Practice Skills

Imposter syndrome, the idea that your success is down to luck rather than talent, has generated hundreds of column inches in the past few years. Although there has been a growing awareness of...
March 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced many lawyers to work from home, has caused many to reconsider whether they still wish to practice in a traditional law firm or whether a more flexible model...
January 2021
Amid the current pandemic crisis, the impact felt by law firms and their clients has been great; and this pressure has ratcheted up the necessity for law firms to better address their corporate...
December 2020
Lawyers are not known for being particularly quick to innovate, particularly when it comes to client service delivery strategies like alternative fee arrangements or legal project management....
November 2020
When you think of conflict at your law firm work, what comes to mind? Wouldn’t it be great to have a relatively simple model to keep in mind that you could use with any situation? We tend to remember...
September 2020
While the Solicitors’ Practice Rules and the Hong Kong Solicitors’ Guide to Professional Conduct (the “Guide”) provide detailed guidance for litigation solicitors on professional conduct, there is a...
August 2020
If you google "negotiation tricks" you will get more than five million results. False facts, good cop/bad cop, take it or leave it, the twitch, the jet-lag, it's different over here... and...
July 2020
Lawyers as a profession have long been well known as domain experts, client advocates and problem solvers.  However, there is increasing recognition and analysis of the broader core skillsets...
June 2020
Most people understand each other’s positions and often the interests of each other. The hang up can instead relate to other issues such as personalities, values, history and other elements not...
May 2020
Legal tech continues to grow from strength to strength, with funding and acquisitions of legal tech companies at an all-time high – according to Bloomberg Law's analysis, as of Q3 2019, total legal...
April 2020
It has actually been found that speaking to yourself in the second or third person rather than the first person can change your emotional focus. Why is that important? When you find yourself starting...
March 2020
“I just saw an ad and applied to the position but didn’t get the job and I’m not sure I even wanted it.” (Career Paths) “Our managing partner, office manager, and one of our largest rainmakers...
February 2020
Here’s the great thing about habits. They make action almost effortless. When we open our inbox or pull out our phone, for instance, our fingers, mind, and body know exactly what to do. The emails,...
January 2020
Being a successful lawyer requires an elite-level mind. It demands extreme focus, attention to detail, innovative thinking, and the ability to think quickly in the midst of intense stress. Each day,...
December 2019
Effective writing powers society. It provides guidance and instructions, memorialises history, and voices our most personal opinions and feelings. Within the legal community, lawyers obsess over...
November 2019
The information technology is best suited for larger complex cases that are fairly document-intensive, especially as a subset of the documents will need to be reviewed by lawyers’ team who are a...
October 2019
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