Lawyers : Top 5 tips for using Favorites on twitter

Lawyers Top 5 Tips for using ‘Favorites’ on twitter by Legaleaglemhm

Ok so you are busy! Part of your day both in a professional capacity and in your private life involves dipping in and out of social media.

It may appear that I am always on twitter but I will let you into my secret, I may be ‘on ‘ logged into social media but I manage my twitter use to fit around my work and family life. I’ve been on twitter since 2009 and these are some of the things I have learned over the years.

This blog post will tell you how to do it using ‘favorites’

Here is my top 5 ways of using the ‘favorite ‘ button on twitter.

First of all if you notice that I have favorite one of your post it does not necessarily mean

  1. That I like it
  2. That I endorse it
  3. Or that I will necessarily RT it.

Here is how I use ‘Favorites’ on twitter

  1. Bookmark – If I see a post that is of interest to me I will favourite it as a bookmark for reading later. I tend to read these book-marked posts late at night when I am settling down for the evening once my children are settled. It’s the time of day that I can read, think and plan. If your post makes it onto my favourite list then I will read it as some time.
  1. Follow list – If I see a post from a tweeter that is of interest to me and I want to check out their Bio and look at some of their posts before I decide to follow them I will hit the favourite button to review later. Many of the people I follow have been discovered this way.
  1. Unfollow List – yes, sometimes I see a post that I don’t like. Perhaps it is insensitive or on a topic I find distasteful or not of interest to me. As a busy professional I do not have the time to seriously review all of the people I follow so I use the favorites button to highlight their post that I can review later and then hit the Unfollow button and at times the blocked button.
  1. Blog Post list – I love blogs, reading blogs, writing blogs, and thinking about blogs. I haven’t bought a newspaper in around 5/6 years and that is because I prefer blogs. Sometimes a blog article will appear on my twitter feed and I might think I have something to say on the subject, perhaps the inspiration for an additional post of my own. My favorites button helps me to highlight blogs for me to subscribe to and ideas to throw into my think tank.
  1. List List List – I make lists, it’s kind of what I do. Funny tweeters, legal tweeters, and foodies you get the picture I use the favorites button to highlight tweeters that I want to add to a list.

I hope this blog gives you some ideas of how to effectively use ‘favorites ‘ on twitter, manage your time effectively and of course find great sources of information and wonderful people.

Add this tweet to your ‘favorites’


You can follow me on twitter @Legaleaglemhm

Michelle L Hynes

Legal Process Engineer

Inksters Solicitors


Tips Celebrity Blogging for Law Students and Lawyers by Legaleaglemhm

Wow !

Celebrity blogging for Law Students and Lawyers  !!!!!!!


I’ve just checked my analytics for one of my 7 blogs and I am amazed to see that I have now had over 70,000 views on one blog alone (this one)

With 5500 subscribers receiving updates as and when I post.

I just want to pass on some of the tips for blogging I have learned over the years.

10 Tips for Successful Blogging

1. Keep blog posts short
2. Keep it updated
3. Engage –  it may not be twitter but you can engage with your blog audience
4. Keep it real – Humans like real stuff
5. Invite ‘guest bloggers’
6. Use twitter and facebook to promote your blog
7. Make time to blog – even 15 minutes a day can keep your blog updated
8. Read other blogs and comments:The world of ‘blogging’ is growing
9. Add images and video people are nosey ! we all like to use visual aids to help convey a message use photos, images and if you like music (but make sure you own the media Copyright Theft applies to blogs too)
10. Enjoy

That said , why not set up a blog on one of the many platforms such as wordpress or blogger or tumblr.Make a brew and get blogging.

Send me a link to your blog and I will happily review for you and offer advice.

Have a great day folks from Sunny Partick in Glasgow’s West End

Michelle L.Hynes


Legal Process Engineer


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What is Legal Process (Knowledge) Engineering ?

What is Legal Process (Knowledge) Engineering ?
Legal Process (Knowledge) Engineering is a role which has startled some, caused many a disgruntled look and made some lawyers stare blankly onto their desks.

