Taking Instructions Training

Taking Instructions Training

This page gives you details of our Taking Instructions Training for junior lawyers. Junior lawyers, trainees and paralegals are required to take instructions from more senior lawyers. Being successfully delegated to is a skill which can be learnt and developed.

Challenges of being a junior lawyer

There are a number of challenges in being a junior lawyer, one of which is in the process of being given work. This workshop gives you ideas and tips on how to fastrack to becoming a useful member of the team.

Personality of the senior lawyer

Understanding the personality, or work style of your senior lawyers is critical to making sure you are delegated to successfully. We use our own model the ITD Work Styles Model to help make sense of this relationship.

  • ITD Work Styles Model.
  • Drivers of delegation.
  • Typical challenges for the senior lawyer.
  • Working with the different styles.
  • Practice scenarios.


The firm may well expect you to be assertive, but what does this mean for the junior lawyer? You don’t want to appear too pushy, but then you need to be fully briefed. This section helps you to become more assertive.

  • Assertion defined.
  • Questioning assertively.
  • What assertion is not.
  • Practice scenarios.


Asking senior lawyers questions can be daunting either during a delegation, or afterwards. This section gives you ideas on how to approach these situations:

  • Neutral positioning.
  • Pre-question statements.
  • Open & closed questions.
  • Practice scenarios.

Challenges during the execution of a task

You will find that completion of a given task is not always what it seemed when you were first briefed. This section covers how to approach these situations.

  • Who to ask if you have questions.
  • Do what you can do.
  • Sources of help.

Taking Initiative & Adding Value

All senior lawyers will tell you that what they want more than anything when delegating, is for their junior lawyers to demonstrate initiative. We expore how to do this in the specific roles of the junior lawyers, whether this be graduate trainee, trainee, or paralegal.

  • How to take initiative.
  • Identifying specific tasks to take initiative on.
  • What to do when you see a potential task to take on.
  • Looking ahead.
  • Identifying tasks not specified in the delegated task.


Feedback is critical for learning and development. This section covers the challenges with feedback and how to deal with it:

  • How to take feedback.
  • How to ask for feedback.
  • Substantive v stylistic feedback.
  • Personality driven feedback.
  • Interpreting feedback.
  • Practice scenarios.

Taking Instructions Training details


This training can run from one hour, 90 minutes to three hours, depending on how much practice and role-play you want the participants to do. Two hours is often a good compromise.

Participant numbers

The smaller the number of participants the more each one can ask questions of the trainer. The larger the number the more it becomes a seminar. Up to 12 participants can work well.

Virtual or Live

Our taking instructions training can be either a virtual or in-person session.


The participants complete the ITD Work Styles Model which will give them a heads up on the personality factors that come into play in a delegation.

Post workshop

Each participant receives a pdf of the workbook used in the training.

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