BTC/108/2015 - In search of the perfect report. Article for Arboriculture Australia’s The Bark (Winter 2015)
Writing legal reports is probably the most challenging aspect of all professional practice and very few ever manage to truly master it. In addition to requiring the highest level of technical expertise in your chosen field, effective writing also requires a deep understanding of the psychology of communication, much of which is more about an individual’s natural ability to interact with other people rather than any specific discipline that can be discovered from the classroom. And, if that wasn’t enough, integrating these intuitive and academic skills to create an effective report requires practical experience, and lots of it.