On the other hand it has caused some to sit up and take notice, direct their attention from their writs and even pray that this newly created role might, just might be the ‘missing link’ to a new legal profession.

The role itself does not fit in with the traditional perception of ‘what it is to be a lawyer’.

No-one at law school mentioned it. Legal Knowledge Engineering ( our title has been tweaked to fit our firm) is a new term coined by Professor Richard Susskind OBE.

Richard Susskind is an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and national governments, and holds law professorships at Gresham College in London and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. His main area of expertise is the future of professional service, with particular reference to information technology. He has written and edited numerous books, including “The Future of Law” and “The End of Lawyers?”, and has written over 100 columns for The Times.

Professor Richard Susskind is regarded as a true guru of legal technology and visionary predictions for the future of the legal profession worldwide. He has challenged law firms to recognize the market pull towards commoditization of legal services and to source routine and repetitive tasks in a more efficient way, and has predicted changing roles for the legal profession and need for increased professionality and efficiency by combining business development with technology. He has even predicted that computerizing will come to replace some of the traditional work of lawyers in firms and that the new legal career Legal Knowledge Engineer will evolve to meet the new talent demands for lawyers with competence to combine legal knowledge with IT skills. By implementing automated document production to support standardisation, firms will be able to deliver the same quality legal services and yet maintain profit margins regardless of fee structure. However, it is important not to underestimate the level of competence and skills required to understand and implement business support tools, in particular IT solutions, in a way that really enables a law practice to benefit and leverage the business and knowledge resources.

The role of Legal Knowledge Engineer is a key position within the law firms of our future sitting somewhere within organisational charts along side partners, associates and general counsel. When implementing a document assembly tool, legal documents need to be converted and connected in the right way to maximise efficiency. This is not possible for someone from the IT department, who might not have the relevant legal knowledge – and could also be difficult for a lawyer who does not really understand the complexity and potential of the tool.

This observation has also been made by Professor Richard Susskind in his book The end of lawyers?: Susskind says “It is entirely misconceived to think, as many lawyers do, that work on standards and systems can be delegated to junior research or support lawyers. If a legal business is going to trade on the strength of outstanding standards and systems, then it will need outstanding lawyers involved in their design and development. These legal knowledge engineers will also be needed to undertake another central task: the basic analysis and decomposition of legal work that I claim will be required if legal work is to be multi-sourced effectively and responsibly.” It is therefore important for the legal profession to acknowledge the unique competencies required to combine legal knowledge and IT skills to build a business differentiator.

The Legal Knowledge Engineer or in our case the Legal Process Engineer is a role in its embryonic stages which will over the course of the next year draw influences from outside of the profession to equip us with a newly engineered model of practice which we envisage will make us ‘Fit for purpose’ for the future of law. Personally as a pioneering Legal Process Engineer I welcome the challenge to step precariously outside of the legal comfort zone , my own comfort zone and take that leap of faith that we can engineer a new legal landscape.

I have joined innovative & Award winning Law firm @Inksters with our visionary and Managing partner @Brianinkster at the helm.

Let our journey commence.

Michelle Hynes LL.B(Hons) DipLP follow on on twitter @legaleaglemhm

Legal Process Engineer

A New Breed of Lawyer is Born – Right Here In SCOTLAND @Inksters

Is the Scottish Legal Profession responding to market changes? Yes It is !

A new journey begins for me today as I take up my appointment with one of Scotland’s Leading Law firms as a new type of Lawyer.

Over the last 5 years we have seen many changes in the Legal profession and fears of the ‘end of the solicitor ‘due to the increase of high street legal providers challenges even the sole practitioner. Law Students shake as they leave Law School not knowing if they will even find a traineeship or job at the end of it. The changes in Billing , process and practice leave partners, associates and the profession as a whole in a precarious position.

In an innovative and pioneering step Brian Inkster has embraced head on.

My appointment as the new Legal Process Engineer at @Inksters is in itself unique in Scotland.

It is a new role within the Legal Profession and I am very honoured to have been appointed and bestowed with this challenge.

