Finding good legal counsel is easy if you know what qualities to look out for. There are particular qualities that make in-house legal counsel highly sought after and a valuable resource for businesses.
In this article, we are going to dive into the qualities that you should expect from legal counsel. These qualities include analytical skills, an understanding of the relevant industry, the ability to communicate to a large audience and being approachable.
Author: Farrah Motley, Director of Prosper Law and an experienced in-house legal counsel.
Analytical skills are an important quality for in-house legal counsel
It’s important to note that analytical skills are essential to being a good lawyer.
Your attorney will need to be able to analyse your case and look at all of the different angles as you work through any issues together. Analytical skills also allow in-house lawyers to predict outcomes based on certain circumstances, which can be helpful in planning how best to proceed with your case.
A good in-house lawyer has insight into different industries
Your legal counsel should be able to give you an understanding of the issues that are specific to your industry.
For example, if you are a business owner in the medical industry, they should have knowledge of how medical practice works and what kind of legal issues may arise in this industry. A lawyer that works within a business should understand how other businesses do things differently, and how those differences could affect their clients’ businesses.
The ability to communicate the legal advice to a large audience
It is important for a lawyer to be able to communicate legal advice to a large audience. Whether it’s someone who works in a retail shop or a CEO, everyone should be able to understand the advice that has been given.
Using plain language is a key quality for legal counsel. Being able to explain the law in simple, easy-to-understand terms is important to ensure that the business takes the right steps. A legal counsel can only do their job effectively by explaining how the law applies to situations that the business faces.
When communicating any information about a legal matter, lawyers should use clear language that everyone understands without getting too technical. It is also important to avoid using jargon that only lawyers would understand.
Good listening skills also play an important role in the relationship between lawyer and client. This is because they allow the attorney to gather all relevant information from their client without missing anything out. A good listener will ensure that there are no misunderstandings on either side. Misunderstanding can lead to more money being spent later on down the line if something goes wrong.
A quality legal counsel will address any misunderstandings as soon as possible.
Legal counsel should be approachable
It is important to find a legal counsel who is approachable. This means that the person should welcome questions from the business and have an attitude that aims to help the business solve its problems.
A lawyer who listens, understands and responds effectively will give the business confidence to make decisions. It is also important for any in-house legal team that they are seen to be a business partner. By being a business partner, the legal team is not a ‘tick-box’, but instead plays a meaningful role in contributing to the success of the business.
On the other hand, if legal counsel are not approachable, this can deter staff from seeking out legal help.
As a business owner, you have to make the most of your time and resources. Legal counsel can help you by providing solutions to avoid problems in the future. And importantly, hiring legal counsel can greatly reduce costs. This is because the business does not have to hire expensive lawyers that may not understand how their business works.
You should look for someone who has these qualities to ensure that they will be able to provide you with the best in-house legal advice possible.
How can Prosper Law Help?
Prosper Law is a law firm that provides Australian businesses with help from a qualified legal counsel. We offer legal counsel retainers. This helps businesses get much needed legal advice without the expensive hourly rate.
If you are an Australian business that is seeking to use a lawyer on retainer, contact our team to find out how we can help.
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