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What Do I Look for in My Solicitor

Brain injuries are complex and give rise to a variety of considerations when compared to other forms of injury. The choice of solicitor is crucial. The solicitor needs to understand the complexities of the claimant’s injuries and how it is likely to affect their day to day life.  The solicitor should specialise in personal injury work and not be a generalist. In particular, as well as specialising in personal injury, the solicitor should regularly deal with acquired brain injury and large multiple injury cases.  There are many solicitors who try to practice in all fields of the law and dabble with personal injury and brain injury cases.  As a rule of thumb this should be avoided. 

There are various quality standards, which can assist in the choice of solicitor.  Ask whether: -

  • The solicitor is a member of the Law Society’s Panel of Personal Injury Solicitors.
  • The solicitor is on Headway’s Approved List.
  • The solicitor is a member of the Law Society’s Panel of Clinical Negligence Solicitors (for victims of medical accidents).
  • The firm holds the Legal Services Commission Specialist Quality Mark (LSCSQM) in Personal Injury or Clinical Negligence.
  • The firm have solicitors who are members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

These panels and the LSCSQM require the solicitor to demonstrate experience, and ensure that the solicitor’s firm has appropriate systems and resources in place.  Solicitors on Headway’s Approved List will be specialists in dealing with acquired brain injury.

Recommendation from someone who knows the solicitor is a good idea.  Also have a look at the firm’s website and the solicitor’s profile.

Most solicitors will offer at least a free half hour interview.  This interview can be used to ensure the client is comfortable with the solicitor and gives a chance to ask the questions of which, the client may be unsure. The solicitor should be asked about the type of cases they have handled in the past and their practice.

For more information as to how Lanyon Bowdler could assist you, call me on 01743 280280 or email me at neil.lorimer@lblaw.co.uk.