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BAND 5 - EXPERT *

BAND 5 - EXPERT *

Band 5 legal specialists are justifiably known as leaders in the relevant area of legal specialisation. They have created their own individual approaches to handling cases and their self-monitoring skills are highly developed resulting in good judgment and high levels of client trust in this area.

Band 5 legal specialists are justifiably known as leaders in the relevant area of legal specialisation. They have created their own individual approaches to handling cases and their self-monitoring skills are highly developed resulting in good judgment and high levels of client trust in this area.

●   Tacit knowledge is deep and their ability to execute strategies effectively and efficiently sets them apart from less expert specialists.

 

●   Can be highly innovative because they assess issues at a deep conceptual level which allows for more flexibility on the details.

 

●   Able to handle complex legal problems without experiencing heavy cognitive load which permits greater awareness and efficiency.

 

●   Particularly good at dealing with - and, insofar as it’s possible, anticipating - unpredictable situations.

 

●   Confidently take responsibility for the carriage of important and challenging matters.

 

●   Can remain at this level of expertise for the remainder of their careers depending on the opportunities available to gain more experience harnessing the power of their higher-level intuitive capabilities.

●   Tacit knowledge is deep and their ability to execute strategies effectively and efficiently sets them apart from less expert specialists.

 

●   Can be highly innovative because they assess issues at a deep conceptual level which allows for more flexibility on the details.

 

●   Able to handle complex legal problems without experiencing heavy cognitive load which permits greater awareness and efficiency.

 

●   Particularly good at dealing with - and, insofar as it’s possible, anticipating - unpredictable situations.

 

●   Confidently take responsibility for the carriage of important and challenging matters.

 

●   Can remain at this level of expertise for the remainder of their careers depending on the opportunities available to gain more experience harnessing the power of their higher-level intuitive capabilities.

In traditional contexts, Band 5 legal specialists fit the description of true experts in almost every aspect of their work. They are invariably highly regarded by their peers. Their judgment is accepted as being very sound, both in terms of specificity and reliability. They can perform challenging tasks with a sense of ease and often an unusual economy of effort. They can also deal effectively with certain types of rare or "tough" cases. This can sometimes reflect deep specialist knowledge derived from extensive experience within highly-specific subdomains of the relevant area of law.

 

The identifiers, performance traits and intuitive responses of Band 5 legal specialists include: Their unlaboured reasoning and (often as a reflection of their sound judgment) refusals to offer opinions when they feel they have insufficient information to do so; their ability to identify key issues easily, to avoid irrelevant and low-quality options, to ignore superficial short-cuts, and to engage in efficient and effective synthesis of issues; their effective integration of intuition and analytical reasoning; their extensive self-monitoring skills; and, their ability to restrict deliberative doubt. Many of these cognitive skills reflect deep indexing in Long Term Memory and a robust and dependable Working Memory capable of effectively handling complex legal problems.

In traditional contexts, Band 5 legal specialists fit the description of true experts in almost every aspect of their work. They are invariably highly regarded by their peers. Their judgment is accepted as being very sound, both in terms of specificity and reliability. They can perform challenging tasks with a sense of ease and often an unusual economy of effort. They can also deal effectively with certain types of rare or "tough" cases. This can sometimes reflect deep specialist knowledge derived from extensive experience within highly-specific subdomains of the relevant area of law.

 

The identifiers, performance traits and intuitive responses of Band 5 legal specialists include: Their unlaboured reasoning and (often as a reflection of their sound judgment) refusals to offer opinions when they feel they have insufficient information to do so; their ability to identify key issues easily, to avoid irrelevant and low-quality options, to ignore superficial short-cuts, and to engage in efficient and effective synthesis of issues; their effective integration of intuition and analytical reasoning; their extensive self-monitoring skills; and, their ability to restrict deliberative doubt. Many of these cognitive skills reflect deep indexing in Long Term Memory and a robust and dependable Working Memory capable of effectively handling complex legal problems.

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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.