Sometimes I forget

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Sometimes I forget that the other person working on a file with me is a beginner.

I made the same wrong assumption I have observed in other senior lawyers.

I assumed the person delegated with a task knew how to do it without checking with that person.

I asked a junior colleague to review company secretarial documents for legal due diligence.

“It is an easy part of the legal due diligence and this person should be able to do it easily. This colleague has done it before for other partners,” I thought.

Wrong assumption.

This colleague has not reviewed company secretarial documents before.

It was a good thing that my colleague clarified with me before starting work, which allowed me to see the gap between that person’s knowledge and the instructions I had given.

It is by having an open communication that a team can work together effectively.

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This post was first posted on Linkedin on 2 May 2021.

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