Brian Inkster said “Inksters have always been at the cutting edge of legal innovation. Having a dedicated Legal Process Engineer will see us systematizing all of our processes and in turn assisting efficiency, business growth and profitability. Michelle is ideal for this task and I am delighted that she is joining our growing legal team in Glasgow.”

Inksters have been expanding rapidly over the past year or so with a new larger Glasgow HQ and offices in Wick and Portree to add to their Inverness office.

You can follow me on twitter @legaleaglemhm

follow our firm @inksters

Michelle Hynes LL.B(Hons) DipLP

Legal Process Engineer


2014 : The year of Law and The Creative Industries



1003953_630343610341686_1163450775_nWow ! 2013 was certainly a great year for me folks but having had a wonderful christmas and super busy January I now return to my legal blogging with a focus on the creative industries.

As a lawyer and an artist I have been spending some time doing what I love to do and that is paint. I have been  exhibiting, selling and showing my work and finding myself in the company of many new emerging and super talented artists. You never can take that legal head off can you ?

The same recurrent questions seem to be batted around at many groups and exhibitions I have been involved with. I actually have been taken back by the amount of misinformation, urban legend and utter rubbish I haver heard about Intellectual property whilst wearing my “artist ” hat. It got me thinking , how do these genius artists actually know how to protect themselves and their work in this ever changing landscape of art . The traditional methods of exhibiting , selling and displaying art have changed and some artists are fearful of showing their art for feel or infringement, theft and surely this is stunting our creative juices?

February sees the launch of a series of articles by me aimed directly at the new emerging artists who despite being fantastically talented still seek the expert advice of the legal profession for questions such as How to protect your intellectual property. How to exhibit.How to make sure you are credited with your rights.How to register a design.How to make sure your attributed with your rights when collaborating with others.

Law and The creative industry is an area which I am passionate about and will be a focus of my blog for the next few posts. If you have a specific area that you would like me to touch on please leave a comment below.

( My posts do not constitute as legal advice and are aimed at provinging guidance only )

Michelle Hynes LL.B (Hons) PGDipLP

Lawyer, artist,writer,poet and Gobi Desert trekker


Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Glasgow 2009 and Diploma in Legal Practice in 2011.

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What makes a GREAT lawyer ?

What makes a ‘Great Lawyer?’

It’s the question on everyone’s lips right now – Is it great legal skills and depth of knowledge alone or is it sharp business skills and acute commercial awareness?
OR Is it a mixture of both?

As a newbie lawyer about to launch into the profession I look to my peers for guidance to assist me on my journey to becoming a ‘great lawyer’ but what exactly is that and are clients even in the market for a great lawyer at all?

Is it all about the money ? Or is it all about the client? How do you strike a balance that gives the client the best legal services whilst dealing with the ever-changing landscape that is the metamorphosis we call the Legal Profession.?

Do clients want a great lawyer ? Maybe they are happy with a mediocre lawyer if it saves them money.
Unlike many new lawyers I am a bit more mature and am entering the profession with a first career in Business under my belt.

I can not help looking at matters from a business perspective, it’s what I do. However many new lawyers are flying out to the realms of practice without so much as knowledge of ‘what a file looks like’ let alone the in depths understanding of strategic sales and planning strategies.

For law students many have studied for 5 years to grapple with the intricacies of legal argument only to find that someone has ‘moved the goal post’ once they have graduated. Now in 2011 as they enter the profession they need to be commercially aware too.

Why did no one tell them when they were filling out that UCAS form. Would they have benefited by taking a year or two out and learning the ropes in a small business venture first?

I would be very interested in receiving your comments and if you would like to write a Guest blog then please let me know. – What makes a ‘great lawyer’ and do clients want one anyway?

Help the Next Generation of Lawyers – with the benefit of YOUR experience.

Michelle.L.Hynes LL.B (Hons)DipLP

Death of the handshake -Twitter That old devil that it is

Twitter – That old devil that it is


Some refer to twitter as a ‘waste of time’ and some cannot see what anyone would possibly use it for.

People use twitter for many different reasons including chatting, following great links and doing business.

One might ask how can you do business using 140 characters?

