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Are You Consulting the Best Road Traffic Lawyer?

Graham Walker Solicitor

Graham Walker Solicitor

Are You Consulting the Best Road Traffic Lawyer?

A Road Traffic Lawyer is needed when things go wrong and you are facing a driving ban. Who do you choose and do you know what really matters when it comes to fighting a Mobile Phone Road Traffic Case?

No matter how many reminders from the police, the Government or Road Safety Organisations about not using your mobile phone while driving, there are still times when you just can’t help but pick up that call. If by any chance you’re already up to 9 penalty points on your driver’s license, and you got pulled over by the police because they say, you were using your phone, you may already need assistance from Graham Walker, Scotland’s leading road traffic lawyer.

 

Graham has been dubbed by the press as “Scotland’s Loophole Lawyer” you will get the message that he has earned a reputation amongst his peers and those who are “in the know” for his ability to spot opportunities to win a case where others fail. He has represented fellow solicitors, QCs, high ranking political figures as well as high powered business people and celebrities.

 

Roadtrafficlaw.com fight “Mobile Phone” road traffic cases on the basis that the evidence needs to be examined rigorously. Often a video reconstruction is required to examine the police viewpoints, phone records may require to be obtained and lodged in court. Obtaining phone records in a Mobile Phone Road Traffic Case is not as straight forward as you might think and actually involves drafting and lodging a document with the higher, Sheriff court and having a hearing to allow the telecoms co to release the third party data to you. We are not looking to mitigate the offence with an excuse. Use of your mobile phone while on the road knows only one excuse and that is use in an Emergency (As defined in law…calling the police etc)

It doesn’t matter if you tell the officer that pulled you over that the phone call you had to make was an emergency, they’d still charge you with an offense until that issue has been checked out. However, with the help of Graham Walker Lawyer, you might be able to win the case in court. Here are some common reasons that clients have explained to us as being “Emergencies” They are not regarded as emergency telephone calls as far as the law is concerned.

Examples of when clients could not help but pick up that phone:

  • Your boss is calling, and you are expecting to be dealt with in a disciplinary hearing that may lose your job.
  • Your pregnant wife is calling you.
  • You remembered leaving the door at home unlocked.
  • An unknown number is calling, and curiosity makes you want to pick up that call.
  • Your child’s teacher or principal is calling you.

 

These are only a few of the many reasons why people can’t help but pick up the phone. As much as possible, you need to pull over when picking up the phone. Even when pulled over you may still be committing an offence if it looks to the police as though you are still in the process of driving. Switch that engine off.

Though using a hands-free device is presently considered safer (The jury is out on that research) this may actually be accepted by court to establish your defence so take photographs of your hands free set up. Try to show the police where it is and how it works. Don’t be surprised if they are not interested as they have made up their mind and “you are it”, as far as they are concerned.

Our main website at Roadtrafficlaw.com gives further advice and assistance and we have a free factsheet that you can obtain simply by getting in touch. No obligation and no sequence of Spam mails from uninvited authors!! I promise.

What if that phone call surprises you, distresses you or otherwise contributes to an accident of some kind? —whether it’s good or bad news—that causes you to drive off road, or collide with another road user, you can expect to be dealt with by way of a much more serious charge. Dangerous Driving or a contravention of Section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 is what you can expect to face and that carries a 12 month ban minimum and an order to re sit your driving test. It’s bad enough to get into an accident by yourself but even worse when you have other people involved in that accident? If that happens you could be in the nightmarish position of facing causing a death by Dangerous Driving.

 

Road traffic law in Scotland is a complex and difficult area of practise and many general practitioners feel that it is best to refer such cases to specialist firms like Graham Walker and roadtrafficlaw.com. We work on a completely transparent process of rewarding such firms with a “Profit share” referral fee, they can receive 10% of our agreed fee or they may wish to discount the client’s fee by that 10% or have us make a charitable donation for that amount.

Police officers do sometimes get it wrong. In a split second they draw the wrong conclusion and the next thing is that you are facing a 3pp endorsement and a £100 fine or much worse a Totting Up ban of 6 months. However, if you need help in your defence or if you badly need to win this case, then you must consult with a road traffic lawyer such as Graham Walker.

 The police don’t need video/photo evidence to say that you’ve disobeyed the road traffic law in Scotland  so you definitely need a road traffic lawyer in order for you to win the case. Trust no one but a road traffic lawyer with 30 years of experience in Criminal Law with a  road traffic specialty—contact Scotland’s Loophole lawyer for a FREE case consultation today. Call Graham Walker on 0800 612 9597 today.

