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Developing a career in commercial litigation

Junior litigators must be skilled at juggling multiple deadlines and have a keen eye for both the details of a case and the bigger picture, writes Emily Detheridge

10 December 2015

There is no typical day in the life of a commercial litigator: each case is different and new, bringing
its own distinct set of facts.
A commercial litigator needs to be able to apply the law to that set of facts, evaluate the merits (or otherwise) of a claim, advise clients on their position, and help them resolve the dispute.

In some cases, disputes are resolved by negotiation before court proceedings are issued. If they are not resolved by negotiation, then they will be concluded through alternative dispute resolution methods (such as mediation or arbitration) or through court litigation, or usually by some combination of the two.

There is no denying that practising commercial litigation can be stressful. Urgent instructions from clients and compliance with court rules and deadlines can mean long hours, and clients can be demanding - after all, even commercial disputes can result in matters becom...

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