A New Lawyer’s Guide to Getting it Right the First Time
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Drawing upon her more than 30 years’ experience as a specialist lawyer, Susan Marie Hill draws uses proven coaching techniques to break down into practical, clear, step-by-step processes the ‘bottom-line basics’ of the daily work of a new lawyer.
Learn essential day-to-day skills that they can’t teach you in law school (even if they wanted to).
Boost your performance with access to straightforward strategies in an easy-to-follow format.
Take control of your results by using practical self-assessment quizzes to assess, measure and monitor your own performance.
• modelled on proven coaching techniques
• includes a detailed series of daily tasks and step-by-step processes to provide graduate lawyers expert guidance for the early years of legal practice
• Dal Pont, Lawyer Discipline
• Glissan, Advocacy in Practice 7th ed
Table of contents
- Chapter 1 How to eliminate early awkward moments – who’s who and firm formalities
- Chapter 2 The tyranny of timesheets – Why they need to be at the top of your list, how to fill them out and ways to make them easy to manage
- Chapter 3 Budgets, Billing and Bottom Lines – your keys to conquering the 3BusinessBadBoys
- Chapter 4 How to get better at managing competing priorities and clashing deadlines
- Chapter 5 The 5 Essential First Steps you need to take when you’re assigned to a new client matter (and the 3 Most Avoidable Errors)
- Chapter 6 Effective court appearances Phase 1– the 3 essential steps you must take before you take a step out of your office
- Chapter 7 Effective court appearances Phase 2 – the 3 Golden Rules for getting to Court without making the 5 Basic Beginner Blunders
- Chapter 8 Effective court appearances Phase 3 – the 5 most common courtroom slip ups to avoid
- Chapter 9 Effective court appearances Phase 4- back to your office for 5 Final Finishing Touches
- Chapter 10 Breaking through the Barrister Barriers - Part 1 – Unjumbling the jargon: seniors, juniors and everything in between
- Chapter 11 Breaking through the Barrister Barriers - Part 2 – Top tips for proficient brief preparation, even when you’ve never done it before
- Chapter 12 Breaking through the Barrister Barriers - Part 3 – The hidden keys to correctly co-ordinating a conference
- Chapter 13 Breaking through the Barrister Barriers - Part 4 – In the room: your guide to competent conferencing
- Chapter 14 Breaking through the Barrister Barriers - Part 5 – The 10 most useful tips you’ll ever get for instructing a barrister in court
- Chapter 15 Client meetings, court appearances & conferences – common ‘behind the scenes’ mistakes & how to avoid them
- Chapter 16 Client communications so effective they won’t even notice that you’re new
- Chapter 17 Mastering management of client meetings (even if it’s your first one)
- Chapter 18 Not waving, drowning – coping with the challenges of matter overload
- Chapter 19 How to handle client inquiries professionally and effectively (even if they don’t like what you’re telling them)
- Chapter 20 Feedback – friend or foe? The choice is yours!
- Chapter 21 Coming down to earth by bursting beginner bubbles
- Chapter 22 The devil is in the detail – how to tell when enough is (or isn’t) enough
- Chapter 23 Taking instructions from your client – Part 1: How to take the lead so that you find out what you need to know
- Chapter 24 Taking instructions from your client – Part 2: Making sure you get the full story
- Chapter 25 Taking instructions from your client – Part 3: How to ask the right questions
- Chapter 26 The sounds of silence – are you doing too much of the talking?
- Chapter 27 Facts, facts and more facts – how to question your way past assumptions
- Chapter 28 The graduate lawyer’s paradox - how to get better results more quickly by slowing down
- Chapter 29 Why lawyers can’t wait for the ducks to line up – how to handle your workload
- Chapter 30 Deadlines – how to manage them effectively so that you can sleep at night