What should I look for when choosing a solicitor?
Q. I have been having some problems at work and want to see a solicitor about my options. However, there are so many solicitors out there; I am not sure how to choose one.
A. Always select a lawyer with experience in the appropriate area of law for your needs - it does not make sense to ask a family lawyer to represent you on an employment law matter. You can find details of solicitors on the Law Society website at www.lawsociety.org.uk or you can contact organisations such as the Citizens Advice Bureau for details of solicitors locally.
Price is also a consideration and you may find that fees vary significantly between firms offering similar services. Depending on the nature of your case, it may not always be possible for a firm to give you an exact quote but they must give you an estimate of the amount of work involved and their costs for carrying out that work.
Recommendations from friends or family who have used similar services can be useful so ask around. It can help to talk to a lawyer about how they will work with you before you decide to use their service. Do not be afraid to ask questions to gauge their level of knowledge and professionalism before making a final decision, it is important to find someone that you feel comfortable with.
Tim Thompson, partner
*This article was previously printed in The Stamford Mercury and Peterborough Telegraph