The lawyer-client relationship can at times be difficult when both parties have different understandings of the problem at hand and different expectations as to how to best solve the problem.
The most common issue between technology lawyers and their clients is clear communication. For a technology lawyer to help you with your matter, whether it is preparing a suite of legal documents for your business or representing you in a court matter, communicating clearly about the issue and being honest and transparent will help ensure your lawyer does their job properly. For example, in a contract negotiation, lack of clear communication from the client about what the client really wants or needs means that negotiation between your lawyer and the other side’s lawyer may be prolonged, resulting in higher fees for you, the client. In order to make your technology lawyer’s life a little bit easier, it is important that clients provide all information to lawyers as well as keep them updated on any changes to their business.
Another issue is a failure on the part of the client to understand the needs of the business, or incorrectly identifying them. If from the start, the client understands their business needs then it is easier for a lawyer to draft documents that reflect these needs, rather than get into trivial arguments about issues that are not that important for the agreement at hand. It is this understanding of business needs that is crucial to the success of the client-lawyer relationship. If you are a new business owner, your technology lawyer can help you understand the key issues faced by your industry and the specific legal issues pertaining to your business. Technology lawyers can help you understand issues such as cybersecurity, intellectual property, data privacy, and compliance. Understanding how these issues affect your business is essential to ensuring your business’ success. By understanding your business needs, technology lawyers can work quickly and efficiently to help your business achieve its goals.
One way to help foster a great lawyer-client relationship and help your technology lawyer is to take an active approach to learning about the different legal issues affecting your business. Just like your technology lawyer takes the time to learn about your business and industry, you as the client should also take the opportunity to learn about the law and how it affects your business. For example, government websites have information on legal essentials for business which you can always read to better understand the law before asking your lawyer to explain it to you.
Working with a technology lawyer requires a proactive approach to understanding not only your business but also the law that affects your business and the wider industry it operates in. By communicating clearly, understanding your business needs, and taking an active approach to learning about legal issues, you can help solve your technology lawyers’ problems and ensure a great working relationship.
If you are in need of a technology lawyer, Arnotts Technology Lawyers can assist you with all of your legal needs for your tech business. Contact us today or call us on 1800 749 294.