The type of work I was involved in was high value claims arising out of shareholders disputes, partnership disputes, breach of contract claims and warranty disputes. Typically, due to the size of the cases and the complexity of the issues I would have between 3 to 4 main live cases at any one time.
My days would involve meetings with clients, drafting letters and witness statements, reviewing documents and statements of case, conferences with Counsel, meeting with experts and attending court.
There is no typical day, litigation can bring with it unexpected challenges, and you have to be responsive to your clients’ needs. The day you spend in the office is very rarely the day you had planned at the start of the day. I can remember one Friday, on returning to my office after lunch, I received a phone call from a client who wanted to make an urgent application to court. The application was made over the telephone at 10.30 that evening (once the judge had got home from dinner), and I was still advising the client on the telephone at 1.00 the following morning as I drove home from work.
A very large part of the life of a commercial litigator is project management. You have to co-ordinate the client, counsel, witnesses and experts to make sure that all the deadlines for each step of the litigation are met. You need to be extremely well organised to balance the needs of each client and to keep them happy.