When do I need a Solicitor?
The golden rule is if you feel you are getting in over your head, then you should seek legal advice. However, you should not encounter any difficulties up until the first hearing. The Court forms are relatively straightforward to complete and, if necessary, Court staff can provide assistance on completing these.
Where you do attend a hearing on your own and the other side is legally represented their lawyer will be professionally obliged to explain any procedural issues to you and if you need guidance you should ask them before going into Court.
It is a matter for you whether you wish us to represent you at the first hearing. If you feel able to deal with this then we would recommend you only pay for advice on any issues you wish to have explained further.
If the matter does not resolve at the first hearing, then you should consider instructing us. In any event, we strongly recommend you instruct us well in advance of any deadline for filing and serving statements. Where you are considering taking legal advice you have to bear in mind that the later you speak to a lawyer the less they can do to help.
If you would like us to represent you at a hearing it is important you tell us at least 14 days before the hearing. Remember, the earlier you instruct us, the more use we can be, especially if you would like us to assist you in preparing witness statements or for trial. You are always free to contact us for an initial consultation up to 30 minutes at no charge.
Please remember, we are always here if you need us, but to be able to help you properly we need some warning and information.