Ten things that I wish I knew when I started out in the law
1. It is not always possible to predict clients’ legal problems before they sit down.
2. Unlike a doctor, having a heartbeat is not the only qualification to look for in a potential client. Mutual respect is desirable.
3. “Do nothing” can be the best advice to resolve a legal issue.
4. Rule 1: Read the file before asking your boss a question. Rule 2: See Rule 1.
5. There can be a gap between what clients want you to do and what is in their best interests.
6. It is human nature for people to value legal advice more if they pay for it. It is more likely that they will accept and act upon it.
7. Other people's problems are easy; your own are baffling.
8. Legal moves can attract reactions try to think what they may be in advance.
9. Never look back at a closed file as you may see a problem that would otherwise have resolved itself.
10. Never answer the office telephone at 4.59 pm on Friday.
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