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LexTalk World Interviews with Balall Maqbool, Paralegal at DLA Piper Middle East LLP

Balall Maqbool is an English qualified lawyer with over 11 years’ experience in the knowledge team at DLA Piper Middle East. Balall provides guidance to the global KM team to develop, manage and maintain its KM platforms and supports fee earners with client-related queries. Balall has developed and specialized in areas of law including Corporate, Employment and IPT and is well-rounded with the technical know-how to deliver the firms' strategy to DLA’s partners, fee-earners in groups, countries and sectors. Balall has over 5 years’ experience teaching various subjects in universities across the GCC as part of the firms’ pro-bono program


Host: What motivated you to choose the Legal sector as a domain of work and how has been your career span?

Balall: I have always wanted to help people and because I hate the sight of blood it was clear a career in medicine was not for me. I always saw the legal field as an area which people find difficult to navigate and saw this as an opportunity to provide help.

I have worked in many different firms, covering many areas of law and taken very different positions as my career has gone on. The combination of these experiences has allowed me to have a better understanding, not only of the law, the legal system but how a law firm operates. This well-rounded understanding allows me to not only help explain the law but also the procedures involved, which can also help decision making that serves a client's best interests, including alternate measures to litigation to resolve a dispute (as an example).

Host: What are the different challenges and opportunities that you have or had faced while working in this field?

Balall: The law and the practice of the law is ever evolving. This means you need to constantly adapt to your understanding of the law and the manner in which you prepare and provide your services. If you are not mentally open to change, embrace new legal ideologies and technology, and are not willing to be a student for life you will get left behind.

Host: The pandemic saw some courts begin moving towards more remote proceedings and availability. Is this sustainable, and a possible way to increase access to justice, in your opinion?

Balall: Not only is this sustainable, but this is essential in fulfilling the overriding objective of enabling the court to deal with cases justly and at proportionate cost.

Courts have been able, historically, to pass judgment in absentia and so allowing parties to a case to present arguments remotely makes a lot of sense.




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