Let me tell you how twitter is becoming like the ‘virtual hand shake’

In life-before twitter I attended many events both business and social where the first time I met someone – I smiled (an incredible smile) reached out my hand and gripped firmly.Yes, I do have a firm handshake.
This ‘reaching out’ made a ‘connection’ a primitive way of saying ‘hello’ ‘how do you do’ it was an expression that I wanted to talk , engage and perhaps even do business or become friends.

The explosion of ‘twitter’ means that connections are more often made now from one keyboard to another or one application to another. Is the handshake DEAD?

Does twitter ‘kill the handshake?’

No , twitter lets me have thousands of hands whooooopeeee.

I can reach out and connect with MORE and MORE people who I want to engage with when I want to engage with them.

And remember I can now exchange a ‘virtual handshake’ with people around the world.

Next time you reach out your hand to shake the hand of another human being , think on……….the virtual handshake saves time and money(no flight costs to travel to meet them) (No germs, erm I do know some people who are a bit OCD when it comes to shaking hands) and (convenience you can meet many people right from where you are now)

Whether you’re looking to grow your network, learn, make referrals or even just chat the Twitter handshake is there at the tip of your fingers)

Very pleased to meet you
*virtual handshake and a smile from Partick*


Law Professor says – All NEW LAWYERS should be techies

Why all NEW lawyers should be Techies  by Legaleaglemhm

I am currently researching for a paper I am working on and as I have a passion for Law I find myself in ‘Fairy godmother of Law students ‘mode. Listen up you lawyerly types, Ive got something to share with you.*****waves magic wand******

When people speak about Technology in legal matters one could be forgiven for thinking that Technology is a specific area of law. One might think that we are referring to a group of specialist Lawyers trained specifically in the goings on of Technology companies,the world of Intellectual property and so forth but actually when we speak about Law and technology we should know that the language of law has changed.

It is now a term that relates to the everyday workings of Law students,academics and lawyers in their every day life. Law ,  a traditional subject has evolved.FACT.

I came across a really interesting article tonight on the Legalrebels blog by Dan Katz Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director – ReInvent Law: A Law Laboratory Devoted to Innovation, Technology & Entrepreneurship

Tech skills are the key to law students’ future employment, says ‘13 Legal Rebel Dan Katz


Photo of Dan Katz by Wayne Slezak.

Law professor Daniel Martin Katz is betting the pot–his future and those of his students–on a radical model of legal training and job placement.

Katz’s ReInvent Law Laboratory, which he co-founded and co-directs with fellow Michigan State University College of Law professor Renee Newman Knake, aims to prepare students and practicing lawyers for what the face of law will become as traditional delivery models stagnate and legal technology startups and alternative service providers continue to expand.

“The part [of the legal profession] that is actually growing–the Clearspires, the Axioms, legal process outsourcers and software companies–they need people with particular sets of skills who have domain expertise and can build software that works to solve legal problems,” says Katz, an associate law professor with a tech and public policy background–an unusual combination in legal academia. “They need lawyers who know the law, understand software and technology, and [know] how to mesh the two.”

Katz’s familiarity and expertise with visual design, computer science and big data are missing from most law school faculties, says MSU Law dean Joan W. Howarth, who recruited Katz to be a change agent at her school.

“I was especially pleased when Dan took his expertise and his passion to questions about the future of the legal profession and industry,” Howarth says, “because he has the skills to be able to think about, write about and push forward any kind of subject.”

To that end, the ReInvent Law module includes a core curriculum of classes designed to teach students and practicing lawyers “hard skills” such as quantitative legal prediction (including technology that predicts whether a client has a case, the odds of winning it and which arguments should be used in support). The program also promotes the research and development of legal service models that are affordable, accessible and widely adopted through startup competitions and free daylong seminars designed to spark ideas and conversation among leading entrepreneurs and legal innovators. That crowd includes Katz’s students, who are gaining the attention of legal employers–and getting hired.

Although Katz, 35, actively recruits tech-savvy prospective students the way a college football coach scouts talent (Katz played ball at the University of Oregon), that doesn’t mean policy-science majors need not apply.

