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A New Lawyer's Guide to Getting it Right the First Time

A New Lawyer's Guide to Getting it Right the First Time

By Susan Marie Hill

It’s like having a senior lawyer sitting in the office next door, ready to answer all your questions 24/7.

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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.

    Features

    • 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

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  • About the author

    Susan Marie Hill LLB, LLM has been a litigation lawyer for more than 30 years. Her primary practice has been in the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales where she is an Accredited Specialist. Susan also holds a Diploma in Life Coaching, and she blends legal expertise with proven coaching techniques, to drill down into the practical side of daily legal work thus making it is easier for new lawyers to engage with, participate in, and flourish in their law careers.

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    ISBN: 9780409353600

    Published: 2020

    Format: Softcover

    Publisher: LexisNexis

  • 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

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