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3 things to consider when looking for a solicitor

01.

What is a Solicitor?

A Solicitor is a professional that has been approved by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority to have passed their academic and professional training standards.

02.

Do I Need a solicitor?

You may need a Solicitor for certain reserved activities such as:

  • Buying/selling Property
  • Administering Wills
  • Representing you in court

03.

Where can I find a Solicitor?

You can contact a solicitor through a SRA regulated Law Firm, through s specific approved organisation eg. a will writing company or on a freelance basis.

Should I use Regulated Solicitors?

Regulated Law Firm

  • Insurance

    Solicitors Regulation authority set minimum insurance cover

  • Complaints

    Can complain directly to the Solicitors Regulation authority or Legal Ombudsman

  • Compensation

    Can apply to the Solicitors Regulation authority for compensation

  • Documents

    Solicitors Regulation authority can help retrieve documents from the Solicitors

Non- Regulated Organisation

  • Insurance

    No specified level of insurance

  • Complaints

    Can complain directly to the Solicitors Regulation authority or Legal Ombudsman

  • Compensation

    Can apply to the Solicitors Regulation authority for compensation

  • Documents

    Solicitors Regulation authority can help retrieve documents from the Solicitors

Freelance Solicitor non-reserved activities

  • Insurance

    No specified level of insurance

  • Complaints

    Can complain directly to the Solicitors Regulation authority or Legal Ombudsman

  • Compensation

    Can apply to the Solicitors Regulation authority for compensation

  • Documents

    Solicitors Regulation authority can help retrieve documents from the Solicitors

Not-for-Profit/ Freelance: Reserved activities

  • Insurance

    Must have adequate level of insurance

  • Complaints

    Can complain directly to the Solicitors Regulation authority or Legal Ombudsman

  • Compensation

    Can apply to the Solicitors Regulation authority for compensation

  • Documents

    Solicitors Regulation authority can help retrieve documents from the Solicitors

check to see if your Solicitor is regulated

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3 things to consider when looking for a barrister

01.

What is a Barrister?

Barristers can help you with many legal issues, for example, by providing advice on your legal rights, drafting legal documents for you and representing you in a court or tribunal. Barristers must have a valid practising certificate issued by the Bar Standards Board. If a barrister has a practising certificate, you can be confident that they are fully qualified and they must comply with the BSB Handbook, which sets out the ethical duties of practising barristers. They will also keep their knowledge up to date.

02.

Do I Need a Barrister?

Most people tend to seek legal advice at first from a solicitor. They will work directly with you to help you resolve your legal problems. They will meet you, work out what the case is, sort out the paperwork, and communicate with others involved in your case. If the case needs to go to court, or if more specialist advice is needed, a solicitor will often instruct a barrister to offer expert advice about a specific area of the law, or to go to court and represent you.

But you can also go straight to certain barristers for help provided that they are specially registered by us to work directly for members of the public. These barristers are known as “Public Access” or “Direct Access” barristers.

03.

Where can I find a Barrister?

If you start by employing a solicitor and they decide that you will need a barrister, they will usually choose your barrister for you. Solicitors will usually have barristers they work with regularly and will know who to ask.

If you want to hire a barrister directly yourself you should make sure the are registered by the BSB.

Only barristers authorised by the BSB s to be Public Access barristers are allowed to offer their services directly to the public. This is because it requires extra training. You can search for Public Access barristers on the Bar Council’s Direct Access Portal.

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