I am often asked what percentage of cases I have won. I never win. The client is the one that “wins”. I don’t believe in posting the outcome of my cases. I doubt my clients would appreciate it. Discretion is what I provide. If I were a client, I wouldn’t want my name, or even my initials plastered on my website, with an accompanying description of my charges and the facts. Further, there are circumstances that facilitate a win that have little to do with my ability. I would hardly want to take credit for it.
The truth is, the outcome of your case usually depends on the lawyer’s advocacy skills, combined with who the players are. As a general rule, it is difficult to either pick the Judge or the Crown. Some Judges are favourable to the defence, others to the crown. Some crowns are more conservative than the others. It is, sometimes, the luck of the draw. Having said that, choosing an experienced, well respected advocate is so important.
So…when a client retains me, they tell me their wish list. I try to deliver it all. That is my goal. If I cannot deliver it all, I tell them. I don’t tell them at the courtroom door. I tell them not what they want to hear, but the “straight goods”. I am realistic. I am also driven. I will never stop trying to deliver. I will never stop trying. I will expend all my energy, my wisdom, my “tricks” to achieve their goal.
If you ask me if I achieve their goals most of the time? Yes, I do. That is because when a client hires me, they expect me to work tirelessly. They deserve it.