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Legal Systems & Skills: Learn, Develop, Apply (4th edn)

Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, Catherine Shephard, and Scott Slorach
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date: 04 December 2023

p. 51717. Understanding clients: individuals and businesseslocked

p. 51717. Understanding clients: individuals and businesseslocked

  • Scott Slorach, Scott SlorachDirector of Learning & Teaching, York Law School, University of York
  • Judith Embley, Judith EmbleyAssociate Professor, University of Law
  • Peter GoodchildPeter Goodchildis Associate Professor and Programme & Student Lead for the GDL and MA Law at the University of Law (Bloomsbury)
  •  and Catherine ShephardCatherine ShephardSenior Lecturer, Manchester Law School, Manchester Metropolitan University


This chapter uses a client case study to explore life events that will require individuals and businesses to have recourse to the law. It also looks at how both individuals and businesses raise money, showing that there are many reasons why individuals and businesses will have recourse to the law. Often the need for legal services is triggered by some form of important life event, such as moving house, divorce, or setting up a business. All life events will have a legal and financial impact on individuals and businesses. Lawyers need to anticipate their clients’ needs in the light of this.

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