Choosing the right solicitor
If you have been the victim of abuse, you need to be sure that you choose the right solicitor to represent you or your loved one through the difficult process, but how do you know that your chosen solicitor is right for you and your case? Here are some tips to help you on your way to making this important decision:
1. Confidentiality – you want your solicitor to treat you with care and respect and handle your case with sensitivity and understanding. A very important part of that is to treat your case and any information that you provide or that is obtained on your behalf with the utmost confidentiality.
2. Find a solicitor who is a specialist in the field and who has experience of dealing with what are invariably very difficult and sensitive cases. To check, simply ask whether they belong, for example, to the specialist panel of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL) www.childabuselawyers.com/find-a-lawyer , membership of which is rigorously tested by ACAL and which demonstrates a commitment to this complex and demanding area of law. Similarly, does your solicitor belong to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)? APIL is the UK’s leading claimant personal injury organisation.
3. How your claim gets paid for is obviously very important. Consider whether the firm you choose offers appropriate funding arrangements, such as ‘no win, no fee’ agreements and, if so, that it has access to ‘after-the-event’ legal expenses insurance cover. This means that, if your claim is taken on, there will be no delays in obtaining the funding and protection you need to ensure that, even if your claim is not successful, you will not be required to pay any costs or expenses. See the section ‘How much will it cost’ for more information.
4. Check that your solicitor has access to a database of experts, including medical experts, with experience in this area of law. This means that, whatever the nature of your claim, your solicitor can find the right expert to advise and assist you with your case on the important issues such as proving the case against the person(s) responsible or the effects of the abuse itself.
5. Ask whether your solicitor has a solid track-record for recovering the right level of damages for his or her clients.
6. Check whether the firm you choose has an experienced Private Client department on hand to advise you about what to do when you receive your damages. Recovering damages can bring its own problems to be dealt with: for example, you may wish to prepare for the future in your will or you may be in receipt of benefits which may be affected by your damages and need advice on that.
GoodLaw Solicitors are proud to say ‘yes’ to each of the points discussed above. If you have any questions, simply get in touch.
If you are at a difficult point of life and need legal advice to overcome your problems, please get in touch with us. You can rely on us completely to deal with your case and provide you with the right legal advice. We are members of the specialist panels of both the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers and the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and have established ourselves as a reputable and reliable legal firm over many years. Call us today for professional help.