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Young lawyer in the City


Mourning the death of the billable hour, learning more about e-discovery and enjoying a reception in one of New York’s finest buildings were among LIV Young Lawyers’ president Lucy Terracall’s highlights from the American Bar Association’s annual conference.

Speaking to the LIJ after attending the August conference in New York, Ms Terracall said the death of the billable hour attracted lively debate and highlighted the pitfalls of the current system.

“This issue is very relevant to young lawyers, who often leave the profession because they find the timekeeping too onerous and difficult to do,” she said.

Electronic discovery of documents was another valuable session as it provided practical tips for dealing with requests for electronic discovery, an issue which was likely to affect Australian lawyers in the future, she said.

Ms Terracall, who works in Clayton Utz’s insurance and commercial litigation practice, divided her time at the conference between sessions relating to young lawyers and those which touched on insurance law.

She received funding from the LIV and her employer to attend the week-long event, which included a black tie dinner for young lawyers which was “like attending the Oscars”.


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