How to write a client memo

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  1. Eamon

    Eamon Active Member

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    Alot of people are having/going to have assessment centres. Whilst it's not really possible to prepare for the written exercises, it seems a lot of them involve writing a client memo.

    I was wondering what is the best way to structure a client memo? I'm still slightly confused as to what the purpose of a memo is! If any trainees/vac schemers have done any, think their opinions could be really useful!
    Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.

    I've had a search and it doesn't seem as if this has been discussed before! Apologies if it has!
     
  2. Jessica Booker

    Jessica Booker Legendary Member
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    Conciseness and structure
    Clarify any ambiguous elements or what the clients might not know/or understand
    Focus on advice/actions
     
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  3. Jaysen

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    Don't worry about this for an AC, but just for reference - a law firm's template memo might begin something like this:

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    (Copied from here: https://info.legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/pdf/perspec/1999-fall/1999-fall-11.pdf).

    If it's a report/a summary of some legal research, you might want to ask yourself: What is the purpose of this memo? What is the best way to lay out the information (e.g. clear subheadings/a summary of your findings at the beginning)?
     
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  4. AJ

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    From experience the structure is key, especially if you are then asked to present on the memo. It will be easier to use as a presentation tool if you have structured it well, and the headings act as a guide to your presentation.
     
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