What advice you would give to young lawyers today? Interview with Kate Gaskell, LexisNexis’ Director of Transformation

What advice you would give to young lawyers today? Interview with Kate Gaskell, LexisNexis’ Director of Transformation


What advice would you give to your younger self? What key skills do young lawyers of today need? What tips can you give to help lawyers achieve their best? 

LexisNexis’ Director of Transformation Kate Gaskell recently gave a speech at Legal Cheek’s LegalEd Con 2020 conference, which was held virtually this year. In an interview with Legal Cheek before her speech (which can be found here), Kate gave her thoughts on the skills required to be a successful 21st century lawyer, and on the future of the legal industry. 

We caught up with her to find out more about these topics and her role within LexisNexis. Kate has worked at LexisNexis since 2011, and in her nine years at the company, she has worked as a PSL, and as Head of LexisPSL Finance Group, before progressing to her current role, where she implements transformation projects for LexisNexis. I started by asking Kate to expand on one particular topic she spoke about at Legal Cheek:


In your opinion, what key skills do young lawyers of today need?


Legal technical skills: ‘I spoke at Legal Cheek about three essential skills. The first one was legal technical skills - so a good understanding of the black letter law, an ability to problem-solve, technical grasp of legal issues and being able to do legal research really well - that’s really the foundation of any lawyer’s practice.’ The enduring importance of that first particular skill was something that Kate stressed: ‘I don’t think that skill goes away even as your career advances - you will always need to do some element of legal research, and interrogate technical legal points of law.’

Business Knowledge: ‘I think that providers of legal services need to demonstrate to their clients that they are more than just a provider of legal services - that they are a true

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Violet is an editor at LexisNexis, with previous experience in both the legal sector and in journalism. She graduated in 2019 with an English and French degree, and now commissions case analysis content across 35 practice areas for LexisPSL. She has a particular interest in writing about international trade, and environmental law.