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Legal Eagles Offer Timely Advice To Society

Legal Eagles Offer Timely  Advice To Society
Fiji Law Society president Laurel Vaurasi, chairperson of the Singapore International Mediation Centre George Lim, and lawyer Mohammed Afzal Khan during the Fiji Law Society Convention at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa in Natadola on September 7, 2018. Photo: Fonua Talei
September 08
11:00 2018

Lawyers have been encour­aged to be adaptable and agile to ensure they re­main relevant in the future.

Speaking at the Fiji Law Soci­ety Convention yesterday as a panel member, Consultant and Fiji Mediation Centre chairper­son Jenny Seeto told lawyers to embrace technology and look at the benefits it brought to their practice.

She spoke on the topic “The Rel­evant Lawyer: the future of the legal Profession”.

“How do we develop our young lawyers to give them an enrich­ing experience?” Ms Seeto asked participants.

“Young people nowadays want to work with organisations that are progressive who are good in IT and who have a social con­science.


“To ensure that you are fit for the rapid changing world I sug­gest you develop a leadership de­velopment framework.”

AP Legal principal lawyer Ar­mish Pal said motivation was an issue that young lawyers were facing.

He said it impacted younger practitioners on how well they were able to grow.

“Younger lawyers desire to do well, but they lack the motiva­tion,” Mr Pal said.

He also said clients today were more knowledgeable in legal terms and were technology sav­vy.

“The solution is to be more in­volved with clients,” he said.

Though technology plays an integral part in communication today and firms communicate with clients on various social media platforms, Mr Pal said they were aiming to eliminate communication via viber.

“We are trying to eliminate communication on social media like viber because it is a lot more casual than what it is supposed to be,” he said.

Former Fiji Law Society presi­dent Mr Chen Bunn Young chal­lenged fellow lawyers to look outwardly and fulfil their re­sponsibility in society.

“Take care of those who are faceless because they cannot af­ford lawyers from big firms,” Mr Young said.

He suggested that lawyers set up an organisation where people who could not afford legal exper­tise from larger firms could go and get assistance, which could be a way of them serving the lo­cal population.

International Bar Association chairman Claudio Visco chaired the first session while panel members including Ms Seeto, Mr Nand, Munro Leys Partner Richard Naidu and former Soci­ety president Mr Young.

Edited by Percy Kean


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