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BAND 2 - DEVELOPING *

BAND 2 - DEVELOPING *

Band 2 legal specialists are in the early stages of specialisation in the relevant area of law, but their technical legal knowledge is beginning to increase rapidly. They are improving their understanding of how to address client concerns and needs in the area.

Band 2 legal specialists are in the early stages of specialisation in the relevant area of law, but their technical legal knowledge is beginning to increase rapidly. They are improving their understanding of how to address client concerns and needs in the area.

●   May already be recognised as specialists in this area of law both within and outside their firm.

 

●   Starting to develop effective self-monitoring skills but not yet gained a reliable intuitive “feel” for issues in the area.

 

●   Can understand straightforward cases and follow broader directions than Band 1 specialists.

 

●   Useful contributors to team deliberations, although their judgment in this area of law is still underdeveloped.

●   May already be recognised as specialists in this area of law both within and outside their firm.

 

●   Starting to develop effective self-monitoring skills but not yet gained a reliable intuitive “feel” for issues in the area.

 

●   Can understand straightforward cases and follow broader directions than Band 1 specialists.

 

●   Useful contributors to team deliberations, although their judgment in this area of law is still underdeveloped.

Band 2 legal specialists align most closely with the traditional description of an initiate. They are professionals who have advanced from being mere novices and are typically receiving a more detailed introduction - and ideally close instruction - in the relevant area of law. Band 2 legal specialists are sometimes assessed as being at an intermediate level, although this may only reflect a comparison with beginners. Higher levels of legal specialists (Bands 3 and 4) are generally more usefully characterised as intermediate lawyers.

Band 2 legal specialists align most closely with the traditional description of an initiate. They are professionals who have advanced from being mere novices and are typically receiving a more detailed introduction - and ideally close instruction - in the relevant area of law. Band 2 legal specialists are sometimes assessed as being at an intermediate level, although this may only reflect a comparison with beginners. Higher levels of legal specialists (Bands 3 and 4) are generally more usefully characterised as intermediate lawyers.

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* NOTES

 

1. This ratings band description is not a definitive statement of how any individual lawyer actually thinks. Rather, it is provided as a descriptive approximation of the cognitive profiles of legal specialists at a defined stage of their development as measured on the Meisterline Index rating scale.

 

2. This ratings band description highlights only those cognitive traits and abilities most evident at the midpoint of this ratings band. Lower and higher ratings within this band imply a blurring of traits and abilities with those legal specialists in immediately lower and immediately higher bands, respectively. While a number of legal specialists may, by virtue of their individual expertise ratings, be assessed to be within this ratings band, those individuals with a higher (or a lower) rating in that band can be assumed to possess more of the cognitive traits of legal specialists in the next band up (or down). These blending dynamics are discussed on a lawyer-by-lawyer basis in the Intra-Band Analysis provided in our individual Meisterline Index Development Reports.

 

3. This ratings band description only applies to the area of law for which the lawyer in question has been assessed. It does not indicate how that lawyer might think in other areas of legal specialization (separate assessments can be undertaken for them) or in more general contexts. It is entirely possible, and to be expected, that a lawyer will receive different ratings for different areas of law.

 

4. This ratings band description ignores traditional position titles and any capabilities a lawyer may have relevant to other aspects of legal practice, such as their management ability, client service skills or business-development potential. The focus of the Meisterline Index is solely on a legal practitioner’s cognitive development (in terms of so-called technical or ‘hard’ skills) within a given area of legal specialization.

* NOTES

 

1. This ratings band description is not a definitive statement of how any individual lawyer actually thinks. Rather, it is provided as a descriptive approximation of the cognitive profiles of legal specialists at a defined stage of their development as measured on the Meisterline Index rating scale.

 

2. This ratings band description highlights only those cognitive traits and abilities most evident at the midpoint of this ratings band. Lower and higher ratings within this band imply a blurring of traits and abilities with those legal specialists in immediately lower and immediately higher bands, respectively. While a number of legal specialists may, by virtue of their individual expertise ratings, be assessed to be within this ratings band, those individuals with a higher (or a lower) rating in that band can be assumed to possess more of the cognitive traits of legal specialists in the next band up (or down). These blending dynamics are discussed on a lawyer-by-lawyer basis in the Intra-Band Analysis provided in our individual Meisterline Index Development Reports.

 

3. This ratings band description only applies to the area of law for which the lawyer in question has been assessed. It does not indicate how that lawyer might think in other areas of legal specialization (separate assessments can be undertaken for them) or in more general contexts. It is entirely possible, and to be expected, that a lawyer will receive different ratings for different areas of law.

 

4. This ratings band description ignores traditional position titles and any capabilities a lawyer may have relevant to other aspects of legal practice, such as their management ability, client service skills or business-development potential. The focus of the Meisterline Index is solely on a legal practitioner’s cognitive development (in terms of so-called technical or ‘hard’ skills) within a given area of legal specialization.