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Work Available For Lawyers: A-G

  Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there is a lot of work available for lawyers in the private sector in Fiji. Closing the 17th Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf
13 Dec 2015 19:23
Work Available For Lawyers: A-G
Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum (fourth from left), with fellow participants of the 17th Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa at Natadola. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there is a lot of work available for lawyers in the private sector in Fiji.

Closing the 17th Attorney-General’s Conference at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa at Natadola yesterday, he encouraged lawyers, especially the young practitioners, to innovate and take advantage of the opportunities.

“You can create that work,” he said.

He said it could be a simple as having a website.

“If you can get into that level of professionalism you will note a lot of work coming through that door. It’s important to understand this.”

He said it was also important to develop relationships such as with Investment Fiji or Film Fiji.

He said in some months five or six film crews came to Fiji to shoot movies.

“They need lawyers. They need accountants,” he said.

“Have you registered with Investment Fiji and Film Fiji? Have you applied for a certificate that says you are an accredited law firm to deal with movie work? There is a lot of work out there.”

He also mentioned drafting legal contracts was another area. There was a lack of local expertise in this area.

He said in Government they saw the level of advice in dealing with contracts.

“It’s in our interest that we get good quality contracts.”

He said the range of topics at the conference from Drones and Open Skies, to Reptiles, Insects and Zoonosis, to Asylum, Refugees and Borders, etc, was designed to open up the people’s mind.

He said someone had asked him whether these topics were part of the law. He said the Law was not only about representing a client in court.

He said lawyers needed to understand the rationale behind the law.

“We need to understand from a human being’s perspective. What are the real issues?”

He used Singapore as a model of what Fiji wanted to become. He said the leaders had a vision.

He also spoke of the Fiji Airways direct service to Singapore beginning in April.

Edited by: Naisa Koroi

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