What makes a good lawyer?

 I think we’re looking for those skills, we’re looking for problem-solving, we’re looking for analytical skills, we’re looking for being able to produce that advice in a comprehensible, understandable way, I think a good lawyer, firstly, he must have a great deal of knowledge about different areas of law, when you have a good foundation of knowledge of the law, then you use the legal sense to spot the issue and to solve the problem. Another quality of a good lawyer, I think, is good research skills and reading skills.

Because in a real case, usually, in order to prepare a legal strategy, you need to do a great amount of research, in order to find useful information that is helpful to your case, to effectively communicate with a client involves the ability to listen to the clients to know their needs and to know the life support and missing information of their case. So only one lawyer understands the client’s case, then they can develop and encourage, and facilitate the client’s case in a more effective way. I think like a good lawyer that I think are two main aspects, I think, first of all, is to be able to entertain the needs of the clients, and to be able to understand what exactly what they want and to be able to deliver and meet the expectations. At the same time, I think like a good lawyer, in addition to meeting the client’s needs, they also need to be professional in terms of what they do.

And that will, of course, include being compliant with their professional duties as well as their duty towards the course. And I think these two elements together to fulfill will make a good lawyer. Although in cases involving local clients, oral communication is always conducted in Cantonese. But legal English is very relevant when we breed and dropped legal materials. These include, for example, legal documents, contracts, lease deeds, or court pleadings. For example, statement of claims defense, return submissions. And it is also relevant when we read laws, including case laws and statutes. And also, nowadays, legal correspondence is conducted in English. So the ability to write accurately in legal English is very important.

It’s not good enough to be right, legally, you have to present that advice in a way that the client understands it. We certainly have an expression here, don’t tell me what it says. And tell me what it means. And more than that, what it means for me, in my particular circumstances, that’s very important. Another big point that we try and stress is, Who Are You Waiting For now you will witness that’s a lot more than it’s going to be more realistic in time than a lay client or for somebody else, who perhaps doesn’t need that level of detail. I think as a lawyer, I think the surface that will provide to the clients are primarily in the form of written form or in oral form. And communication plays a very important quarter because that’s the lubricants or the facilitation between the two.

The two mediums, namely the client and the void, and English is the most common medium that’s being used to communicate between the client and the lawyer, and having good English communication skills will definitely be helpful in order to maximize the effectiveness of that type of communication. In academic work, you can Discuss multiple possibilities about the law without giving a conclusive answer. But in practice, you cannot just start the law without really advising your client on the strong or weak parts of his case. So I think the most difficult part is how to analyze the case. And to present it in a logical and structural way. There’s a tendency, I think, for junior lawyers to not ask enough questions. I think they have a fear of asking questions, perhaps because they think that they won’t be considered good if they ask too many questions.

We certainly say here that there are no stupid questions. I would much rather anything we always ask him, Have you understood? Is there anything else you want to ask? So we would give them an opportunity. But I think we need to take that opportunity. And I think in terms of the legal, the use of legal English, in today’s legal practices more towards the Simple, Simple English also, it’s not necessarily making it a bit easier, but it’s getting more complex messages being communicated in simpler times. And I think this is what declines especially in the commercial sector, will be keen to see our lawyers be able to deliver quality products, whilst at the same time being pumped to the point. I think law students, can treat every exercise in law school as a practice, to practice their English language. And it is always good to get feedback from their teachers and to talk with their teachers about what they can improve about their work.

I think, for all students, regardless of their years of studies, I think practice is always very important, they should always seize any opportunity to practice English either in writing or in spoken form. And the best way to do is basically to write more, to talk more and just to correspond with lawyers, and even going into the courtroom to kind of see how to boys actually do their job, how to judges dinner for their judgment, I think that’s always a very useful experience to kind of improve their English on an ongoing basis. There seems to be a tendency for junior lawyers to think that they have to sound loyal and to use jargon and legalese. They seem to think that the client isn’t going to accept the quality of the advice unless it’s presented in a very legalistic way or a lawyer’s leeway sounding moral. And I think that’s completely wrong.

I think the reverse is true, that clients prefer advice which is presented in a plain English way. I mean, Simple English. So some of the things we’re dealing with obviously, are complicated. But no matter how complicated they are, you can still break them down. You know, what is it that as lawyers as solicitors, barristers, what is it that we sell, and what we sell is our advice, our advice on product view an as a producer, and manufacturer. So that’s what we sell, and that’s what we’re, we’re judged on.

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