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Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

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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Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter focuses on the economic and financial environment, looking at the basics of economics, financial markets, and the major players within those markets. It examines the fundamentals of money and finance: what money is, how to organise and account for it, and what happens when things go wrong. It also discusses the potential political, social, and economic impact of Brexit.

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Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter focuses on the additional skills needed to embark on a career in practising law. It discusses personal characteristics; team-working; delegation; meetings; client care; networking; marketing; IT skills; and the use of social media. It also considers the meaning of commercial awareness and how this might be explored at interviews.

Chapter

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, 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.

Chapter

This chapter focuses on the additional skills needed to embark on a career in practising law. It discusses personal characteristics; team-working; delegation; meetings; client care; networking; marketing; IT skills; and the use of social media. It also considers the meaning of commercial awareness and how this might be explored at interviews.

Chapter

This chapter focuses on the economic and financial environment, looking at the basics of economics, financial markets, and the major players within those markets. It examines the fundamentals of money and finance: what money is, how to organise and account for it, and what happens when things go wrong. It also discusses the potential political, social, and economic impact of Brexit.

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Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

This chapter discusses the following: the importance of commercial awareness; the main types of business structure, their organisation, and management; the different markets, sectors, and industries in which businesses operate, and the role of consumers within these markets; supply chains from business to consumer; and the impact of competition within different markets.

Book

Scott Slorach, Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

Legal Systems & Skills provides essential knowledge and skills for underpinning legal studies, providing a foundation for graduate employability both within and outside the legal service profession. It develops students’ understanding in three core areas: legal systems, legal skills, and professional development and commercial awareness. The first part of the book looks at legal systems, sources of law, legislation, case law, and legal services. The next part considers how to read and understand law, legal research, problem solving, communication, and writing and drafting. The final part examines employability skills, business, economics and finance, law firms, and clients.

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This chapter discusses the following: the importance of commercial awareness; the main types of business structure, their organisation, and management; the different markets, sectors, and industries in which businesses operate, and the role of consumers within these markets; supply chains from business to consumer; and the impact of competition within different markets.

Book

Judith Embley, Peter Goodchild, and Catherine Shephard

Edited by Scott Slorach

Legal Systems & Skills provides essential knowledge and skills for underpinning legal studies, providing a foundation for graduate employability both within and outside the legal service profession. It develops students’' understanding in three core areas: legal systems, legal skills, and professional development and commercial awareness. The first part of the book looks at legal systems, sources of law, legislation, case law, and legal services and ethics. The next part considers, in the context of academia and practice, how to read and understand law, legal research, problem solving, oral communication and presentations, client interviews and meetings, negotiation and mediation, mooting, advocacy and criminal advocacy competitions, and writing and drafting. The final part examines employability skills, commercial awareness, business, economics and finance, law firms, and clients.