Legal Argument and naming of client Watch

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Sorry about the confusing title. Just a short question which I don't know the answer to:

When writing a legal argument, should you refer to the client by his or her name, or just call him "client"? Which is considered more professional?
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Are we talking about a problem question at university or some kind of assessment exercise for a Vac Scheme or Training Contract? If it's the former then I'd refer to them by his or her name, if it's the latter then I'd probably just say 'the client', but I don't think it really matters all that much.
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Name, IMO, though it depends on the circumstances
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(Original post by TommehR)
Are we talking about a problem question at university or some kind of assessment exercise for a Vac Scheme or Training Contract? If it's the former then I'd refer to them by his or her name, if it's the latter then I'd probably just say 'the client', but I don't think it really matters all that much.
FRU work. I used the client's name anyway, semed less formal ('Mr X'). Saying "the client" all the time makes it sound like you're poking him with a stick and measuring his reaction time with a stopwatch before jotting it down on a clipboard whilst wearing a white coat. Or maybe that's just me. :sigh:
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you should use client
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For what it's worth if this is legal argument in the sense of written submissions it is my view that you should use claimant/defendant or appellant/respondent.

I would be smacked around the head by my pupil master if I used 'the client' in the course of written work.

Mr X might be appropriate in some circumstances, for example where writing an opinion before proceedings have been commenced.
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