SME BUSI­NESS TIPS

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

US­ING a so­lic­i­tor, whether for con­tentious or non-con­tentious work, can be daunt­ing. For many the only con­tact with a so­lic­i­tor is for when things go wrong. And all you get is a huge bill at the end.

How­ever, con­trol­ling that spend and in­deed ‘hedg­ing’ the loss/win is pos­si­ble and with some thought and at­ten­tion the process can be less painful.

This week, Will Whawell from Aux­il­ium Le­gal gives some of the points to con­sider...

1. Choose your le­gal ad­viser with care

Don’t al­ways go with the guy from the golf club or the firm with the most im­pres­sive of­fice.

Do some re­search into the ar­eas of law you think you need ad­vice on and if in doubt utilise a pro­fes­sional net­work – pro-manch­ester has some ex­cel­lent firms – for a rec­om­men­da­tion.

2. How much is it go­ing to cost?

All so­lic­i­tors must pro­vide you with an ac­cu­rate es­ti­mate of costs at the be­gin­ning of the case and at the very least ev­ery six months with an ac­cu­rate up­date of how much your le­gal fees are to date, and with an es­ti­mate of the costs go­ing for­ward to the end of the mat­ter, es­pe­cially if the case is one that re­quires lit­i­ga­tion.

3. Us­ing ex­perts and coun­sel

Make sure that any ex­pert your so­lic­i­tor ad­vises you use is up to the task and that you have agreed the fees for the same in ad­vance.

Such ex­perts, in­clud­ing coun­sel, can be ex­pen­sive but they will agree the fees in ad­vance and as you’re re­spon­si­ble for those make sure you know that they are be­ing in­curred be­fore you get a bill for them.

●● Will Whawell

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