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Authors

Julie McFarlane

Abstract

Extract:

Legal practice is showing signs of the evolution of a new professional identity for lawyers which is responsive to new dispute resolution processes with an emphasis on just and strategic settlement. In an era of ‘vanishing trials’ — we know that between 95–98 per cent of civil claims end in a negotiated outcome short of a full trial — and sweeping civil justice reforms in both civil and family matters, effective negotiation and settlement skills are becoming increasingly central to the practice of law.

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