What they don't teach you at law school: Macfarlanes' Charles Martin on collaboration
Macfarlanes senior partner Charles Martin argues that team working is more important than ever for commercial lawyers
The overwhelming focus of legal training is about developing individual knowledge and technical skills. Yet the nature of our profession’s work today, certainly at larger firms, is about cooperating to deliver a service and advice to a client in a way that no one individual lawyer could ever deliver by themselves. In other words, it is about collaborating. Despite the importance of collaboration, little thought or attention is given to it until you arrive at a law firm and have to adapt the skills that you learned in other ways (team sports, voluntary work or class assignments, for example) to a new purpose.
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