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With so many law firms on the market all claiming to specialise in different areas of the law, choosing the right one for your needs can be overwhelming – especially if you’ve never brought a claim before. So, here’s a guide to help you choose a firm that’s right for you.
Look for a specialist
Research is key. When choosing a law firm, it’s very important you have a firm that specialises in the area of law you need advice and representation. If you want to claim for an accident or injury, you’ll want to look for a solicitor that specialises in personal injury claims, rather than the solicitor you instructed when you sold your home. That being said, some firms will have multiple specialist teams that can handle a variety of different legal needs. Keep an eye out for accreditations and associations a firm publicises across its website – this is a benchmark of expertise.
Investigate their track record
Looking into the law firm’s history and successes can help you decide whether to work with them. If a law firm has been operating for many years, it’s a sign that they are a well-established with a strong track record. Some law firms will have the first in bringing successful
claims for certain areas of the law, or for helping to establish the law to better protect individuals. Law firms often have testimonials and case studies on their website – take a look at these to see if there are stories from people they’ve helped who were in a similar situation to you.
Find out what other people are saying
Whether it’s a personal recommendation or online reviews, it’s worth finding out what other people are saying about a law firm and the service they received. Visiting a solicitor’s website, looking on its social media channels or on review sites – such as Trustpilot – are all places where you’ll likely find examples of client endorsements. And asking people you know for recommendations can be useful – just make sure it is in the same area of law you need.
Consider the cost and how you’ll pay
It’s really important for you to know upfront how your claim will be funded and much you can expect to pay or be charged. For personal injury claims, law firms often offer a ‘no win no fee’ arrangement, where you’ll only pay a fee if your claim is successful. In other instances, some law firms will charge a fixed cost, whereas others charge by the hour – it will depend on the area of legal expertise you need.
For certain types of claims, such as accident at work claims, you may be able to get your legal costs covered if you are a member of a trade union. This means you’ll be able to keep 100% of your compensation, with no deductions. Most trade unions don’t only offer free legal cover for work-related accidents, so it’s important you contact your union for more information whenever you’re in need of legal advice.