under the GDPR
  • Chambers IT – Delia Venables and guest authors look at practice management tech for barristers chambers
  • Cryptocurrencies – Alex Heshmaty of Legal Words explains cryptocurrencies and their relevance to legal practice
  • Websites – Ed Ryan of Hallam Internet explains when and how to use 301 redirects when changing your website
  • Tech law – Nick Holmes reviews recent analyses of the developing law relating to the application of algorithms

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Essential Tips On How To Take Great Headshot Photos
Sarah Morris


Taking great headshot photos can seem to be a challenging prospect. A headshot means a type of technique wherein the camera’s focus is on the person’s face. Your subject looks through the camera in a slightly intense environment- waiting for your direction. Behind that look or smile, a person can be nervous.


How do you come up with the most compelling shots, making sure that the overall result is excellent?


Here are essential tips on how to take great headshot photos.


  1. Focusing on the eyes


They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. There is nothing more important than showcasing the eyes because it draws in the viewer of the photo. Furthermore, it can form an instant connection with anyone who comes across the photograph.


  1. It’s all about the angles


Angles will affect the overall outcome of the photograph. Mostly, for women, to make the eyes rounder and emphasized and the face to look more delicate, you have to shoot downwards. However, this varies for men; you have to shoot slightly upwards to highlight strength and accomplishment.


  1. Diffused light


The skin is an essential feature, especially if you’re going for a close up shot. You can try using diffuse lighting to spread on the skin, eliminating blemishes and bringing more definition to the subject’s facial features.


  1. Using the right lenses


Take note- lenses can make or break a photograph. Avoid mid to wide angle lenses. Instead, you can use a lens that is 90mm and above because it slims the face and compresses the overall appearance of the image.


  1. Hair light


Every detail is critical. A hair light can either be put behind or above the subject to add more depth to the shot.


  1. Pull expressions out of your subject


An expression from your subject is one of the most critical aspects of achieving an excellent headshot. Try to pull out emotions as much as you can, making the overall photo more casual and natural-looking. You can guide them by telling them a compliment, cracking a funny joke, or ask thought-provoking questions that can show their personality as well as real and raw emotions on their face.


What makes a great headshot?


Here are some elements of a good headshot that can improve your overall work.


  • eye contact- the subject looks directly into the camera
  • the frame is from the chest and up
  • good lighting to one’s face
  • avoiding shadows
  • it showcases your aura and personality


The takeaway


A good headshot can work wonders. It is, therefore, crucial to come up with the perfect outcome because people can use it to make their online job profiles look good, highlights their personal brands, email signatures, blogs and so forth. It serves the purpose of making a lasting connection with the viewer that can speak volumes.
To contact experienced headshot photographers specializing in corporate and actors’ headshots, personal branding photography and environmental portraits, visit 312elements.com.

Charon QC

You may find this truly astonishing, but I have been invited by Della Croft, the MD of Law And More, of which more later, and Vanessa Wozniak, the Editor of the LawandMore online magazine ……to be their guest restaurant critic!

To be fair, at the age I am, I have eaten quite a bit of food and have done my best to sample and taste the wines of the world. I think I’ll be able to ‘hack’ it.

I was offered this guest spot on the strength of a restaurant review I did on Charon a year ago – re-printed today on the LawandMore website.


Have a look at their website – it is packed with information and is unusual. You may have read my review a year ago. If you have not done so – and would like to do so – have a look here.


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Monday 6th of January was a momentous day for the British legal system. For the first time in the history of their profession, barristers staged a strike in protest over proposed cuts to the legal aid bill.

Hundreds of trial lawyers, dressed head to toe in their traditional garb – black gowns, grey wigs, white bow ties – took part in vocal demonstrations outside the Old Bailey with the aim of convincing the justice secretary, Chris Grayling, to reconsider the planned reductions.

The Ministry of Justice claims that the cuts will slash £220 million from government spending, but the 30% reduction is just another in a long line that has seen legal aid fees budget for criminal cases decrease by 40% since 1997. Many law firms around the country, including Manchester-based criminal law solicitors Maguires Solicitors, rely on Legal Aid funding from the government to carry out cases where the financial situation restricts them from paying the costs.

There are legitimate fears among legal professionals that the new proposals will result in a lower quality of legal representation, more miscarriages of justice and fewer convictions. Nigel Lithman QC, Chairman of the Criminal Bar Association, feels that barristers are being unfairly singled out and that many will leave the profession if the cuts are implemented: “Why not publish the incomes of top surgeons?” Lithman asked. “Why not show the politicians who have incomes from property? We are being singled out. Why such contempt for the criminal bar?”

Lithman’s comments are a reaction to the MoJ’s attempt to paint criminal lawyers as wildly overpaid, a claim that they say is greatly exaggerated. Official figures show that 1,200 barristers (of the some 15,500 the Bar Council say practise in England and Wales) earned a minimum of £100,000 each from criminal legal aid. But barristers counter that after all their expenses are taken into account, including chamber fees and pension provision, they are left with £50,000 in taxable income.

The median income for barristers was shown to be £56,000 but Lithman  explains that this doesn’t show the real picture: “Some barristers are earning as little as £13,000 a year. We are seeing more and more bankruptcies in the junior bar. Many are earning less than £25,000 a year.”

However, the MoJ still contend that the current system is too generous. A spokesperson for the department said: “At around £2bn a year we have one of the most expensive legal aid systems in the world, and it would remain very generous even after reform.”Latest figures show more than 1,200 barristers judged to be working full-time on taxpayer-funded criminal work received £100,000 each in fee income last year, with six barristers receiving more than £500,000 each.

“We entirely agree lawyers should be paid fairly for their work, and believe our proposals do just that. We also agree legal aid is a vital part of our justice system – that’s why we have to find efficiencies to ensure it remains sustainable and available to those most in need of a lawyer. Agencies involved in the criminal justice system will take steps to minimise any upset court disruption could cause for victims and witnesses involved in trials.”

As well as cuts, the MoJ’s Transforming Legal Aid consultation comes with a whole host of propositions, the most radical of which include:

– Prisoners who challenge their treatment in jail will no longer be entitled to legal aid.

– Judicial reviews will become more difficult. Those cases deemed to have a less than 50% chance of success will no longer be funded through legal aid (making it harder to hold the government accountable for unlawful actions).

– A residency test will exclude those with “little or no connection to this country” from receiving support for civil legal actions in England and Wales. The Catholic church has condemned it as harmful to recently arrived victims of human trafficking and domestic abuse.

– A financial eligibility threshold will prevent those with a disposable household income of £37,500 or more from receiving legal aid in the crown court.

And where would we be without our Police ?

Rive Gauche: Just a pic…

I did like this library!  Is it the real thing?

HT to @beaubodor who made the original comment some two years ago… see: http://muckrack.com/archiebland/statuses/182578163589726208