Thursday, April 16, 2009

the house that jack built

Being in a firm that does 99% construction matters, I have been fortunate to learn the deeper insights of contractual law and technicalities of building construction.

But that's just that.
Being said that, I miss involving in other legal scopes, and I still wonder about other issues.
I still gape for answers if random laymen ask me random questions like probate, family law or even sometimes, corporate and conveyancing.

More often than not, my reply would be in general idea, or rather in the spirit of legal common sense, to what I have learnt before. (ahh university education helps hah) Why, even my mother had stopped giving me (sometimes absurd) legal scenarios of 'what ifs', for I suspect she gets tired of the generality of my answers.

But you know, the best degree is by experience.
And I have sort of limited myself.
In three years of PQE that is.
(Baru tiga tahun, oowiee?) but all I know revolves around contractors per se.

To some its purely rubbish, when you're a lawyer everyone expects you to become Jack of All Trades. But I can only tell Phua Chu Kangs and Chu Bengs' cases, but not Rosie and Margarets' issues.

usual clients (big boss in boots) and family

So when a friend of mine asked why (or how) did I get involve, I told her its pure fate (rather than luck).

Me, having convinced (by now I know I was dead wrong) that all firms are the same, I set foot in my chambering firm JUST because it would be convenient for me pool a ride with my Mother daily, whose office is just three blocks away.
And so there I started doing construction matters.
And even when I was called to the bar, I got myself cluelessly into this construction firm.

So there. Sigh.

I feel left out. And scared.
Intimidated by all the Jacks of All Trade out there, in this house only Jack built.


Amicus Curiae 16 April 2009 at 14:40:00 GMT+8  
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midnight blue eyed 16 April 2009 at 15:49:00 GMT+8  

ur fated to what you could do, but its entirely ur choice to do what you want.

you can always opt out aite?

Caffeine Addict 16 April 2009 at 23:40:00 GMT+8  

yo babe,
I used to have the same kind of thinking, but i finally realize that as a lawyer the most important thing is not how much you know (as in the substance), but your ability to identify the right issues on dot and provide the best legal options/solutions for your client. it's the skills that hard to acquire.
the substance tu... seumur hidup pun tak habis belajar. yang penting you know where to find it ;p

construction is great.
i'm doing loads of land matters,
find another lawyer whose good in planning law, in 5 years time we could specialized in land development and construction industry.

Amicus Curiae 17 April 2009 at 17:33:00 GMT+8  

thanks ayu.

so ayu harrison & co still on la ni?
(waiting for the third partner yg nak pursue oxford to re-join practice. ahh bliss!)

i agree, happens that most queries of law are oft general ones, but it doesn't help making me feel well-equipped. u know what i mean..

Caffeine Addict 17 April 2009 at 21:36:00 GMT+8  

cross your finger and keeps on praying hard my dear,
it might really really come true,
but for now, let me too equip myself with necessary skills and knowledge

Amicus Curiae 19 April 2009 at 23:45:00 GMT+8  

:D wah expert joining!
ameen ameen ameen ya rabbal alamin!

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