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The Best Way To Take Notes

Hacking Chaos: The Cornell Method of Note-Taking

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Taking notes by hand is better than typing your notes on a computer. Handwriting forces you to slow down and focus on what is important. This greatly increases comprehension.

That is where the Cornell Method comes in. The Cornell Method has you separate your notes into a note-taking portion, key points, and a summary. It is ideal for lawyers.1

Setting Up the Cornell Method

To arrange your notes in Cornell fashion, take your standard legal pad and draw a thick vertical line down the left-hand side of the paper, approximately 2-3 inches from the side of the page. Then draw a horizontal line all the way across the paper about two inches from the bottom of the page. You will end up with something like this:

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You can also design one online and print it, or you can purchase Levenger pads optimized for the Cornell Method.

There. You are all done getting ready to take notes Cornell-style.

The Structure of the Cornell Method

Dividing your paper gives you three sections:

  1. The largest section is for note-taking.
  2. The left-hand margin is your key points and key questions section.
  3. The bottom is your summary.

Opinions differ wildly on what should happen with your notes section. Some people — particularly those that recommend it as a college study tool — subscribe to an elaborate set of rules about recording, reciting, reflecting, and reviewing. You probably do not need to go that deep. However, there is one principle that should guide you if you’re going to take notes using the Cornell Method: write less, not more.

If you have gotten used to taking notes on a laptop, you are already guilty of writing down too much. Treat your notes section like an outline. Shoot for key points, not a verbatim transcript. Think of that section as an outline you will return to later, after your lecture or meeting or motion hearing has finished.

The left-hand margin is your cue and recall section. When you are using Cornell as an academic note-taking method, the cue functions as a memorization and comprehension tool. You should be able to cover up your notes section, and answer any questions you posed to yourself in the cue section. You probably are not going to need to do that with your notes. Depending on what you are taking notes, this section can contain a series of questions, a roundup of notable points, or to get all business-speak, action items. You should be able to throw your entire notes section away and walk out of your meeting, hearing, or lecture with the key ideas intact. If you are the kind of person who likes to distill your oral arguments down to one notecard, this will seem pretty familiar.

The summary at the bottom is exactly what you would expect — a quick summary of the notes on that page. Internet nerds differ on whether you should do that right when you are done taking notes or after you have reviewed them. I tend to summarize right away. Otherwise, that summary section sits alone

How the Cornell Method Works For Me

It is not an exaggeration to say the Cornell Method helps me in every note-taking situation I have in my professional life.

In meetings, I use it to easily call out follow-up items by dumping them in the cue section. This can be anything from a statute I need to look up to a call I need to return. Pulling those to-do items and reminders out of the main text of the notes really highlights them. Every time I fall in love with a new type of notebook that does not have the Cornell margin, I go back to trying to just circle, underline, or highlight my follow up items and two things happen:

  1. My notes look like an utter mess
  2. I can’t easily find the things I want to do just by glancing at the page.

Pulling your next steps/to-dos/action items over into the left-hand column also works well if you like to reduce your notes to an actual to-do list you put on an index card, in a computer file, or a fancy Getting Things Done tickler file. That left-hand column is now functionally your list of next actions. In meeting situations, the summary usually ends up being nothing but the date, time, purpose, and attendees of the meeting. This gives me a way to file my notes easily.

When I am listening to someone else talk for any length of time, whether an opponent in court or speaker at a CLE, being forced to organize my notes Cornell-style on the fly means I am actively engaged. If I do not take handwritten notes, my mind drifts, and suddenly I’ve missed everything. Here, I use the notes section to force me into keeping a cohesive outline, even if the speaker wanders around a bit (as lawyers often do).

Then I use the recall section to break out big-picture points I’m going to address and key questions I’d like to ask. Again, pulling those things out of the notes section cleans up my notes visually, and creates a quick mini-outline that I can refer to quickly.

The arena in which I’ve definitely found the Cornell method most helpful is in organizing my own teaching notes. The notes section covers the main points of my lecture in an outline and forces me to stay on task. The recall section is my dumping ground for everything I can’t deal with in my notes without things getting messy. Questions I plan on asking appear there, linked to whichever part of the lecture they’re related to. Reminders to myself also go there when I’m re-reading notes before getting up to speak. Notes on sources, if I need to mention those, go in the side margin as well.

With that wide Cornell margin, my teaching notes last three or four semesters instead of one. This is because I’m able to use that recall section to highlight key changes I want to make next time I present the material. Finally, the summary functions like the tagging function in Evernote. I have got the week of the semester the lecture occurs, the name of the class, the major topics I’m covering that week, and a page number. This way, when I have shuffled and reshuffled the pages while speaking, I can easily put them back together again when I’m done (or let’s be honest, mid-lecture).

