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Welcome to our online Solicitor resource that makes it easy to find a Solicitor. Our Solicitor Directory and free online Solicitor Referal Service take the headache and risk out of finding the right Solicitor for your needs. Here we provide the resources to help you find and instruct Solicitors online.
Finding a Solicitor can be a difficult task because the matter at hand can be sensitive and complex. Finding a Solicitor that you have confidence in is essential. All of the Solicitors featured on our Website have agreed to us providing an impartial Reviews section. This means that people who have hired a Solicitor through this site can place a review and an honest summary of their experience, whether good or bad.
Information about Solicitors
A Solicitor is a person with the ability to handle legal matters and to issue court proceedings where necessary. In the UK the legal profession is split into two different branches; Solicitors and Barristers. Typically a Solicitor will handle matters outside of the courts, though they often assist with the preparation of court proceedings and some are qualified to represent clients in court themselves. Generally though, a Solicitor will carry out office based work, taking on new clients, listening to their issues and then giving advice, drafting any letters and documents that are needed and if appropriate, preparing the necessary bundles of evidence for trial. The Solicitor will then instruct a Barrister on the client’s behalf to proceed with the hearing in Court.
A Solicitor must have achieved certain qualifications in order to achieve the status of Solicitor, which they can only do by completing a period of comprehensive training and passing a series of complex examinations. After completing a law degree or law conversion course and enrolling in the Law Society as a member, they have to complete the Legal Practice Course (LPC) before then beginning a two year practical training contract. There are many firms across the country that offer graduates training contracts. Solicitors in London are often very popular with graduates looking to become a Solicitor. These two years of training help to cement the knowledge and skills that have been acquired on the Legal Practice Course. During this time the trainee will move around different practice areas in the firm, acquiring skills in the various “seats”. The trainee will be expected to interview and advise clients and manage a caseload whilst being closely monitored by professionally qualified Solicitor colleagues in the firm.
During the two year training contract the trainee will also be required to complete a “Professional Skills Course” which is designed to expand on the trainee's knowledge and skills attained on the LPC. Once this, and the two years' training have been successfully completed, the trainee is then able to apply to the Master of the Rolls to be “admitted to the roll”, the list of all Solicitors of the Supreme Court. Once completed, a legal Practising Certificate can be applied for enabling the new Solicitor to practise with a firm of Solicitors, such as a firm of Manchester Solicitors or elswhere.
If an individual has a different degree, they are able to complete a law conversion course and then begin the LPC and follow the same route outlined above. It is also possible to complete an ILEX professional qualification in law whilst working in a legal environment and then studying some further “Higher Diplomas” before going on to the LPC as outlined above. Some people who complete this route find they do not need to complete a two year training contract as they have already gained experience in a legal environment during their ILEX studies.
When do I need a Solicitor?
There are a number of situations in which you might find yourself needing a Solicitor. Our articles and guides advise on certain situations when it is recommended to consult a Solicitor. Solicitors are not always the only individuals who can help you in a court or with a legal matter. However, it often benefits you to instruct a qualified professional who is familiar with the law, to ensure your matter is being taken care of and acted upon properly.
Finding and Using Solicitors
Finding a Solicitor usually involves some research. Going on a friend or relative's recommendation is generally a good approach. We also list many local Solicitors in our Solicitor Directory or you can use the Referal service to have a Solicitor contact you.
Once you have located and contacted a Solictor, you will usually need to attend an initial meeting with them. You will need to bring with you the documentation or information you have regarding the matter that you need help with. Solicitors may charge a fee for the appointment made. They may also wait until they have heard which services you need and whether they can help you. Typically once the Solicitor is aware of the issue they will need time to determine the fees that may apply to your case.
If this is an interview to determine whether you want to hire them you do need to make that clear. You need to consider if their location is close enough to you. If you live in Leeds you are likley to want Solicitors Leeds rather than further away. You will then need to ask how they would handle the situation, what the steps would be that they would take and their suggested time scale. The Solicitor may not be able to help you, depending on the issue, which is also another reason for the initial interview. It is essential to ensure that you find a Solicitor that is experienced in the area of law on which you want advice.
You can also go to www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk for further help in relation to Solicitors.
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