Lawyer - Frequently asked questions
Terms and Conditions?
Our terms and conditions are located here. For any further information, please contact our office.
Why do you need a Lawyer?
Lawyers have experience and knowledge about the law and how it is applied to your individual circumstances. These days a number of people rely upon friends and family to give them advice on the law. The problem with this is the outcome of a case is not the same for everyone and the advice from a lay person about the outcome of your case is not correct.
DIY kits are expensive pieces of paper, they do not provide you with legal advice specific to your circumstances but allow you to fill out a form. Often these DIY kits are attached to a disclaimer such as ".......is not a substitute for legal advice. None of the author, publisher, printer or webmaster (either separately or together) is involved in the giving of legal advice or the attempt to give legal advice."
There is nothing wrong with reviewing documentation to obtain an understanding of the law. Google is often a one stop shop to find out legal information. It is however important that you understand what you are looking for. Too often clients rely upon outdated advice or advice that would not be relevant to their legal situation. Relying upon information rather than legal advice to form your own view of what you consider to be the outcome of your case can be a very costly and traumatic exercise.
The best advice is early advice.
What should you bring to an initial appointment?
Lawyers are required by law to identify clients, please therefore bring photographic identification such as your passport, drivers licence or 18+ card to your appointment.
At your initial appointment, you should bring all documents within your possession that are relevant to your legal situation. If you are unsure of what documents are relevant, bring everything as we are quickly able to ascertain what is relevant or not. Providing as much information as you can at your initial appointment ensures we can be specific in our advice to you.
Where relevant, written timelines of the circumstances of your legal situation are beneficial to our office providing you with timely advice.
Providing as much information regarding your legal matter at the initial appointment will ensure you are provided with the correct advice. One of the most important aspects of obtaining legal advice is providing an accurate description of your circumstances (even those circumstances that don't go in your favour). A Client-Lawyer relationship is a relationship of trust, which relies upon client's to provide a forthright account of the situation so that information/documents can be dealt with early in your matter, rather than at a later date where they can negatively impact your case.
Confidentiality and Legal Privilege?
Lawyers must not disclose any information which is confidential to a client, and acquired during a Client-Lawyer relationship, to any person who is not: a lawyer who is a partner, principal, director or employee of the law practice; or a barrister or a person otherwise engaged by, the law practice or by an associated entity for the purpose of delivering or administering legal services in relation to a client. Unless a client authorises the disclosure or we are permitted or compelled by law or the Solicitors Rules to disclose.
Our duty of confidentiality survives the professional relationship, and continues indefinitely after we have ceased to act for a client.
We can disclose information for the purpose of preventing imminent serious physical harm to a client or to another person. This is an exceptional situation, we need to be satisfied that imminent serious physical harm is going to occur and needs to be prevented.
Confidentiality is not the same as client legal privilege. Not all information communicated to a lawyer is legally privileged.
Legal privilege is designed to protect certain communications from subsequent disclosure to encourage a free exchange of communication between a client and the lawyer acting for the client. There are three types of privilege: advice privilege, litigation privilege and third party privilege. there are exceptions to legal privilege, such as where the privilege has been waived, it is the public's best interest, the law modifies or removes privilege and where the communication is for the purpose of facilitating fraud or crime.