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How to Pick the Best Lawyer For Your Business

Identifying the right legal help for your business can be daunting and it’s not something you want to get wrong. Professional legal advice is expensive and so it needs to deliver plus, you want to feel you have chosen a lawyer who understands your company and is approachable and supportive. Here are four essential tips to help you work out the best lawyer for your business requirements.

1. Look for a lawyer with the right experience

Every lawyer specialises in a particular field of law and within each specialism, there can be sub-categories. Choosing a lawyer with the right experience is essential to match your business needs. Closely study their profile, the type of work they have done and the clients they represent. Is it within your industry? Certain sectors like construction have legal professionals who only work in this field.

2. Understand qualifications and the right to practice

Lawyers all take the same exams depending on whether they are training to be a barrister or a solicitor and thereafter, they build up experience in a chosen field; there are no further specialist exams. There are different routes to qualify as a lawyer in the UK, but every solicitor must pass the SQE (Solicitors Qualifying Examination) and have been admitted to the Roll by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) regardless of where and how they trained. The equivalent for barristers is the bar exams and being called to the bar which means they are authorised to practice.

Some international lawyers can be granted a partial exemption from some of the SQE based on their previous qualifications and experience. They still must be admitted to the Roll to be able to practice in England and Wales. Foreign legal jurisdictions have their own qualification requirements so if you are using an international lawyer who has not qualified in the UK then you need to be able to identify their type of qualification and establish whether they are authorised to practice in that country.

3. Use your business contacts

Within your business life, you will have contacts both friendly and competitive. Look at which firms they use and consider a personal recommendation from someone you trust. Your legal work will always be completely confidential. For routine legal matters, there should be no conflict of interest but for commercial negotiation and litigation, you may need to use a different firm to represent your interests if your usual lawyer is already acting for the other party.

4. Consider the best jurisdiction

If your business is cross-border, then choosing a lawyer or law firm that understands both jurisdictions is essential. Many larger firms have offices in the US or Europe and so can manage your interests and represent you in more than one jurisdiction.

Conclusion

Finding the right lawyer is an essential component of any successful business. It is crucial to find the right legal input to protect your commercial interests and to help your business thrive and develop.