But just as we expand our abilities and knowledge, our clients’ needs and expectations morph too – becoming more complex and sophisticated year after year. It’s a tricky plate-spinning act that’s tough to get right.
To help you out, we’ve filled this cheat sheet with 5 critical skills every lawyer needs in their toolkit as we head into 2022.
1. Preparing concise and visually persuasive contracts
For years, drafting contracts involved using convoluted phrasing and ambiguous wording.
Whether you’re new to the legal profession or a seasoned professional, chances are you aren’t utilising every drafting tool available in the lawyer’s toolkit.
2. Mediating with grace and empathy
Every day, more and more lawyers are realising that mediation is an invaluable complementary skill across almost all specialisations.
Mediation is especially useful in the areas of family law and wills and estates. Where relationships and the law intersect, the stress of the court room is compounded by the strain it places on interpersonal relationships.
Compared to litigation, mediation is a quicker, cheaper and less stressful resolution process that helps parties take control of the outcomes and avoid court.
Although balancing your obligations to your client and the law is never easy, you can take steps to improve your skills in legal ethics – and protect your reputation in the process.
5. Reaching comprise with adept negotiation
Skillful negotiation is an essential tool in every lawyer’s arsenal.
From crafting adaptable strategies, working through deadlocks and managing conflict, the art of negotiation is multifaceted.
Your ultimate goal is to arrive at the most beneficial compromise for your client. This means building rapport, collecting information, gaining leverage and controlling the agenda – placing your client on a solid path to success.