Is it normal for a partner to say they don’t have time to review your drafts and ask you to send them out or file them without looking at them? I’m a junior working directly with the partner with no other associates on this and doing many of these things for the first time.

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If there is anything in your draft that you are hesitant or unsure about, mention it to the partner before sending it out. Do this even if you think the partner will be annoyed.

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Really helpful response. Thank you!

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Yes sometimes depends what doc and your own rep

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Yes, if it's not your first year, but make clear to the partner that it's your [1]/[2] time working on this type of deal and flag any big picture issues that you have. Also send subject to ongoing review if it makes sense in your context, e.g. if it's counsel trading drafts and the client hasn't reviewed.

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Yes

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Almost all of my partners do this. The key to having them look through drafts is to tell them that you’ve left notes addressed to them in the document, that forces them to go through and read at least those notes. Of course they will probably ignore everything else because in their mind the odds of something being drastically wrong are so small. But at least you’ve managed to get your questions in.

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Exactly, it is all about risk management from the senior lawyer‘s perspective.

Normal? Yes. Best practice? No.

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