Choosing A Solicitor

There can be many times when you might require the services of a solicitor. Some common examples include a traffic accident, a medical lawsuit, a divorce or general trouble with the law. However, you will be expected to make a financial commitment and naturally, some professionals are much more qualified than others. How are you to know which solicitor is the best choice? Let's run through a quick checklist of the factors to keep in mind throughout the decision process.

Choosing the Right Area of Expertise

You may have come across advertisements for a law firm which specialises in numerous areas of legal expertise. These should actually be avoided in favour of a lawyer who is well versed within a specific field such as medical malpractice or personal injury. They are much more likely to be able to address your case on an individual basis and due to this experience, the chances of winning are vastly increased.

Registration with the Proper Legal Bodies

ANY solicitor that you choose should be a current member of the Law Society of the United Kingdom. When performing your initial research, navigate to their website ( and check if they are listed. If they are not, it is wiser to look elsewhere. Registration within this body ensures that the solicitor is an expert within his or her field. Recognition with town and city councils is another way to determine such professional prowess.

The Initial Consultation

Any respectable lawyer will normally be happy to provide you with a no-obligation consultation before you will be required to enter into any type of agreement. During this first meeting, you should carefully explain your case and get a “feel” for how the solicitor will approach the task at hand. This is also when interpersonal rapport should come into play. In other words, how comfortable to you feel trusting the lawyer with your case? Does he or she appear to be sympathetic to your situation or are they approaching if from a “generic” stance. If you feel that you are unable to establish a working relationship, it is best to go with this first instinct.

Winnings and Fees

There are two types of solicitors. Some will charge an up-front fee (sometimes referred to as a retainer) before they take a case. Others are known as no-win, no-pay solicitors. This generally means that they will not collect any type of commission unless they win the case. In either of these situations, carefully weigh the potential to be awarded against the commissions that will ultimately be charged. Finally, be sure that you are able to financially hire the lawyer in question without overstraining your budget. You might otherwise find that you are in a worse position in the future.

There are literally tens of thousands of solicitors throughout the United Kingdom to choose from. Still, bear these previous observations in mind at all times. Use the Internet to research their history as well as their accreditations. You will then be able to rest assured that you have made the most informed choice possible.


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