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Students given practical guide to civil litigation

Hong Kong, 17 December 2021: Colin Cohen drew on 40 years’ experience in the law when he delivered a lecture to legal scholars at the University of Hong Kong this week.

In his talk entitled “Pitfalls in Civil Litigation”, Colin highlighted the difficulties and stumbling blocks which young lawyers may encounter as they take their first steps in the profession. His presentation included topics such as know your client and anti-money laundering, client confidentiality, meeting deadlines, drafting statements and trial matters.

“In any profession, the transfer from study room to workplace involves a steep learning curve, and this is especially so in the legal profession where conduct and standards must be exemplary,” said Colin, co-founder of Boase Cohen & Collins in 1985 and Senior Partner since 2004.

“This presentation was intended to give the students a practical guide to staying at the top of your game and giving your client the best possible representation in civil litigation matters. In short, young lawyers should always be prepared to seek advice from more experienced colleagues and never think they are clever enough to do everything by themselves. The reputation of the firm is paramount.”

Colin delivered his talk to students on HKU’s Postgraduate Certificate in Laws course. He has a long association with the university, having taught there prior to forming BC&C, and he retains a role as Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Professional Legal Education.

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