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Suing: What You Need to Know as a Business
How do I find a good business lawyer?
You should choose a lawyer with extensive expertise in the area of your claim, who has a good track record. Word-of-mouth recommendation is normally a good way of finding solicitors, but professional body the Law Society also has a search tool in which you can search lawyers by legal issue and geographical area.
What should I do when I have appointed a lawyer?
You will normally book an initial consultation with your solicitor, which will cover the issues in the case and assess the strength of your claim. Follow these steps to get the most out of this initial meeting:
Prepare thoroughly – Your solicitor’s time is your money, so you should prepare everything in advance to get the most out of your consultation. Beforehand, send a letter outlining your claim, the facts, and the evidence – enclosing copies of any relevant notes, emails or correspondence.
- Ask about the strength of your case – A good lawyer will be able to give you an honest assessment of your legal position, and whether it is worth continuing with the case.
- Ask for an estimate of costs – Most solicitors charge an hourly rate, although for certain claims you might be able to agree on a fixed fee. Hourly rates are normally £500 or so for senior London lawyers – for juniors, this drops down to around £200-£360.
If you need a barrister to argue your case in court, be aware that they are very expensive; specialist barristers costs thousands of pounds per day.
After the initial consultation, you should keep in touch with your solicitor, getting regular updates on progress and costs.