Attention to Detail for Lawyers


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Accuracy and attention to detail are critical for all organisations, from ensuring there are no financial consequences of errors made, through to maintaining the highest levels of service standards for informed clients and customers. When lawyers draft contracts, a single word in the wrong place can change the emphasis of a clause and possibly the outcome for your client. A lawyer is expected to have a thorough, accurate and meticulous approach to their work.

This workshop is for anyone who needs to produce high quality, accurate work in their role; training delegates to verify information carefully the first time, limiting the need to check and recheck. Fortunately, attention to detail is a learned skill and it is one that you can definitely cultivate!


  • Explore the most common types of errors at work and what causes us to make them
  • How to model the beliefs and behaviours of the most accurate people
  • Understanding your personality type and how this will influence the types of errors you might typically make
  • A range of tools and techniques to help you to:
  • Enhance your concentration and focus
  • Improve your brain/eye co-ordination and visual skills
  • Transfer or copy data more accurately (written and verbal)
  • Check work to a high standard and proofread details such as punctuation, numerical data, names, addresses etc.
  • Discover tools to work more effectively and accurately, generating better results in terms of your own performance and ultimately saving time and money for your organisation


Below is an example of the course content. The content can be ‘tailored’ to meet the exact requirements of the client.

Skill Set Required
  • What are the skills and qualities required of a successful lawyer?
  • Where do analytical skills and attention to detail come in?
  • How to detect when someone lacks attention to detail?
  • Identify the barriers to having ‘excellent attention to detail’
Improving Your Attention
  • The overview and context of managing work assignments
  • How does work get done in organisations?
  • How to initiate a task using a work assignment process
Planning When Managing Work Tasks
  • Learn how to integrate a scope, work structure and management plan, in tasks
  • Identify the initial resource requirements and task durations
  • Recognise the risk techniques that affect work assignments, deadlines and priorities
  • How to communicate appropriately in response to the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘how’, and ‘why’
  • Understand the importance of quality planning in work assignments that can often result in poor attention to detail and accuracy
Setting Priorities and Deadlines in the Work Schedule to Support Attention to Detail
  • How to establish task priorities by planning
  • How to plan for time management, meeting deadlines and scheduling
  • Identify how to integrate functions into a final work plan
  • The use of effective work status and review meetings
  • Understand how to track project deadlines and priorities by using various techniques
  • Identify how to ensure that tasks are completed in their entirety and in a timely manner
  • Managing interruptions
  • How technology can work for you
  • Advantages and disadvantages of various types of technology
  • Maintaining focus while chaos is going on around you
  • Understand how interruptions cause you to lose attention
  • Handling interruptions professionally with damage limitation to your work
  • Handling ‘drop-in’ colleagues
  • Saying “no” more assertively and effectively
Principles of Prioritising
  • Efficiency vs. effectiveness – working SMARTER and not HARDER
  • The 80:20 rule
  • Prime Time
  • ABC’s
  • The concept of back planning
Personal Time Management
  • Are your habits causing you to have a lack of attention to detail?
  • Managing the daily hassles
  • The procrastinator
  • Poor delegations
  • How to use effective delegation to save time
  • Knowing when, how and who to delegate tasks to
  • Why failing to delegate is a common mistake often made by managers
  • The disorganised
  • The mushrooms
Dealing with Stress
  • What is stress?
  • Spotting the symptoms of stress
  • Identify the sources of stress at work
  • Planning to deal with your own stress so you can focus on the tasks at hand
  • Your thoughts and responses to stress
  • Getting in ‘touch’ with your feelings
  • Understanding how your feelings affect your behaviour
  • Taking ‘control’ of your emotions
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