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Complete Guide to Start your Independent Legal Practice

Every year, thousands of law students graduate from law schools across the country with a dream to excel in the legal domain. Majority of lawyers prefer litigation over other careers in law, hoping to establish a successful solo practice.
Written by:
Shivi Gupta
Published on
24-Jul-18

Every year, thousands of law students graduate from law schools across the country with a dream to excel in the legal domain. Majority of lawyers prefer litigation over other careers in law, hoping to establish a successful solo practice.

Having an independent legal practice is beneficial for a lawyer as it provides the required flexibility to a lawyer to discover their expertise. The lawyer is able to take up cases in accordance with their preferred field of law, an option not available while working for a law firm or as in-house legal counsel of a company.

A solo legal practice also gives control over the decisions relating to the business, required to be made by a lawyer. These decisions are related to expanding the legal practice, choosing the court to practice in, the clientele to choose from and the time to be spent on a particular case.

 

However, a lawyer has to keep in mind certain parameters to start an independent legal practice in India. Here’s a complete guide for young lawyers who want to start a solo legal practice in India and lawyers who wish to revive their legal practice in 2017:

  • Take advantage of Technology:  Lawyers must take advantage of the available technology for simplifying redundant and complicated legal tasks. Legal technology companies are providing technology solutions that help in case management, documentation, automated contract formation, matter management, billing and invoicing, and managing case hearings. Legal technology is enabling lawyers manage their practice smartly and more efficiently. Lawyers who wish to establish a successful legal practice must employ technology to expand their reach and have a better understanding of today’s legal requirements of people.
  • Expand Market:  Lawyers must not limit themselves to the court anymore. The present information age requires lawyers to expand their network and have a strong online presence. Lawyers that have an online presence are able to interact with potential client and communicate with them in a better way.
  • Have experienced working staff:  The main action takes place behind the stage! It is important for lawyer to have experienced working staff who understand the legality and sensitivity of a case and are able to assist the lawyer to reduce workload that would otherwise take up lawyer’s billable hours. Legal technology companies that connect lawyers with clients provide experienced case managers and experts who understand a legal case and assist both lawyer and client to deal with the legal problem. Qualified working staff also takes care of the research required to be conducted in a particular case, saving the lawyer’s time and efforts.
  • Build a legal network:  Solo lawyers can improve their legal practice if they build a better legal network. Legal technology companies bring independent lawyer, law firms and clients together, in a wide network where they can communicate freely and transparently.

This is a technology-stirred legal age, in which the legal industry has started to turn in a full business. For lawyers who want to start their independent practice, it is important to treat their practice as a business and incorporate the available tools to expand it.

Technology gives an extra edge to lawyers to create a concrete legal practice and get ahead of their competitors, along with enabling them to provide productive and more efficient customer services to clients. It is important for independent lawyers to incorporate smart measures that not only save their billable hours, but also reduce the efforts required to complete complicated legal tasks.

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