Practice Skills

Lawyers historically have a bad rap and are commonly accused of focusing on money, politics or complex legal challenges, usually anything but the person. However unbiased these vicious slanders may...
September 2019
Recent news reports are replete with declarations about how the new ABCD technologies (artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cloud and data) have and will change the services industry, from...
August 2019
To tell you the truth, there are no magic ingredients for drafting an effective commercial agreement. Lawyers cannot just simply add certain ingredients or follow certain steps to come up with a...
July 2019
You probably know the awkward situation at conferences when most people are there to play a round of “who can collect the most business cards”? As a wise professional, that shouldn’t be your game. It...
June 2019
Generally, the importance of personal branding is knowing who you are, what you stand for, your professional strengths and what clients can expect when they hire you. What is often overlooked,...
May 2019
What Leadership Messages Are You Sending? Whether you are a managing partner or practice head, act like you are on stage at all times… because you are! Everything you do and say will send messages...
April 2019
The lawyer-client relationship is a partnership. The lawyer uses legal skills to help a client solve problems and the client cooperates by providing vital information and making decisions about the...
March 2019
The practice of law, like many other fields, is characterised by an overwhelming volume of data and by the speed at which that data is accumulating. The data is fragmented and complex – coming...
January 2019
The legal profession is generally slow to adopt innovation. However, there are some exciting developments led by the US and UK which have had some initial successes in Germany and Singapore; and...
December 2018
By David Curle, Director of the Technology and Innovation Platform, Thomson Reuters It seems that every time you turn around these days, someone is discussing artificial intelligence (AI) and how...
October 2018
As a lawyer, you can – and should – be using LinkedIn better. Here’s how. Everyone talks about LinkedIn as if it magically pulls clients and referrals out of thin air. But for many time-pressed...
September 2018
Maximising resources, increasing revenue, elevating the firm’s presence: these are constant challenges law firms face today. While the legal industry has traditionally been snail paced in keeping up...
August 2018
Facilitation is likely one the most powerful and effective skills to assist others (individuals or a group) to arrive at their own conclusion. Facilitation empowers stakeholders to actively...
July 2018
Which industry sectors and growth areas in Hong Kong are seeing the hottest demand for legal talent in 2018-2019? And what’s the best way to hire and retain top legal talent? Marta Verderosa, Manager...
June 2018
Often, people tend to categorise those who appear to be dominant and stubborn as “strong” or “good” negotiators and assume that it is impossible to reach any agreement with such persons. Some may...
April 2018
The volume of electronically stored information (‘ESI’) kept by businesses and individuals is growing exponentially as storage costs plummet, while the types of ESI and velocities at which they are...
March 2018
The success of any legal career depends, in no small part, on the ability to communicate arguments and ideas persuasively and with impact. Advocacy is crucial not only in court or arbitral...
February 2018
The practice of law demands that a lawyer knows the law (at least in the jurisdictions and the practice areas in which he specialises). But increasingly clients expect their lawyers to know and...
January 2018
Effective legal writing cuts through the noise and legalese, avoids long descriptions and overworked narratives, and gets to the point. It grabs the reader’s attention and holds onto it. Lawyers have...
December 2017
When people mention the dirty word “legalese”, they usually mean poor style – the biggest problem in legal writing. Before we entered law school, our writing style was like anyone else’s. When we...
November 2017