What makes a good lawyer?

one of the things I like about the

program at CityU and indeed at the other

providers now it's very skills based

training and I think we're looking for

those skills we're looking for them

solving were looking for analytical

skills were looking for being able to

produce that advice in a comprehensible

understandable way I think a good lawyer

firstly he must have a great deal

knowledge about different areas of law

when you have a good foundation of

knowledge of law then you use the legal

sense to spot the issue and to solve the

problem another quality of a good lawyer

I think is good research skills and

reading skills because in a real case

usually in order to prepare a legal

strategy you need to do a great amount

of research in order to find useful

informations that is helpful to your

case to effectively communicate with the

client involves the ability to listen to

the clients to know their needs and to

know the blind spot and missing

information of their case so only one

lawyer understands the client's case

then they can develop and encourage and

to facilitate the client's case in a

more effective way I think that's a good

lawyer that I think per two main aspects

I think first of all is to be able to

entertain the needs of the clients and

to be able to understand what exactly

what they want and to be able to deliver

and meet the expectations the same time

I think as a good lawyer in addition to

meeting the clients needs they also need

to be professional in terms of what they

do and that we of course include to be

compliant with the professional duties

as well as their duty towards the course

and I think these two elements together

if fulfilled will make a good lawyer

although in cases involving local

clients the oral communication are

always conducted in Cantonese but legal

English is very relevant when we freed

and dropped legal materials these

include for example legal documents

contracts lease the or court pleadings

for example statement of planes defense

through ten submissions and it is also

relevant when we read laws including

case laws and statutes and also nowadays

legal correspondents are conducted in

English mainly so the ability to write

accurately with legal English is very

important it's not good enough to be

right legally you have to present that

advice in a way that the client

understands it and we certainly have an

expression here and don't tell me what

it says and tell me what it means and

more more than that what it means for me

in my particular circumstances that's

very important and other big points that

we try and stresses who are you writing

for know your witness and if that's

another lawyer then it's going to be

more realistic in tone than al a client


somebody else who perhaps doesn't need

that level of legally playing in it and

I think as a lawyer I think the the

surface that we provide to your declines

are primarily in the form of written

form or in the oral form and and

communication plays a very important

part because that's have the

deliberations or the facilitation

between the two the two mediums namely

the crime to add the void and English is

the the most common medium that's been

used to communicate between the client

and the vendor lawyer and having good

English communication skills will

definitely be helpful in order to

maximize the effectiveness of that


in our next academic work you can

discuss multiple possibilities about the

law without giving a conclusive answer

but in practice you cannot just cite the

law without really and advising your

client on the strong or weak part of his

case so I think the most difficult part

is to how to analyze the case and to

prevent it in a logical and structural

way there's a tendency I think Virginia

lawyers to not ask enough questions I

think they have a fear of asking

questions perhaps because they think

that they won't be considered good if

they ask you know too many questions we

certainly say here that there are no

stupid questions I would much rather and

we always ask you to have your other

food is there anything else you want to

ask so we would give them an opportunity

but I think they need to take that

opportunity and I think in terms of the

legal the use of legal English in

today's legal practices more towards the

simple a simple English and so it's not

necessarily making it a bit easier but

it's kind of getting more complex

messages being communicated in simpler

terms and I think this is what declines

especially in the commercial sector

would be kind of keen to see our lawyers

be able to deliver had quality products

whilst at the same time being kept to

the point

I think for law students they can treat

every exercise in law school as a

practice to practice their English

language and it is always good to get

feedback from their teachers and to talk

with their teachers what they can

improve about their work I think in term

for all students regardless of their

years of the studies I think that

practice is always very important they

should always seize any opportunity to

practice their English either in writing

or any kind of spoken for and the best

way to do is basically to write more to

talk more and just to correspond with

lawyers and even go into the courtroom

to Cassie how did lawyers actually do

the job how to judge us deliver their

judgement I think that's always very

useful experience um to kind of improve

their English on an ongoing basis seems

to be a tendency for junior lawyers to

think that they have to sound loyally

and to use jargon and legalese they seem

to think that the client isn't going to

accept the quality of the advice unless

it's presented in a very legalistic way

or a loyally way sound and morally and I

think that's completely wrong I think

the the reverse is true if clients

prefer advice which is presented in a

plain English way I don't mean simple

English some of the things we're dealing

with obviously are complicated but no

matter how complicated they are you can

still break them down you know what is

it that as as lawyers as solicitors or

barristers what is it that we sell and

what we sell is is our advice our advice

is our product if you want to view as as

a as a as a producer a manufacturer so

that's what we sell and that's what

we're we're judged on definitely