The value of speaking to a solicitor for legal advice – Q&A

We participated in Solicitors Chat on Twitter answering questions about how as Solicitors we can provide tailored, expert legal advice you can rely on.

Jessica O’Shea, one of our Solicitors in our Childcare department, was on hand to provide some much needed guidance.

We’ve set out our answers out below:

  1. Tell us about your role as a solicitor and what a typical day looks like for you.

I am a Childcare Solicitor representing parents who have social services involvement due to concerns they have for the parenting that the children are receiving. In this role there is never a “typical day,” I can be doing anything from representing client’s at court, attending meetings, attending upon client’s to advise them, drafting documents, reading documents, the list goes on…

  1. Why is it important to give tailored and unique advice to clients?

Each case we take is so very different so each client needs specific tailored advice that is in line with their needs. No client is the same so Solicitors need to ensure that they remember this when giving advice.

  1. Why is it important to spend time building a relationship with your clients?

Given the sensitive nature of my work, it is vital to try and build a supportive relationship with clients, especially as they are at risk of losing their children. They need to be able to trust the advice that we give to them.

  1. How do you feel your legal advice provides value for money for clients?

The area in which I work is under the legal aid scheme, therefore regardless of each client’s income, they are entitled to legal aid funding.

  1. In your opinion, what is the value of seeking legal advice from a Solicitor rather than an unqualified legal provider or taking a DIY approach?

Simply because we know what we are talking about! Taking advice from an unqualified legal provider or a DIY approach can often be high risk to the client and put them in a difficult position if the advice they received is incorrect because they are not trained legally.

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