Top Communication Tips when using a Lawyer 

1st July 2024

At Castrikum Adams Legal, we pride ourselves on clear communication that our clients can easily understand, free from unnecessary legal jargon. Effective communication and collaboration are essential for navigating legal challenges successfully. Below are some additional tips that you can follow to ensure a seamless service with your lawyer. 


 1. Be Prepared and Organised

Before meeting with your lawyer, gather all relevant documents, including contracts, correspondence, and financial records. Having everything in order saves time and allows your lawyer to focus on strategising rather than gathering information.  


2. Designate a Point of Contact

To streamline communication, designate one person from your party to liaise with your lawyer. Clear communication channels prevent misunderstandings and ensure prompt responses to queries and updates. 


 3. Set Clear Objectives and Deadlines

Clearly define your objectives and communicate them to your lawyer. Tie deadlines to your business needs to help prioritise tasks effectively. This clarity ensures everyone is working towards the same goals. 

 Example: In a mediation process, specify whether you are looking for a quick settlement or willing to take more time for a potentially better outcome.  


 4. Keep Your Lawyer Informed

 Regularly update your lawyer on developments relevant to your case or business. This can be as simple as forwarding important emails or scheduling regular calls to discuss progress. Disclosing all relevant information can help your lawyer provide the most accurate advice and develop effective strategies.  

Example: In a consumer law case, disclose any previous complaints or actions taken regarding the dispute, even if they were unsuccessful.  


5. Understand and Review Billing

Review your lawyer’s invoices regularly. Understand the billing structure and don’t hesitate to ask questions about charges. Clear communication about costs helps manage your budget and avoids surprises. 


6. Leverage Their Expertise and Network

Your lawyer is more than a legal advisor; they can offer valuable insights and connections. Tap into their expertise and network for referrals, strategic advice, or introductions to potential business partners.  

Example: Castrikum Adams Legal regularly collaborates with CA Construction Management to provide strategic advice and facilitate valuable business connections. 


7. Communicate Effectively

During discussions and document exchanges, focus on understanding all aspects clearly. Ask for clarification if needed and ensure you relay all relevant facts. Effective communication minimises misunderstandings and maximises efficiency. 


8. Follow Your Lawyer’s Advice

Trust your lawyer and follow their recommendations. Your lawyer has the knowledge and experience to guide you through legal complexities and avoid pitfalls.  

For example: If your lawyer advises against a particular action, such as speaking directly to an opposing party, it’s important to heed this advice to avoid jeopardising your case.  


9. Provide Feedback and Address Concerns 

Openly discuss any concerns or feedback you have with your lawyer. Constructive feedback helps improve the quality of service and ensures your expectations are met throughout your legal engagement.   


Implementing these guidelines can enhance collaboration with your lawyer, contributing to stronger legal strategies and more favourable outcomes. Open communication and transparency help your lawyer provide the best possible service.  

 For legal assistance or to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at (02) 6687 1167. Our experienced team handles a wide range of matters, from complex property disputes to consumer law cases, and is dedicated to supporting you throughout your legal journey.