For many lawyers, writing complex contracts that only the initiated can understand is a point of pride. But for the non-lawyers whose lives and finances are affected by these contracts, this can be a major problem. They may not be able to understand the contract and may not have the resources to hire a lawyer to interpret it for them. However, a new generation of legal thinkers and designers are challenging this status quo and working to make contracts more understandable and accessible to non-lawyers.
Australian lawyers specialising in transactional work are, according to legal recruiters, the most in-demand by overseas head-hunters looking to fill global talent shortages. The pay both domestically and overseas is high and demand for graduate jobs in top-tier commercial firms is fierce. Law students should learn as much as they can about the different fields of practice before they make important career choices. Why don’t law schools teach more transactional lawyering?
Check out Dr Umair Ghori’s latest article in The Conversation! With the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) warning consumers of huge price hikes ahead, further calls for the federal government to pull its so-called “gas trigger” seem inevitable. But, as Dr Ghori warns, that could be a BIG mistake!