Lawyers are getting increasingly complex.
That’s because, increasingly, they are not looking out for their clients’ best interests.
A recent report by the law firm Leigh Day found that the number of lawyers working in the UK rose from 1,000 in the early 2000s to around 5,000 by the end of 2016.
Some of those lawyers were also taking on new clients, many of whom had a high profile and legal expertise.
“I can’t tell you how many lawyers I know who have new clients each week, and they are the ones I most want to work with,” says Paul Lacey, who heads the legal team at Lacey & Partners.
“They have so much experience and expertise and it’s a very rewarding experience.”
One of those new clients is Sarah Waugh, a barrister who has represented her sister, an ex-cop, for a number of years.
“It’s very easy for people to get sucked into the system because it’s so convenient,” says Sarah.
“And then it’s all very confusing and confusing.”
It’s no surprise, then, that many lawyers are taking on a new client for work that is not in their interests.
“A lot of them are working on very complex cases, so they’re working on cases they might not even be able to afford to be working on if they didn’t have an extra income,” says Rebecca Leach, a partner at Leigh Day.
But when lawyers have to choose between two competing interests, the answer can often be too much. “
The best way to manage these clients is to say, ‘You have to work on this and then you’re off to another job’.” The good news is that most lawyers don’t think about this and don’t ask themselves whether the client has a good or bad case.
But when lawyers have to choose between two competing interests, the answer can often be too much.
Sarah Wugh, for instance, says she would prefer to work for a company where she could do her job more efficiently, which might mean taking on an increased number of cases.
But she doesn’t have the time.
“If I’m going to have to do work for an hour or two a day I don’t want to be sitting in a room doing it, and then getting paid for it,” she says.
So how do lawyers manage to get through to clients without being “too much of a headache”?
“It has to be an extremely honest and straightforward process,” says Leach.
“Most lawyers will do everything they can to ensure that they are looking out of the client’s eyes, and that they don’t make them feel uncomfortable.
And if you’re a lawyer who is working in a very busy environment, you have to be very careful not to make the clients feel uncomfortable.”
There are a number ways to manage the work of a lawyer.
“Once they submit the CV and the questionnaire, it’s then taken to a legal team to get it reviewed by a lawyer, and it’ll be reviewed again and then reviewed again.” “
You’ll be asking them questions like, ‘Have you had any serious problems?’ or ‘Do you have any medical conditions?’ and so on,” she adds.
“Once they submit the CV and the questionnaire, it’s then taken to a legal team to get it reviewed by a lawyer, and it’ll be reviewed again and then reviewed again.”
The more important task is the review of the solicitor’s work by a legal professional.
“There’s a lot of things that are said and done in the client-client relationship and the legal profession,” says Professor James Gillingham, a solicitor at law firm Pinsent Masons.
“That needs to be considered by both parties.”
The final piece of the puzzle is whether the lawyer has a clear vision of the case that needs to go before the court.
This might be through a written brief, which the barrister might provide.
Or the solicitor might ask for a solicitor to be retained to review the case.
“All of these are very important things, and all of these should be done in a way that’s honest and transparent,” says Gillinghan.
But what happens if a client’s lawyer doesn’t seem to have a clear idea of what she or he wants to hear?
“That’s when you need to talk to a solicitor,” says Lacey.
“But if you don’t, the client may not know who their lawyer is.”
Lacey says the best advice he can give clients is: “Make sure you understand the law and what you’re dealing with.
Ask your lawyer about the rules and procedures.”
If the client doesn’t get a lawyer on their side, then they are likely to end up with a lawyer representing them who is in no way qualified to deal with the issues involved in the case and may be biased. But Lacey