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Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 technology  research  practice

A Practice Tip

  • Practice

Who?

Who could help me with this?

One of the biggest mistakes a lawyer can make is not asking for help.

Help can mean many things.

It can mean getting advice on a file. Many lawyers the mistake of going it alone, only to realize too late that turning to another lawyer for guidance would be the best course of action.

Help can be about forming a relationship with a senior lawyer in your practice area for support and guidance. I recently connected a junior lawyer seeking to develop a new practice area with a senior lawyer from a small firm. They are writing articles together now, and the senior lawyer is providing some valuable mentorship.

Sometimes help is getting external support on a practice challenge.  It might be that you want to improve work efficiency, or you want to get better at business development, or you are wondering if it is time to make a transition to a different firm or practice. Whatever the challenge, getting confidential assistance is the quickest path forward.  The Law Society practice advisors are there to answer your questions, and there are specialized lawyer coaches available to provide guidance.

Don’t go it alone. Whether it is simple advice on how to deal with managing clients expectations or a complex practice challenge, don’t take too long to get help. I frequently hear – I wish I had contacted you sooner – and I never hear I wish I hadn’t asked for help.

Allison Wolf (@thelawyercoach)

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