Where to Start
Any legal proceeding can be a stressful, confusing and emotional experience. Amidst your own personal circumstances, you will be faced with choosing an appropriate solicitor for you and your case. This solicitor should provide you with consistent support to guide you through the legal process, with your best interests at heart. Choosing the right solicitor at the start of a legal process will give you the greatest chance of gaining the most favourable outcome for your case.
Choose a specialist solicitor
We would advise that you avoid lawyers who mix family law work with other areas of law, as they are unlikely to have either the experience or the commitment to look after you properly. Choose a solicitor that specialises in the area of law relevant to you (e.g. some of Brookman’s specialisms are divorce, international divorce, complex financial settlements, and children’s issues). Then consider how much experience they possess and whether they have a sufficient team of staff to handle all aspects of your case – from complex legal issues through to less complex administration work or legal paperwork. Having this balance of staff keeps costs manageable, but also gives access to the best legal advice when needed.
Assess initial interactions
The way in which a solicitor initially interacts with you could well be an indication of how they will work with you in the future. We recommend that you consider the manner in which a solicitor handles your initial enquiry, how you feel about the first telephone conversations with them and even consider their style and how they present themselves (e.g. their websites). These first impressions can often give you an indication of the type of operation they run.
If the firm presents itself professionally and you are dealt with promptly and with obvious expertise, you should then make arrangements for an initial appointment. If however, you are dealt with slowly or the firm does not indicate whether it can really help you or not, you should re-consider your choice of solicitor.
Book a free initial appointment
If, based on your preliminary conversations, you are happy with your chosen solicitor, you should book a free initial appointment with them to discuss your case. This meeting (by telephone or in person) typically takes at least one hour and will give you an immediate idea as to what your legal options are, what the likely ongoing costs might be and how you should proceed from here. A good first appointment will lay out your options and possible outcomes, it may well save you money in the long term.
Your first step should be to contact us on +44 (0)20 7430 8470 or to complete the enquiry form. All information you pass to us is confidential, please provide a summary of your circumstances so we can be sure the correct solicitor responds to your enquiry. We will then contact you within a matter of business hours (UK time) with initial thoughts on what to do next.