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The complexities of being a good lawyer

With changes to CPD, compliance specialists have a golden opportunity to develop the skill sets those around them need, explains Tracey Calvert

22 December 2016

Being a good lawyer in 2016 requires so much more than simply having skills in a particular area of law and providing services which are not negligent. Of course this must happen, but we are required to demonstrate a number of additional traits in order to please our regulator, the ombudsman, our clients, and all the other interested parties watching us and the profession.

Demonstrating ethical awareness, being a team player, having business acumen, good communication skills and being a ‘people person’, doing the number work, plus an understanding of legal and regulatory standards are all necessary attributes of a good modern lawyer. Not so much to ask, really!

The clues about this need to display such a diverse variety of skills is clear from a study of SRA requirements. Principle 8 started the ball-rolling in 2011 with phrases like running your business, proper management, sound fi...

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