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January blues

16 January 2012

Christmas already seems like a distant memory and already fanciful New Year’s resolutions have been kicked to the side of the road like an exhausted turkey carcass. The excitement and pizzazz of a new year has been replaced by lethargy, fatigue and queuing at customer services to return unwanted presents. But don’t be too down. This is not just any new year. This is an Olympic year! This is a jubilee year! This is the year that the BBC archives are raided again and long-forgotten TV shows are dragged into the 21st century whether we want them or not.

Mid-January is a bleak time of the year for most people and lawyers are certainly no exception. Plans to tidy my desk before (then during) the Christmas break were overtaken by client deadlines and end of year billing; the good intentions for more effective time recording (and less non-chargeable ‘administration’ time) are easily forgotten when excitable clients suddenly learn how to multitask and email, call and fax all ...

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