Every time someone hires a solicitor there is a certain level of service expected. The client reasonably assumes that the solicitor is well trained and able to carry out the services that they are being hired to do. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Solicitor negligence can lead to solicitor complaints. It is important to do some research before you hire just any solicitor.
These are some important skills to look for in a solicitor:
Strong communication skills, both written and oral
Your solicitor represents you and so it is important that they should be able to communicate effectively, whether it be with a judge, jury, another solicitor or third party.
A keen eye for details and attention to accuracy
Details can mean the difference between success and failure in a case. Overlooking details can be very costly. It is always the best course of action to get it right the first time around
Analytical and focused
The ability to look at a lot of information and gather from it, the most important facts and data that can be helpful to your case is vital. Insurers and third parties in lawsuits will try to bury or hide facts in tons of information.
Able to explain technical legal matters in a simple way
It is important that you understand the process and all the details of your case. Your lawyer should avoid using confusing legal jargon. They should be able to communicate with you in a way that you can understand even the most technical legal matters.
Assertive and confident
Judges, juries, insurers and the public in general react positively to confidence. An air of confidence and success inspires confidence and a certain level of trust that the solicitor is knowledgeable and trustworthy.
You should feel that your solicitor has put in place all the security measures needed to protect and guarantee your most personal and intimate or financial detailed information. So it will remain private and confidential.
Able to work under pressure and meet deadlines
It is critical that a solicitor has the ability to remain calm and focused even under extreme pressure and when facing tight deadlines. Time is a very important consideration in law, delays can be very costly. Missed deadlines, late or overdue payments can result in expensive penalties.
Skilled in handling financial information, figures and numbers
Depending on the area of law, the ability to manipulate and comprehend numerical data is key. Tax, financial, business and matters pertaining to property law often involve numbers.
Empathy is a trait that is often overlooked. It is a very important skill to have in a a solicitor. It is easier to work with a solicitor that understands your case and your circumstances and is able to effectively communicate this. A skilled and knowledgeable lawyer who seems distant and uncaring unwittingly gives the appearance of being cold and distant. They do not seem to be motivated by anything other than their fee.
If you have a solicitor complaint, visit SOS Claims.