How to save on legal fees

Money is a big factor when choosing a solicitor, but get it wrong and you might have wished you’d invested a bit more.

The cost of a solicitor tends to depend on the service you are looking for however, there are a few ways to keep costs down.

Getting free help

If you cannot get legal aid or you cannot afford to pay for your own solicitor or barrister, there are several charities or volunteer lawyers who might be able to help.

Try before you buy

Ok, so this doesn’t really apply to law firms, but many offer a free consultation so you have the option to speak to the solicitor, understand your options, the costs and then decide whether or not to proceed.

Natasha Batty, Principal solicitor at Natasha Hall Law, explains the two- way benefit of a free consultation

By offering a free consultation we can let the client know how much compensation (if any) they may be entitled to, as well as making sure we think they have a chance of winning.

Contact Citizens Advice

Contact your nearest Citizens Advice to find out if they can advise on your problem. Generally, problems that they might be able to help with are those which concerns:

  • benefits;
  • debt;
  • discrimination;
  • employment rights;
  • family;
  • health or social care;
  • housing and homelessness; and
  • immigration and asylum.

Get help with a consumer problem

You can reach out to Citizens Advice’s consumer helpline if in case you are dealing with a consumer-related problem.

Find a law centre

A solicitor or a trained legal adviser at a law centre will also be able to give you legal advice. Find your nearest law centre on the Law Centres Network website. Law centres are generally covering problems which concern:

  • benefits;
  • community care;
  • discrimination;
  • education;
  • employment;
  • family;
  • housing and homelessness; and
  • immigration and asylum.

Getting free legal advice

A solicitor may still be able to take on your case as part of their pro bono work if in case you are not qualified for legal aid. Pro bono work is free legal help for people who specifically cannot afford to pay for legal services and those who do not qualify for legal aid.

Pro bono work is purely voluntary and solicitors are held with no obligation to do it yet there are many solicitors who choose to work pro bono to make sure that everyone has access to justice.

Legal aid has been the UK’s primary source of free legal help for the longest time—but recently, it’s getting harder to have access to it. This is in a result of cuts in funding and changes to the Government’s payment terms to firms who are providing legal aid. There have been several arguments over fees that led to some solicitors and barristers taking action. Others, on the other hand, just stopped providing legal aid.

As a result, the number of firms providing legal aid in England has fallen by 20% and in Wales by 29% since 2012. Although there are still several other organisations provide free or subsidised assistance in various forms, not everyone will be eligible for free legal advice which means that many cases would be better suited to paid advice from a solicitor.

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