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Working in Partnership with Your Solicitor

Whether you’re trying to settle a personal injury claim, or you’re bringing an employment tribunal claim, your solicitor is there to deal with all the complex legal processes, offering advice on what action you should take, and generally ensuring that the proceedings flow as smoothly as possible. Of course, solicitors are there primarily to serve the needs of their clients – but this can better be achieved when the solicitor and the client form a perfect partnership. We’ve put together some handy tips and hints for any clients looking to build the perfect partnership with their own solicitor.

Get pro-active.
Solicitors aren’t always the deciding factor in how a case pans out. The key party is not the solicitor, but the client! Your case, your experiences and your evidence are the most important things to the case – so get pro-active and give your solicitor as much as you can. Any small details could help further the case so don’t leave any stone unturned in your mission to present your solicitor with all the information they could possibly need.

Keep us informed.
The best working partnerships have plenty of communication – especially when the slightest change to circumstances could spin a whole case on its head. Keep in contact with your solicitor as much as possible, updating them on any changes that may or may not have an impact on the case.

You’re in control.
In many cases, such as road traffic accidents and insurance claims, many people are matched up with a solicitor they feel is not serving their needs. Remember that, when it comes to solicitors, you don’t simply have to settle for what you’re given. Contact a few solicitors in your local area and see which firm you’d feel most comfortable representing your case. Selecting the solicitor that best suits your personal needs is one of the best ways to facilitate a great working partnership.

Ask lots of questions.
It’s to the benefit of everyone involved if the client understands exactly what’s going on. Don’t panic if you don’t initially understand the process your solicitor is suggesting! At Hopkins, we’re great at cutting through legal jargon and explaining everything in a way that’s easier to understand. If you have a concern about a certain part of the process, just ask – your solicitor will be able to put your mind at rest and everyone will be on the same page.


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