Hello! I am Tessa Shepperson, an English lawyer, and I specialise in residential landlord and tenant law.
You have reached my blog. This is where I write about residential landlord and tenant law and practice, and anything else connected (and sometimes not connected!) with my ‘niche’. The sorts of things I write about are:
- News and comment
- Tips and how to posts
- Reviews of relevant books and services
- Urban Myths
- History of land law (not as boring as you would think)
- Legal case reviews, and
- Anything else I think will be relevant and interesting
You can read my blog by clicking the home link in the orange navigation bar above.
So far as my legal work is concerned, I do this via my Landlord Law website service www.landlordlaw.co.uk. This is a subscription service (although with quite a lot of free content) where members pay to access content, such as my tenancy agreements and eviction notices. There is also a members discussion forum where members can ask me questions.
You can see my Landlord Law service via the Landlord Law link above.
As you have come here via twitter, you may be interested to read my ‘twitterview‘ with American law consultant Lance Godard:
Today we’re tweeting w/ UK solicitor @tessashepperson, who specializes in residential landlord and tenant law
1. @tessashepperson thank you for joining us today on Twitter. Tell us: who is @tessashepperson?
Thank you for twitterviewing me! Who am I? Solicitor, wife, mother, blogger, author, Dr Who fan, the list is endless
2. Tell us about your law practice.
I am a sole practitioner, and work through my website service www.landlordlaw.co.uk – a 1:many service
3. What type of clients do you represent?
Mostly private residential landlords, some tenants and letting agents, occasionally other solicitors too
4. What is the single most important legal issue affecting those clients?
Hard to single out one issue. The credit crunch has affected us here, as it has everywhere, & caused problems eg with rent
5. That’s understandable. What do you tell every new client before you start working for them?
As I practice via the internet I rarely meet clients face to face. I send them my standard ‘client care’ email
6. Interesting; I hadn’t thought about that. Tell us about one of more significant client representations you’ve had.
Alas I have had no big cases. However I am a trail blazer in the delivery of legal services via the internet
7. Why do your clients hire you?
Because I really understand my niche. Although I do less casework now, the subscription service is more important
8. What’s the most active area of your practice at the current time? Is that typical?
Just now I’m doing a lot of writing, blogging, talks at landlord events & wkg towards a web-site upgrade. Fairly typical
9. You offer legal info via subscription for landlords & tenants. What are benefits of this model for clients?
a 1:many service is more efficient than 1:1, so it is less expensive. I help people do to things for themselves
10. How do you market that practice?
A few ads, writing articles for relevant journals, my blog , twitter, but most people seem to find me through Google
11. How do you describe what you do to people you meet at networking events?
I run an online legal information service for residential landlords and tenants
12. You blog at Landlord Law Blog (http://bit.ly/qLRGh). Who is it written for? Why should they read it?
I started it 3-4 years ago as somewhere I could comment on issues + I thought it wd be fun. Readers can learn a bit & ask Qs
13. Interactive approach (like service). What’s the general sentiment in the UK regarding lawyers using social media?
I recently mentioned Linkedin at a lawyers mtg & got asked if it was an online dating site! A few eg @BrianInkster get it
14. Wow. What specific impact on referrals and/or client engagements have you realized from Web 2.0 activities?
Blog: My stats show that many visitors come to my website from my blog & it has helped raise my profile. Twitter: its early days
15. How much time do you spend each day developing / enhancing your brand?
My husband tells me, too much! But it is always in my mind, say 25/7?
16. 25/8? A lot of time either way…. What is the most significant issue currently facing the legal profession?
In England we have a new Legal Services Act. But above that I think the internet/web 2 will have a profound effect
17. What will the legal landscape look like in 10 years?
People will expect to do business online as a matter of course. Most legal sources will be freely available online, but …
… people won’t understand it so will still need us. More work than lawyers now care to think about will be commoditised
18. Interesting. What would you do if you weren’t a lawyer?
I really enjoy writing so would probably have ended up as some kind of writer.
19. How do you want to be remembered?
An innovator who pioneered the online delivery of legal services for ordinary people
20. What do you do when you’re not working?
I enjoy reading detective novels, cooking, watching Doctor Who, and spending time with my lovely family
21. What advice can you pass along to lawyers currently under- or unemployed due to the economic crisis?
Decide what you really want from life, then work out how to achieve it. There is usually a way, you just have to find it
22. And our final question for you: what advice do you have for people going to law school today?
Try to get some wk experience in a law office first, if you find you enjoy law, then go for it, otherwise do something else
That’s valuable advice to close this interesting twitterview. Thanks so much for staying up late to tweet with us!
It was a pleasure! Best wishes from across the pond!