Finding a good law firm or solicitor is important when considering legal action. Self-representation may be possible in small, simple matters, but it is advisable to seek good legal advice in more complex cases or those involving larger sums of money.
The personal factor
Looking for advertisements is an option, although this may not necessarily find a competent, experienced and professional lawyer. Referrals from colleagues or friends who may have experienced similar situations can help; personalities should be borne in mind too, as different ways of working and personal style can affect the working relationship with your advocate. Try to meet the lawyer first, to see if he or she will be easy to work with. Accessibility and prompt response to communications are almost essential.
If the case is more complex, it may be necessary to consider using a specialist firm of solicitors, as opposed to a general law practitioner. Larger firms employ a number of lawyers, each of whom may specialise in one or two specific areas. Using a specialist when necessary means that one receives a more accurate assessment of the case and its possible chances of success, as well as greater expertise. Naturally, it is best to enquire about cost, before making a commitment.
Other factors to consider are the office location for personal visits, whether they are accredited by the Law Society and whether they participate in the Legal Aid scheme (if available for the case in question). For some clients, it may also be appropriate to ask about languages spoken other than English and/or office accessibility for wheelchair users.
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