When you are searching for no win no fee solicitors to help you with your case, it is important to look for certain things in the representation you will have. Since not all lawyers are alike and the details of every case are all different, you will need to dedicate a decent amount of time to finding the right lawyer for you. Here are a few things you should avoid when choosing your solicitor.
New lawyers need experience, yes, but there are plenty of ways for them to do that. If you get your hands on a new lawyer who you believe has enough experience in your arena through other means, and you truly feel comfortable working with them, then by all means, go ahead and consult with them. New lawyers are not necessarily bad lawyers, but depending on the details of your case, may not be best suited to take it.
Lawyers, just like doctors, have their own specialities. The law is incredibly complicated so you need to hire a lawyer who is familiar with personal injury and medical malpractice law. You would not want a criminal lawyer to represent you in a civil case so make sure you were looking for lawyers who can handle your case.
When talking to prospective employers, ask them to talk to you about their experience in dealing with your type of case. They may be able to tell you about cases they have taken in the past that are similar to yours so you can get an idea of what to expect.
Ideally your lawyer should be able to tell you:
- How many years he or she has been practicing law in general
- How many years he or she has been practicing in your particular area of law
- Past case outcomes
- Potential settlements based on precedence
Solicitors to have a heavy case load are often very busy and unable to give you a lot of attention. A busy lawyer is usually a good lawyer because it is a sign he or she is in high demand.
However your lawyer needs to be able to give your case the adequate amount of attention it requires and some lawyers are so busy they cannot do that.
Typically, the more complex your case the more time it will take to move through. Under a no win no fee arrangement, the time it takes to get the case to a settlement isn’t always a factor.
Lawyers no they aren’t going to get paid unless they win the case for you so they will work harder, but may not be able to get back to you as quickly as you would like.