Practice Skills

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
Richard Bates’ inspired takedown of the use of the “and/or” construct when drafting legal documents in last month’s issue of Hong Kong Lawyer prompted me to submit a short column of my own...
October 2017
A good test for why a word or phrase is considered legalese is that lawyers tend to use it in legal documents but would never dream of using it in normal conversation. The term and/or ...
September 2017
In the last issue, we provided tips on “writing processes”. In this issue, we take a closer look at “writing products”. Over the years, lawyers’ writing products have earned themselves a reputation...
July 2017
It is no secret that solicitors in Hong Kong are under increasing time pressure from clients to provide accurate, succinct, affordable and easy-to-follow advice on highly complex legal issues. This...
June 2017
Chris Jensen, Founder, Legal Writing Coach Emails are the most common form of legal writing, but they can often lead to trouble. Here are 10 tips for good email etiquette. 1. DON’T hit...
September 2015