“They just have to be willing to take a crash course and learn” (which he says has never been easier thanks to the explosion of free, online university-level classes) “because in this industry, you don’t have to be able to outrun the bear; you just have to outrun the other people. When it comes to a technical standpoint, most people in the legal industry can’t even walk.”

Katz has no qualms that his vision won’t kowtow to those married to traditional law school methods and business models. He feels the placement of ReInvent Law students in BigLaw jobs will spur wider adoption of similar modules that teach these skill sets and increase demand for those who possess them.

To break the barrier with traditional firms, “you have to have somebody so ‘teched up’ that it makes sense to hire them,” Katz says.

“Discovery is where it clearly makes sense. When I talk to lead discovery law firm partners, they say that they need people with these skills and would rather take a person like that than someone currently in their organizations,” Katz says. “They’ll say that off the record, but the idea is the No. 2 person on the matter doesn’t know anything; they’re just there.”

“If we prove this [model] is successful, there will be a lot of copycats, but the problem is law school faculty don’t have the tools; there are no tech skills or design training, no entrepreneurs,” Katz says.

“They don’t have skin in the game. I’m in the club because I’ve got [capital in legal tech] companies and have pushed all my chips forward on this. That’s my bet. We’ll see where it lands.”

I couldn’t agree more with professor Katz and If you want to ‘stay in the game’ then get your anorak, get learning.FAST. ( I say this as I work Geekily away on my mac )

What do you think ? I welcome your comments


Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLp

TOP TIPS : How to choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

confused baby boomercrThe internet is awash with law firms, legal eagles and lawyers specialising in every area of law and yet when someone suffers from an injury that happened at work, on holiday  or at home the last thing they need is to spend hours searching the internet to find a solicitor that relates to their problem.

Clients are people after all and having suffered a trauma or accident it can lead them to be in a distressed, confused or even an angry position. One of the main areas we learn at Law school is about how Law is about LIFE. Life is not like a text book.Life has variations, sadness,distress,anger and these are the emotions a client will be going through when they are looking for help form a solicitor.

How do you know which solicitors to choose?

If you’ve been involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and you want to make a personal injury claim or get legal advice you will need to find yourself a firm of personal accident claims solicitors you can trust to guide you every step of the way. Sometimes the situation may involve something that has happened at work or in relation to your family member and emotions run high.

Questions about procedure and costs are high on the list , what are my prospects of winning,how long will this take ? These questions need to be answered . How does No win No fee work ? The Law is a complex area and clients need no nonsense straight talking right at the beginning.

Maybe the incident happened overseas, on holiday or at a visit to the dentist.What type of lawyer do I need is often heard under the breath of a confused new client sat infront of a PC.

So yes, doing a google search is important but its also important to consider a firm with a strong reputation and who can offer a you a level of specialism in personal injury cases.

The TOP 4 things clients should look for when choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer  

1. A strong internet presence with good testimonials available to read ( read testimonials by happy clients) 

2. A professional team with good communication ( have a look at ‘our team’ on the website ) 

3.A result based client history – WIN WIN WIN ( how many cases have they won)

4. Someone you can speak to , ask questions and feel looked after. ( how quickly is your email or call answered? Does someone get back to you and keep you posted at all steps of the way)

If you need any help finding a specialist solicitor why not drop me an email below or you can have a look on the right hand side of my blog for law firms.

I hope you have enjoyed my Top tips for finding a personal injury solicitor.

Michelle Hynes LL.B(Hons) DipLP


The 15 minute Rule – Updating your blog is it important????

WOW ! with now over 65,000 views on my blog, and a new job too I find myself  re-examining my blog.
I actually chuckled at some of the blog posts and thought , what drivel !!!!!

It’s important to review your blog from time to time.It is crucial to re-examine your posts, sometimes re-post them and sometime actually delete or scrap posts that are out of date.
Keeping your blog freshly pressed is something we often overlook.
Did you know that some people are finding your blog for the first time today. They are reading your posts written maybe three years ago – Do you want this to be the case?

Taking 15 minutes (when you have a coffee break to review your blog can make such a difference )

do it today 15 minutes

Michelle L Hynes LL.B (Hons) DipLP

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