WHAT IS THE ROLE OF THE LITIGATOR? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU RAISE A RHETORICAL QUESTION ON TWITTER..
There was much serious material being discussed at the Legal Futures Civil Litigation Conference yesterday. As best I could I was tweeting observations from the day. I tweeted the rhetorical question asked by Luke Tucker Harrison “What is the role of the litigator?” As ever the Tweeters of the law had some interesting observations.
To win the client’s case, despite the best efforts of the client to prevent that from happening.
To achieve resolution….one way or another
To bring to the litigation the expertise, experience, insight and detachment that the individual would ideally have, but can’t realistically be expected to. To obtain the best outcome at the minimum cost (in the widest sense of the words). And to limit the collateral damage.
To solve the clients concern as quickly and as cheaply as possible. Became a go to men to settle.
To keep my clients out of court!
To assist the lay client so that they are fully advised and aware of their options, to take their instructions (so long as they are reasonable) and pursue their case on their instructions to the best of you ability and ideally to a successful conclusion, advising along the way
to get the best realistically achievable outcome. This is a balance of result, cost, and sometimes other factors.
An existential question? I litigate therefore I am.
To resolve a dispute.