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How to Choose a Solicitor

How to Choose a Solicitor

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Choosing a solicitor is a crucial decision that can significantly impact the outcome of legal matters, ranging from property transactions to professional negligence. Whether you are navigating a complex legal issue or simply need guidance on routine matters, finding the right solicitor is essential.

However, with so many options available, the process can feel overwhelming. By considering key factors such as expertise, reputation, communication, and cost, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your goals and ensures effective representation throughout your legal journey.

At Annecto Legal, we connect clients with the right solicitors to handle their claim effectively. Additionally, we can assist in securing litigation funding for your case. Our services are tailored to ensure that businesses or individuals who have suffered financial losses or damage have the best possible chance of seeking compensation.

How to choose a solicitor for your case

Choosing a solicitor requires careful consideration to ensure that you find the best fit for your legal needs. When selecting a solicitor, it is not essential to instruct the most expensive solicitor; however, your typical high street local solicitor may not be the best choice either.

It is imperative to select a legal professional with the relevant specialisation for your case to ensure the most favourable outcome. You should opt for a solicitor with the experience and expertise required for the specific area of law you require assistance in, whilst also being efficient and cost effective.

Inquire about the solicitor’s fee structure and billing practices upfront to ensure transparency and avoid any surprises later on. Some solicitors work on a fixed fee for certain legal services, while others may bill by the hour or operate on a contingency basis.

Furthermore, considering how your solicitor will be perceived by the opposing party is essential. A solicitor who is perceived as fair and reasonable by the opposing party may help to minimise conflict and reduce the likelihood of unnecessary litigation.

Moreover, you might want to evaluate your solicitor’s willingness to work on a risk-sharing basis and their experience in dealing with legal funders and insurers. These factors can significantly impact the trajectory and success of your case.

Funding a legal claim

Funding legal claims can present a complex process and will rely on the specific circumstances surrounding the case. Below are some of the options for funding a case.

  • Conditional fee agreements – Conditional fee agreements (CFAs), also known as ‘no win, no fee agreements’, are a type of funding arrangement that allows individuals to pursue a claim without paying legal fees upfront. Under a no win, no fee basis, the law firm agrees to take on the case and only charges a fee if the case is successful. If the case is unsuccessful, the client does not have to pay these legal fees. 
  • Contingency fee agreement – Some solicitors may offer to take on a case on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will only charge a fee if they are successful in securing a financial settlement or damages. The fee payable to the solicitor is usually a percentage of the amount recovered, and if the case is unsuccessful, the law firm will not charge a fee.
  • After the event insurance – After the event (ATE) insurance is a type of insurance that can provide cover for legal costs in the event that a case is unsuccessful. This option can be particularly useful in cases where the outcome is uncertain, and the costs of losing a case could be significant. ATE insurance is often used with conditional fee agreements.
  • Third party litigation funding – In some cases, third party litigation funders may be willing to provide funding for a case in exchange for a percentage of any financial settlement or damages awarded. This option can be attractive for individuals who cannot afford to pay for legal fees themselves but have a strong case.

When the case is at the point of being funded, Annecto Legal will provide advice to the solicitor on presenting the case to funders and insurers. We will then negotiate with the funders and insurance providers to get the best deal overall.

Annecto Legal have the knowledge and experience to know which funders and insurance providers would be best for each unique case. We undertake broad range of comparisons, so clients know they are getting a good deal. We work with solicitors throughout the case, helping them to iron out any issues.

How can Annecto Legal assist?

Understanding how to choose a solicitor can be a complex task, which is why it is essential to have an expert on your side. At Annecto Legal, our team of professional advisors help clients to identify suitable legal representation for their legal cases.

If you are thinking about bringing a claim and want advice on legal representation, then contact Annecto Legal now. We can help you to find a solicitor, as well as managing your financial risks and sourcing funding for your legal fees. The solicitors we work with are registered with the law society and regulated by the solicitors regulation authority.

Unfortunately, because of the high costs of legal actions in the UK, we only assist in disputes in which the financial value of the claim is over £250,000, at the absolute minimum. We would like to be able to help on other claims, but we just don’t have access to any products that can assist on smaller matters.

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* Annecto Legal can only assist on case where the loss is in excess of £100,000, with the exception of data breach claims. If you need assistance on a claim worth over £100,000, please get in touch using our form or the details below:

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Annecto Legal Ltd, 106 Kennedy Building, Murray Street, Manchester , M4 6HS

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0800 612 6587

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info@annectolegal.co.uk

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