By Nicholas Tate, Founder of www.personalinjurylawyers.co.uk
Choosing the correct legal adviser or law firm for your business can be a tricky area to deal with. It is inevitable that all businesses, no matter what their size, will have to seek legal advice at one point or another; whether this be relating to employment law, disputes or simply drawing up contracts or legal agreements. It’s therefore extremely important to make sure that you find the correct solicitor or law firm to suit your needs. Choosing the wrong person or firm to deal with your business can cause a headache, and you may find yourself having to fork out extortionate costs for a solicitor or firm that simply isn’t right for you.
However, there are some steps you can take to help you choose the best legal firm to suit your needs as a business. Following these guidelines can really help you ensure that you look for the best person for the job, enhancing the chances that your needs are met in the long-term.
1) Ask around
Choosing a solicitor can seem overwhelming, and it often seems difficult to find your way through the plethora of firms on the market, to choose the best one for you. To start, ask other businesses in your local area who they have used, to build a good knowledge base of recommendations. Knowing who others have successfully dealt with is the best possible testimonial you can hear, particularly if you are asking businesses of a similar nature or size to your own. It’s also a good idea to look online for recommendations, as most online research will throw out some opinions concerning that legal firm in question (whether they be good, or bad!)
2) Experience and Accreditation
Whilst recommendations allow you to pinpoint the most reputable firms in your local area, it’s vital that when choosing a legal firm for your business, you check out their accreditations and area specialities. Choosing a firm with all of the correct and necessary practice certificates goes without saying, but it is also good to check out what areas they hold specific accreditations in. Try to seek firms that hold qualifications, or have experience, in the areas that you’re likely to seek legal advice in. If, for instance, you’re a start-up needing to negotiate for a premises; choose a firm that specialises in lease and property agreements. The same goes for all areas of law; whatever your legal need, try to find a solicitor that can best suit your requirements by looking at the accreditations they hold.
Most good legal firms will usually allow for a free initial consultation, enabling you to meet with them to discuss the issues you’re likely to face. These are an excellent way to get to know the firm and solicitors that will be handling your legal query, and will give you the chance to size up whether or not they’re the right people for you and your business. Ask as many questions as possible in your consultation, and ensure that you discuss costs in full. It’s vital to ensure that costs are laid on the table before you instruct a solicitor, and that it is clear whether or not they work on a fixed fee or hourly basis. Don’t be afraid to have a consultation with more than one firm, either. This will give you the chance to weigh up firms against each other, as well as comparing the best quotes. As with most things in business, your relationship with your solicitor will first and foremost be a business partnership; and it’s important to use a consultation to make sure that it’s a partnership you feel comfortable with. Always choose a solicitor that you feel best understands your business, as this will help to encourage a lasting, and happy, business relationship.
Of course, every business is different, and choosing a solicitor is a very personal matter. Following these steps should help you to choose the best law firm for your business needs; making sure that you, and your business, is taken care of when it comes to legal matters.