When I act for clients suspected of having committed criminal offences, I always advise them to say nothing to the police until and unless they have cleared what they want to say with me first. This video explains why you have everything to lose and nothing to gain by talking to police.
Sometimes lawyers are willing to run a case on a ‘no win no fee’ basis. This is reasonably common in personal injury claims. Normally, your prospects of a successful outcome have been assessed as being strong before your lawyer has agreed to this. The arrangement is essentially that your lawyer will not charge you until and unless you receive a successful outcome. There are however a number of potential catches that you should be aware of. Here is a short and not necessarily exhaustive list.
In any area of law, a client’s perceptions of matters are often inaccurate. This is partly because clients don’t have the benefit of the knowledge that comes from experience in such matters. Part of a solicitor’s job is to educate a client about the process, the substantive law and the like. As a result, I have learned in time to take special care to manage the expectations of my clients and after every significant event I ask the client whether they understood what has happened, and get their account so that I can ascertain their perceptions.
In family law, a client’s perceptions are further clouded by their emotions. Many clients’ perceptions of the situation are completely twisted because their emotions blind them from actuality. As a result, what a family law client believes to be the case often is not the case at all. And many clients resist being told (and even resent) someone else telling them that their perceptions are inaccurate.
A good relationship with your solicitor helps your case
The solicitor-client relationship is in many ways much like a partnership. Like partners, the relationship is most effective when the parties trust each other and are working together towards the same goal. Making your solicitor’s job easier helps you. Here are some of the ways that you can help your case.