Solicitors provide legal advice and represent clients in negotiations and court proceedings. They research the laws and past cases (precedents) that are relevant to a particular case in order to present the strongest case for their client and add weight to their arguments. Solicitors may also write legal documents, such as contracts, on behalf of their clients. While court appearances are an important part of a solicitor's work, it generally only forms a small part of their daily activities. A large proportion of their time is spent outside of court, meeting with clients, conducting research, preparing cases and carrying out negotiations with the opposing party.