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Choosing the Right Solicitor
It can be a daunting task choosing the right solicitor to represent you following a personal injury. Some people have longstanding relationships with a particular firm of solicitors, or specific solicitors but for a lot of people it can be difficult to know where to start.
Choosing the right solicitor to deal with your claim is a decision that should not be made lightly. As with any profession, no two solicitors are the same.
When choosing a solicitor, it is important to find a solicitor with the right expertise and experience to handle your claim. We recommend doing your research before choosing which solicitor to use. For example, you may want to know whether they have handled similar cases to yours in the past, or what their success rate is. Don’t be afraid to ask these questions. If you experience a poor level of service whilst making your first enquiry, then you are likely to expect the same level of service ongoing.
Recommendations from people you know, and trust are important. Most of our clients come to us because of recommendations from satisfied former clients. Others decide to instruct us following an initial conversation.
A larger firm does not necessarily mean a better firm. Just because a firm has a lot of solicitors working for them and have a large marketing budget does not make them the right firm for you. At Aston Knight Solicitors, we have taken over matters for clients who originally instructed large national firms. Often these firms employ more junior employees such as paralegals to run the case on a day-to-day basis. At Aston Knight Solicitors we are committed to ensuring cases are dealt with by experienced solicitors, with excellent track records, at all times. We believe that Better Solicitors means Better Results.
Whilst it is always very rewarding to obtain a high settlement for a client, the reward is greater when that client has been turned away by another firm first. This was the situation Mr K found himself in before he came to Aston Knight Solicitors.
Mr K suffered serious complications as a result of a significant medical condition not being tested for a year earlier, despite him attending hospital a year earlier with symptoms common for that condition. The result of his condition being missed was that he ended up deteriorating substantially including ending up in a coma. Although he recovered from his coma he was left with breathlessness issues due to lung damage as well as kidney damage.
Following being turned away by a local firm, he sought a second opinion from Aston Knight. Solicitor James Winterbottom reviewed the case and advised that there was a case and agreed to work on a no-win-no-fee basis.
First an admission of liability was secured and then specialist medical evidence to evidence the nature of Mr K’s ongoing injuries. A settlement meeting was set up and following negotiations a favourable settlement of £130,000 was reached, which Mr K was delighted to accept.
Mr K was delighted with the result, awarding full marks in our client satisfaction questionnaire and commenting:
“They were very professional in all their handling of the complete case”
Solicitor James Winterbottom commented: “Cases like this highlight the importance of seeking a second, or even third, opinion if you feel you have a case despite receiving negative advice from another firm. Many firms these days are delegating new case assessment to junior and/or non-specialist solicitors, who fail to see how cases can be won. Always ensure you seek out a specialist firm with a proven success record in cases like yours.”
Choosing a solicitor local to where you live can be an important consideration.
If you live local to Bury, choosing a solicitor in Bury has many advantages, particular in complex matters where frequent face to face meetings can be beneficial. In some cases, it is necessary to carry out a site inspection and having a solicitor local can be advantageous as they are able to undertake a site inspection and will often have personal knowledge of the area.
Aston Knight Solicitors has also been the choice of many clients where the most important criterion is being represented by a solicitor in Bury; for example, high value property dispute matters, commercial dispute claims, and divorce matters to name but a few, where face to face meetings are particularly helpful.
However, with email, Skype, Zoom and other mobile technology keeping in contact with your solicitor is now much easier and therefore it is not essential to instruct a local solicitor. Aston Knight Solicitors act for clients throughout England and Wales; ranging from simple matters such as a whiplash injury sustained in a road traffic accident, to a complex injury at work matter resulting in the amputation of a finger, to the tragic death of a new born baby following the negligence of the NHS.
If you have become dissatisfied with your current solicitor and would like some advice see our article Can I Change Solicitors During A Claim?
If you have been involved in an accident and need legal advice, please contact us to speak with one of our specialist lawyers on 0161 399 1231.