Legal Practice in Australia

A handy guide for young lawyers to understand and navigate through the initial years of practice

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Book:Paperback
ISBN/ISSN: 9780409356601
Release Date: October 12, 2022
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Legal Practice is an essential guide for Law Students, PLT Students and first year lawyers who are about to set forth on their journey to pursue legal practice. This essential guide covers all of the relevant and practical topics in legal practice and provides some handy hints and very useful precedents used in the day to day practice of law. From setting up files, taking file notes to appearing in court, the book is a hands-on practical guide that is easy to use and understand. It will become an essential reference in your resource collection and guide through your legal practice journey.

Features

• A step-by -step guide with practical examples for easy understanding
• Handy hints
• Checklists

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• Cobrett-Jarvis & Grigg, Effective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide, 3rd ed, 2021
• Esparraga, Ethical Legal Practice and Professional Conduct, 2019

 

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Table of contents


  • Chapter 1:

  •     Introduction

  • Chapter 2:

  •     The Basics

  •     File layout

  •     Instruction Sheets

  •     File notes

  •     Telephone notes

  • Chapter 3:

  •     Dealing with the client

  •     Taking Instructions

  •     Client Interview

  •     Interview Techniques

  •     Managing Expectations

  • Chapter 4:

  •     Letters of Advice

  •     Plain English

  •     Cover yourself

  •     Set out the retainer

  •     Example Letter

  • Chapter 5:

  •     Legal Costs

  •     An overview

  •     Setting out costs with the client

  •     Costs Agreement

  •     Disclosure Statements

  •     Time recording

  • Chapter 6:

  •     The Rules

  •     Duties of Representation

  •     Communication

  •     Competence and Care

  •     Confidentiality

  •     Conflict of Interest

  • Chapter 7:

  •     Dealing with other practitioners

  •     Correspondence

  •     Without prejudice

  •     Undertakings

  •     Reaching agreement

  • Chapter 8:

  •     Attending & Appearing in Court

  •     Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

  •     Know the Rules

  •     Court procedure

  •     Listen to the Bench

  •     Think on your feet

  • Chapter 9:

  •     Counsel

  •     Briefing Counsel

  •     Drawing the brief and memorandum

  •     Communicating with Counsel

  •     Instructing in Court

  • Chapter 10:

  •     Putting it all together

  •     Technology in practice

  •     Conclusion

  •     Useful resources