Interview with Chris Hargreaves

When did you first start writing?
In a sense my writing "career" has only just begun. However as a lawyer I have been communicating with people through speech and on paper for over a decade now. Writing a book is very different from providing a legal opinion, but hopefully the skills I have learned in communicating through my career have been put to good use in my role as an author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote Look Before you Leap because I wanted to offer some real world guidance to young people looking at, or embarking on, a career in law. Legal texts are notoriously expensive, so I also wanted to price something at the lower end of the scale where young people could easily access the book, purchase it with their own money and get it on a platform that best suited them.

So far as the book itself goes, I have found in my own professional development that my knowledge has developed through people willing to invest time and effort in me, by sharing knowledge and wisdom with me. This book is my attempt to do the same thing on a broader scale. As well as the book I do my best to spend face to face time with junior lawyers and deliberately seek to give them the benefit of my experience. Hopefully they get something positive out of that, although sometimes I'm sure that they are secretly rolling their eyes at me....
What are you working on next?
I'm hoping that my current title isn't a stand alone. Although I've considered branching into fiction, I expect that I'll be staying in the non-fiction arena for some time yet. I expect that my next book will be on a similar topics - that is, professional development and success in a legal career. Given my first book focused on the "what is being a lawyer like" categories, I am considering a book about developing skills in a legal career, for those who have decided to take the plunge.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have an eclectic book collection. However, I like John Mortimer (Rumpole of the Bailey), CS Forester (the Hornblower series) and a number of different science fantasy authors. From a family perspective, I still like Mem Fox and Roald Dahl.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love solving problems. My professional area can involve a lot of different obstacles and challenges, and I'm always excited to get to work and start plugging away at those areas. Nothing is more frustrating to me than a problem for which I can't find a solution - so when I come across something like that, I just work all the harder to try and find an outcome.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

Look Before You Leap - A Guide for Aspiring Lawyers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Legal
This is a guide for younger or aspiring lawyers in Australia. In it you will find summaries of what it is like to practice law in the real world. This is not a technical book full of case citations or statutory guidelines. Rather, it is to help the reader get an understanding of what it is like to work in a law firm, and what a legal career looks like on a day to day basis.