Top tips for choosing a legal professional team
Life often cannot be planned for and there are times when things happen that require professional help and advice to sort.
Whether it is buying a property, writing a will, dealing with a marital breakdown or handling the repercussions of criminal charges, one thing is for sure, when your finances, future and even freedom is on the line, getting expert legal advice in your corner is a must.
Of course, as with anything, when it comes to choosing legal services there is plenty of choice out there. How then, do individuals and businesses cut through all the sales pitches to find a legal firm which can deliver?
Check out our tips on finding the best legal services provider for your needs…
1. Do your homework
When choosing a school for our children we often rely on Ofsted reports, we head to TripAdvisor before booking a trip and even check out a movie review before committing to purchasing cinema tickets, therefore it makes sense to look to a third party when choosing a solicitor.
An annual guide to the UK’s law firms, The Legal 500 helps those in need of legal advice make an informed choice.
This year, we have recorded our best ever year in the Legal 500. We have maintained our position as one of the only Family and Crime legal services teams in Leicester and Derby with Legal 500 ‘Top Tier’ status.
Dedicated to delivering excellent customer service, it is no surprise that in the Legal 500 we are quoted as “great with clients.”
The Legal 500 also said the Family team were “‘professional and knowledgeable’ and that the Crime team have ‘a vast array of dedicated and knowledgeable criminal lawyers, who work tirelessly for their clients’.
2. Opt for accessibility
Email is great but sometimes nothing beats face to face. With this in mind, consider choosing a solicitor with offices local to you. Here at Smith Partnership we have a network of offices including at Derby, Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent, Burton upon Trent and Swadlincote making us accessible to clients across the East Midlands.
3. Nothing beats great communication
Understanding your case and what the process is, is vital and if from the outset you are baffled by legal jargon and find you don’t really understand what your solicitor will be doing for you, take your business elsewhere.
Ask your prospective legal representative how they intend to communicate with you, will they be contactable via email? Via phone? Are you able to schedule meetings with them should the case warrant it? If you get the sense that they may be difficult to pin down, think carefully about whether this would work for you and your busy lifestyle.
4. Recognised and accredited
Along with choosing a legal team with the relevant professional qualifications, choosing an accredited legal services provider gives you further reassurance that you are choosing a provider with a proven track record.
Within our team of solicitors, we have a number accredited by The Law Society as specialists in their field, including within family law, personal injury and children’s law.
Members of the team are also members of Resolution, which sets out the principles of a non-confrontational approach to resolving family law matters and Lexcel, The Law Society’s practice management standard.
Here at Smith Partnership we pride ourselves on the customer service we deliver. Our clients are at the heart of everything we do, which is why we have a reputation for openness and being straight-talking in all our dealings. To discuss your case and to find out more about our comprehensive range of legal services for individuals and businesses, call 0330 123 1229 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.