Floria is one of the Firm's longest serving staffs, having been with the Firm for 45 years. Being with the Firm for such number of years places her in a unique position to see the changes that the years brought not only to the Firm but also to the legal practice in general.
With the introduction of the personal computer (PC), it has made typewriters and stencil machines obsolete. The PC has really made life much easier as work can now be done and completed in less than half the time required.
When typewriters were still prevalent, I remember some judges were very fierce so I had to get used to typing till the very end of each document without any typo or error to avoid having to start all over again. Otherwise, the poor lawyers, would get a scolding from these judges.
Nowadays, with the PC, people can just undo a typo or error just by clicking the "delete" button which is a luxury I was not afforded in the past.
We should therefore really appreciate and embrace the advancement in technology which has made work much simpler and quicker.
At first, it was very hard to remember how to efficiently use a PC with its numerous functions. But after getting used to it, it really made work much easier and faster. Even now, I am still learning new things that can be done with a PC.
For example, I remember having to proof read every paragraph every sentence, every word, and every comma to full-stop to make sure that the work I did for him is perfect. Even if there was an error he spotted in a document, Tan Sri will not tell us where that error is and would want us to actually go through the entire document to find it ourselves. But I think this is how one learns so that one is more careful with the next document and over time, it just becomes a second nature.
Through the many years working and learning from them, I think the best advice I can share to young lawyers is that they must be responsible and accountable in whatever they do. They should always be diplomatic and always conduct themselves properly.
To do this, I think having a good set of principles to adhere to can be very helpful and ensure that young lawyers are always on the right path.