Lawyers need contracts because it’s not an easy profession.
But for those who work in it, they may find it challenging to navigate the rules and regulations that govern it.
Lawyers need a contract to protect their clients from bad decisions and to protect them from the consequences of their actions.
Contract lawyers must agree to terms that are fair and reasonable and to limit the amount of time they can be paid.
That’s not always easy.
Key points: It’s not easy to negotiate a contract with lawyers and many won’t agree to it They say it’s important to have a contract, but contract lawyers are often wary of the terms Some contract lawyers say a lawyer’s job is to defend their clients against bad decisions.
They can be critical of their clients, say some, and say they have to work harder than other professionals to ensure clients are protected.
But they can also be very understanding of the needs of their own clients and, like any profession, they must be prepared to negotiate and to negotiate in good faith.
‘A lot of time I’d go home and be, ‘What are you doing?”
They don’t think it’s going to work, they think it’ll get worse’ There are many lawyers who work as contract lawyers, and many of them don’t agree with their own lawyer or work with lawyers who do.
“If I go home after a contract is negotiated, I’m not going to sleep well at night,” one lawyer told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Dr Dermot O’Leary.
“I’ll go and write down what the lawyer said, what I think they did and I’ll go back and see what the law says and I can get it changed.”
But for those lawyers who are lawyers, it’s an important part of their job.
They need to make sure their clients are fully protected from any future actions they may take, says lawyer Louise Cottrell.
“I think if you don’t have a written contract with the lawyer, you’re not really protecting them,” she says.
“It’s a lot of times the lawyers I’ve worked with in this field are not always going to agree to anything.”
‘If I had to work overtime, I’d probably do it myself’ Another lawyer told Dr Dymot O”You’re always trying to negotiate to protect your client, but if you get a little bit of a bad call in the morning, you’ll go home, take a nap and go to sleep and you’ll wake up with the same issue,” she said.
A lawyer with over 20 years experience, who works with clients from all over the world, told Dr O’Reilly contract lawyers were often very supportive of their work.
“They’ll sit you down and they’ll say, ‘We think this is a good way to do it, it might be a good thing to do’,” she said of lawyers.
It can be difficult to get contracts, but the lawyer says the most important part is to be aware of what they are agreeing to and to keep the contract as short as possible.
“There’s a very small amount of detail that you need to put in your contract that’s going, ‘Yes, this is what I’m agreeing to, this’s what I would like to see, this will protect me’,” she says