Legal practitioners challenged to provide best service to clients

Adi Koila Nailatikau (left) and Wylie Clarke speaks at the Fiji Law Society - International Bar Association Conference in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

LEGAL practitioners who attended the Fiji Law Society-International Bar Association conference in Nadi over the weekend were challenged to ensure they provided the best possible service to local clients before inviting business from international clients.

Chief guest President Major General (Ret’d) Joji Konrote said it was important to get the basics right before taking their business to the next level.

“Yes, the idea of developing and extending your practice to a particular yet unchartered area like “Foreign Direct Investment —– the Role of Lawyers” which you will learn about on Friday, may be a daunting task, but I pivot for a moment to ask you this,” he said.

“Review your current positions as legal practitioners, as officers of the courts, as key stakeholders in the process of the administration of justice.

“How close are you in reaching the standards of excellence in the application of the noble tenets of your profession, beginning with your ethical duties to the court and your clients?

“How much value do you actually place in the fiduciary duty you must fulfil to the court and to your clients?

“Are you delivering your services in accordance with the standards of competence and diligence required of you?

“From the perspective of the practice of law, these are the ‘small tasks’ you must accomplish and treat as ‘great and noble’ first and foremost.

“I would urge you to carefully glean what you can from the esteemed speakers that will be presenting to you over the course of the next two days, particularly on these foundational requirements before venturing to the more formidable question of whether you should venture out into new areas of practice that cross international borders.”

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