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Choice of location of solicitor for fast track claim
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The Todal
2019-11-05 10:10:14 UTC
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A friend would like to hire a solicitor to assemble the papers and
pursue a claim against a director of a company the director themselves
dissolved.
My friend is local, ie one city, the defendant in another city and the
appointed court another city.
I've suggested a local solicitor versed in insolvency at his convenience
but this case is likely to go the whole mile.
Is there any opinion for the best location of a chosen solicitor, given
his costs of seeing a solicitor in another city will probably be
negligible in comparison to costs (if he loses).
Location is not really an important factor. Expertise is the most
important thing, and hourly charging rate. It's rather unlikely that
he'll have to visit his lawyer's offices often. Much can be done by
email and phone. And if there is an important meeting with lawyers that
will probably be at Counsel's chambers rather than at the solicitor's
office.

Many of the most respected firms are based in London and have to charge
hourly rates to reflect the rents they have to pay. But some have
regional offices.

He needs to be sure he is getting good legal advice, not being strung
along by a lawyer determined to milk the case for costs who hasn't fully
understand the flaws in the case.

There are two useful reference works. The Legal 500, and the Chambers Guide.

https://www.legal500.com/assets/pages/united-kingdom/uk.html
https://chambers.com/guide/uk?publicationTypeId=1
Fredxx
2019-11-06 00:02:06 UTC
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Post by The Todal
A friend would like to hire a solicitor to assemble the papers and
pursue a claim against a director of a company the director themselves
dissolved.
My friend is local, ie one city, the defendant in another city and the
appointed court another city.
I've suggested a local solicitor versed in insolvency at his
convenience but this case is likely to go the whole mile.
Is there any opinion for the best location of a chosen solicitor,
given his costs of seeing a solicitor in another city will probably be
negligible in comparison to costs (if he loses).
Location is not really an important factor. Expertise is the most
important thing, and hourly charging rate. It's rather unlikely that
he'll have to visit his lawyer's offices often. Much can be done by
email and phone. And if there is an important meeting with lawyers that
will probably be at Counsel's chambers rather than at the solicitor's
office.
Many of the most respected firms are based in London and have to charge
hourly rates to reflect the rents they have to pay. But some have
regional offices.
He needs to be sure he is getting good legal advice, not being strung
along by a lawyer determined to milk the case for costs who hasn't fully
understand the flaws in the case.
There are two useful reference works. The Legal 500, and the Chambers Guide.
https://www.legal500.com/assets/pages/united-kingdom/uk.html
https://chambers.com/guide/uk?publicationTypeId=1
Many thanks, I will pass these links on. The 3 cities are in the
Midlands, all within 2 hours drive of each if that makes a difference?
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