Lawyers provide advice, write documents and conduct negotiations on legal matters, and may represent clients in court and tribunal proceedings. They are described as solicitors or barristers, depending on the work they do.
Duties & Tasks
Lawyers may perform the following tasks:interview clients to determine the nature of problems, and recommend and undertake appropriate legal action
prepare cases for court by conducting investigations, undertaking research, arranging witness preparation and attendance, and giving notice of court actions
represent clients in court
manage conveyancing and other property matters by preparing contracts of sale, mortgage documents, lease documents and other documents relating to the transfer of land and buildings
prepare and critically review contracts between parties
provide advice on family law, company law, partnerships, commercial law and trusts
act as trustee or guardian
act as executor of clients' wills
The distinction between solicitors and barristers varies from state to state. In NSW, Victoria and Queensland, lawyers practise as either a solicitor or a barrister. In the ACT, the NT, SA, Tasmania and WA, the work of barristers and solicitors is usually combined, with many lawyers describing themselves as a 'barrister and solicitor'.
good oral and written communication skills
able to understand, analyse and use facts quickly and logically
able to work under pressure and deal with a variety of people
integrity and good character.