Susan Humble explains why you should keep a consistent paper trail demonstrating careful due diligence 

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). 

Lawyers relish going where there is no path. It makes our work exciting, creative and strategic. 

Leaving a paper trail is less invigorating but has never been more important. 

That trail may be electronic rather than printed. There will be metadata underpinning the trail and existing until the end of days.

Evidence-based decision-making is critical in the world of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Standards and Regulations 2019. 

Rationally, we understand the importance of making a detailed note of what we do as soon as practical. 

Emotionally, i...

Susan Humble
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