If you are hopelessly disorganized like me, but wish you were an organized person hacking your own tendencies towards chaos, you really can’t go wrong with taking your notes by hand using the Cornell Method to force you into a specific but flexible note-taking framework. All my notes — meeting notes, lecture notes, deposition notes — look and function the same, which means I always know where to put information when I am writing, and I always know how to find information when I’m reviewing later.

The Cornell Method is the only productivity tool that has stuck with me for more than a year, and I am never giving it up.


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Leading Legal Excellence

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Leading Legal Excellence

The legal market is going through unprecedented change. The challenge of the digital era coupled with new expectations from clients requires those within the legal profession to adapt, to innovate, to modernise, to take risks and grasp new opportunities.

The Law Society of Scotland have organised a conference that will be opened by The Law Society President, Christine McLintock they say in their website :- “We are delighted to welcome Lord Hodge, Justice of the UK Supreme Court as our opening keynote speaker with the afternoon’s keynote session being delivered by Karl Chapman, CEO of successful new UK legal market entrant Riverview Law. Throughout the day you will be spoilt for choice with over 16 different topics for you to choose from within Rule of Law, Business, In House lawyers and the Economy streamed sessions.

This year’s conference will see Solicitors from Private Practice and In-house come together with colleagues from other professions at our post conference networking event, to celebrate both the winner of the annual In-house Lawyers Group Rising Star Award and the 50th anniversary of the Scottish Law Commission.

Registration fees for the conference are from £130.00 inclusive of VAT and the conference will count towards 6hours CPD.

Find out more information and register


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Building A Good Landing Page

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Brilliant Article From the Unbounce Website- Read, Learn, Improve

A Recipe for the Perfect Landing Page

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Be Happy, Feel Important – Refer A Client

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Great Blog Post From Scot Tousley at Sidekick. Well worth Putting here because it is relevant to all of us rtlcooperative members.

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We ALL want to feel important. Every single one of us. And that’s not to say it’s a bad thing. It’s simply ingrained into our DNA. Thus, we can leverage this principle to strengthen valuable relationships (such as that person we admire):

We can make them feel important by telling them how much we genuinely appreciate them.

Dale Carnegie, author of How To Win Friends And Influence People, stresses this principle. By genuinely appreciating someone, they’re more apt to like us.

According to Dr. Robert Cialdini’s Six Principles of Influence, if someone likes us, they’re more likely to build a relationship with us. The stronger the relationship, the greater opportunity to help each other in the future.

So by genuinely appreciating someone, it can create a casual chain of various benefits:

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In addition, by sincerely appreciating someone we’ll experience significant spikes in our happiness, according to University of California-Berkeley.

Here’s How to Act on This:

Step 1: Write down the name of someone you admire that you’re in regular contact with.

Remember the beginning of this article, we asked who is someone you admire? Well, grab a pen and write down their name.

It can be anyone you admire, but there’s a catch. You must be able to realistically get ahold of them. Examples include:

  • An entrepreneur you know
  • Someone from your family
  • An executive on your team
  • Your best friend
  • A previous (or current) mentor
  • A VC you respect

Don’t write down someone like Bill Gates or Ariana Huffington. Think of someone you can easily contact.

Step 2: Write down WHY you admire this person.

Now take a few minutes to write down why you admire this person. Did you learn a valuable lesson from them?

Did they go above and beyond to help you?

Why?

Studies prove that by writing down your appreciation for someone, you get a 2 – 4% bump in current happiness.

But there’s a way to 8x that rise in happiness, which I’ll explain in the next step. This is the key to the entire exercise.

Step 3: Read that person what you wrote … word for word.

By physically reading what you wrote, it will result in 4 -19% boost in current happiness. As a bonus, you’re sometimes met with a reaction that looks like this:

As further inspiration, SoulPancake filmed an identical exercise (that has over 3.5 million views). And it may just make you cry (you’ve been warned):

Hear the reaction from the people receiving those phone calls? They’re in awe, shocked with happiness and tears. That’s because it’s real.

It’s sincere. It comes from the heart.

And as Dale Carnegie says, that’s the difference between genuine appreciation and cheap flattery:

Genuine appreciation is selfless. It comes from the heart. It’s genuine. And people can tell we really mean it. And because of that reason, it’s how we can build and strengthen long-term relationships.

If we only give compliments when we want something, we’re going to hit roadblocks. In both our personal and professional lives.

Don’t destroy potential relationships by manipulating others through cheap flattery. Rather, focus on building long-term relationships through sincere appreciation.

So if we’re going to compliment someone — let’s make sure we mean it. That it’s sincere. That it comes from the heart. That there is no agenda.

If we follow those simple rules, I think we’ll be surprised how quickly the kindness comes back around.