The terms ‘solicitor’ and ‘lawyer’ are interchangeable. They are the same thing. They are both generic terms used to describe a Licensed Legal Practitioner. They cannot be used by people who are unqualified to give legal advice. So whether the person who is handling your claim calls themselves a solicitor or a lawyer, rest assured they are qualified to do so.
What is the role of a solicitor or lawyer?
Solicitors and lawyers are qualified legal professionals who provide expert legal advice and legal services and support. Clients can include people, companies and organisations. Their role involves working directly with clients to settle disputes. In the case of a personal injury claim, the solicitor’s job is to build a strong and successful claim for compensation and to also support the client with the coordination of medical support as and when it is required.
How do solicitors or lawyers get paid?
Solicitors and lawyers usually charge an hourly rate for their time and in the case of personal injury claims they take what is called a ‘success fee’ when they win their case. These fees are usually taken from the client’s compensation. By law, this can be up to 25% of the total claim value. However, some lawyers recover all of these costs from the other side. Which applies to you depends on the circumstances of your claim and who the claim is against.
Is there such a things as a bad lawyer or solicitor?
All qualified lawyers and solicitors hold themselves to the highest standards of the law and consider their profession as an ongoing educational experience. Put simply, lawyers and solicitors are always improving themselves. Lawyers and solicitors are mainly judged by their ‘success rate’, which is a percentage of the amount of cases they win. In the personal injury legal professional, anything over 80% is considered excellent. There isn’t really such a thing as a bad lawyer per se, but some lawyers are definitely sharper than others.
How can I make sure I get the best solicitor for my case?
Most law firms work with many solicitors specialising in different areas. At Accident Advice Helpline (visit site) for example, they employ their own lawyers and the best lawyer for the job is always assigned to the case to maximise the chances of claim success. You can also use a search engine like Bing or Google to look into a law firm and testimonials and reviews are a great indicator as to the kind of service you can expect. It’s also important that you ask about the success rate of any solicitor, to get a sense of how good they are at what they do.