Senior Associate, Insurance Litigation
Bachelor of Laws, The University of Hong Kong
My first Deacons Encounter
Joining the firm as a Vacation Student
I chose Deacons because of its people. The lawyers at Deacons are deeply passionate about their work and have a strong work ethic.
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I am actively involved in all stages of a litigation case. I interview witnesses and collect evidence; draft pleadings and correspondence; review documents; meet with counsel and clients; advise clients on the merit of the case; attend court hearings; and negotiate settlement.
I have always been interested in litigation. I enjoy applying what I learnt in law school to real-life cases. I worked in the Insurance Litigation team as a vacation student. This gave me the opportunity to get to know the lawyers in the team and I was inspired by their commitment towards their work. Ever since, I have hoped to join the team!
Every work day is different. Sometimes, I spend the entire day drafting a piece of long advice. Sometimes, I attend a court hearing or mediation. I get to interact with people from very diverse background. Work is never boring!
Working on a high-value case involving complicated insurance policy issues and multiple parties.
I have been given more responsibilities over the years. As a trainee, I was usually given piecemeal research and drafting work. After getting qualified, I was assigned to work on individual cases and became actively involved in all the stages of a court case. My supervisor closely monitored my work and gave me very valuable feedback. It was like taking a few baby steps at a time. As I have gained more experience over the years, I am now able to work on a case independently.
Apart from the core legal work that forms the bulk of my job, I have also been given the opportunities to take up other tasks, such as supervising the legal assistants and trainees, and participating in marketing activities such as giving seminars and drafting newsletters to clients.
I try to look at the situation as objectively as possible and identify what exactly is causing me to feel stressed. I then come up with a detailed plan for resolving the problem. For example, a particular task can seem daunting because the people involved are intimidating, or because it has a very tight deadline. It is important to understand what is really making me feel stressed before I can come up with a solution.
Another thing I always do is to make sure that I have enough rest the day before. Having a good night’s sleep is crucial!
Listen to a podcast or read SCMP on my way to work
Check emails and draft replies to urgent emails
Draft advice to client
Go jogging or swimming
Review files and prepare for meeting with witnesses and counsel
Attend meeting with witnesses and counsel
Return phone calls
Review correspondence drafted by legal assistant
Go through inbox and reply emails
Prepare to-do list for the next work day
Dinner with friends
Became senior associate at Deacons
Won my first case (that I had worked on from the start)
Admitted as a solicitor
Started training contract at Deacons
Graduated from law school
Joined Deacons as a vacation student