Conference Skills

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Oxford University Press, 2010 - Interviewing in law practice - 248 pages
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Designed to guide the junior practitioner through the often daunting experience of undertaking client conferences, Conference Skills equips students with the essential key case-work, written and interpersonal skills necessary to conduct successful client conferences. Particular focus is placedon the interpersonal skills of questioning, listening, and advising, ensuring that trainee barristers are able to develop and refine the skills necessary to maximize the benefits of a conference, both in terms of gathering information from, and giving advice to, their clients. Featuring numerous how-to-do-it guides, worked examples, and realistic case documentation throughout the manual offers practical, step-by-step guidance on the effective preparation, implementation and conclusion of client conferences ensuring that the trainee barrister can approach any clientconference with confidence. Full guidance is also provided on managing legal issues, and developing the social and professional skills needed to handle clients and their legal problems. Specifically designed for use on the Bar Professional Training Course, Conference Skills is also a useful source of reference for junior practitioners in the early years of practice.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction and overview
1
2 General principles
11
3 The client
23
4 Meeting the clientconducting the conference
39
5 Case preparation
54
6 Questioning techniques
95
7 Advice
136
8 Concluding the conference
160
10 Specific client needs
184
11 Crosscultural communication
196
12 How to judge an effective conference
202
13 Practitioners perspective
208
14 Sample exercise
215
Further reading
221
Index
223
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9 Specific ethical problems
168

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This manual is edited by Marcus Soanes, Barrister, Principal Lecturer, The City Law School.

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