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The latest ‘must have’ for junior lawyers is sector experience

Benjamin Fraser on why clients are increasing their demand for industry-specific knowledge

7 June 2016

There is a common misconception that junior lawyers are merely required to work long hours and just deal with paperwork, when in fact they are also encouraged to get involved in business development activities such as attending networking events and building useful business relationships that could one day lead to winning clients and a promotion to partner. It is increasingly important to gain such experience and skills to progress in an ever more challenging and competitive legal world.

The latest 'must have' for junior lawyers is sector experience; the best way for lawyers to provide added value is by understanding the sectors their clients operate in to provide seamless, commercial legal advice without practice area barriers.

Good lawyers need to understand the practice areas that may be involved on a deal and should have the ability to effortlessly lead a cross-departmental team so that the client does not notice the traditional split up of practice areas...

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