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BAND 4 - PROFICIENT *

BAND 4 - PROFICIENT *

Band 4 legal specialists are able to work autonomously and inventively with minimal supervision within their specialist area of law. Traditionally, lawyers are promoted to partnership at this level of cognitive development, although not immediately and not always.

Band 4 legal specialists are able to work autonomously and inventively with minimal supervision within their specialist area of law. Traditionally, lawyers are promoted to partnership at this level of cognitive development, although not immediately and not always.

●   Tacit knowledge about how to get things done is substantial.

 

●   Very familiar with the idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of this area of law, in both strategic and tactical senses.

 

●   May already be trusted with sign-off responsibility (either formal or de facto) owing to their well-developed judgment and growing sophistication with more complex matters in the area.

 

●   Intuitive abilities are still underdeveloped in relative terms, and over-confidence can be an issue.

 

●   Strong conceptual abilities make them open and readily adaptive to changing scenarios.

 

●   Can remain within this ratings band for the remainder of their career as further cognitive development depends on increasingly challenging work not always available to lawyers at this level.

●   Tacit knowledge about how to get things done is substantial.

 

●   Very familiar with the idiosyncrasies and peculiarities of this area of law, in both strategic and tactical senses.

 

●   May already be trusted with sign-off responsibility (either formal or de facto) owing to their well-developed judgment and growing sophistication with more complex matters in the area.

 

●   Intuitive abilities are still underdeveloped in relative terms, and over-confidence can be an issue.

 

●   Strong conceptual abilities make them open and readily adaptive to changing scenarios.

 

●   Can remain within this ratings band for the remainder of their career as further cognitive development depends on increasingly challenging work not always available to lawyers at this level.

Band 4 legal specialists typically fit the traditional definition of a journeyman, or a skilled professional who can work unsupervised though working under orders of a higher-level expert or master. These lawyers usually have reputations as experienced and reliable legal specialists in the relevant area of law. In a cognitive sense, a Band 4 description most often indicates legal specialists at the senior associate, special counsel and junior partner level. However, different firms have different thresholds that lawyers must meet to be promoted to these roles, so titles alone are not always reliable indicators of specialist legal skills in a purely cognitive or technical sense.

 

Band 4 lawyers are generally very competent legal specialists but they can sometimes suffer from cognitive inefficiencies during the synthesis of legal issues in Working Memory. This can take the form of limited self-monitoring and, for some individuals, a tendency to guess at outcomes and 'blurt out' their responses. Lawyers at this level are skilled at identifying and executing analytical shortcuts which can be both an advantage and problematic, especially as work pressures and responsibilities increase. However, most of these traits can be effectively corrected with experience, training and mentoring, and higher-rated Band 4 specialists can be generally assumed to have addressed any such concerns.

Band 4 legal specialists typically fit the traditional definition of a journeyman, or a skilled professional who can work unsupervised though working under orders of a higher-level expert or master. These lawyers usually have reputations as experienced and reliable legal specialists in the relevant area of law. In a cognitive sense, a Band 4 description most often indicates legal specialists at the senior associate, special counsel and junior partner level. However, different firms have different thresholds that lawyers must meet to be promoted to these roles, so titles alone are not always reliable indicators of specialist legal skills in a purely cognitive or technical sense.

 

Band 4 lawyers are generally very competent legal specialists but they can sometimes suffer from cognitive inefficiencies during the synthesis of legal issues in Working Memory. This can take the form of limited self-monitoring and, for some individuals, a tendency to guess at outcomes and 'blurt out' their responses. Lawyers at this level are skilled at identifying and executing analytical shortcuts which can be both an advantage and problematic, especially as work pressures and responsibilities increase. However, most of these traits can be effectively corrected with experience, training and mentoring, and higher-rated Band 4 specialists can be generally assumed to have addressed any such concerns.

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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.