Supporting Clients Through Expert Legal Advice

Let’s face it. Legal issues are complicated and confusing. Unfortunately, whether you are buying or selling property, making a Will or trying to set up a business these complicated issues follow us around. Facing these issues can feel daunting.

Fortunately, solicitors are experts in their field and can effectively support their clients through sound legal advice. Ultimately, this helps reduce the stress the client will face throughout the process. Our trainee solicitor, Amy Palin lays out how she supports clients, providing them peace of mind that their matter is being dealt with promptly, professionally and with the client at the forefront.

As a solicitor, explain to us how you help your clients on a day-to-day basis.

Solicitors provide a service based on instructions received.  And it is important to remain alert to issues surrounding the primary reason a client is coming to you for advice. There may be wider considerations, or other services we can offer, of which the client may not have been aware. It is also important to provide a high level of client care, particularly if there are complex legal issues involved, to ensure the client fully understands their matter.

How do you work to build trust with your clients? Why is this important?

It is vital to be open with clients from the outset! Especially in relation to timescale, costs and the practical issues surrounding their matter. Maintaining good communication is the most effective way to build trust. Sometimes there may be an unforeseen issue or delay beyond immediate control. However, I usually find that as long as I communicate the issue promptly or assure the client I am still actively working on their matter, this maintains a positive relationship with the client.

In terms of solving legal issues, how do you support your clients throughout the process?

As above, communication is key! It is important to cut out legal jargon and explain legal issues in plain language. I always encourage questions, as this is the best way to not only make sure the clients understand everything, but also to help me improve the way I serve clients in future.

Do you ever find yourself providing support and advice on wider issues related to your client’s case?

All of the time! Asking open questions is a great way to get a fuller understanding of the client’s needs. There are other matters that arise once a client finishes a case. For example, if a client is purchasing a property, they might benefit from creating or updating their will to reflect this. Of course, this might not be something at the forefront of their minds. It’s the solicitor’s responsibility to be proactive in providing advice in these situations.

What do you enjoy most about working with and supporting your clients?

The opportunity to work closely with people and develop relationships with them is incredibly rewarding. Especially in the moments when the work itself is a grind. Additionally, I find their experiences can often provide me with context to the issues on which I am advising. It can be easy to focus only on the legal rules and principles, so real examples of these in practice can remind me of the practical benefits and importance of the advice we provide, as well as help me to help clients more effectively in future.

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CJCH has experienced professionals offering advice in wide areas of personal and business law. We provide bespoke legal service and high-quality advice. Get in touch with a member of our team today.

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Communicating with Clients and Cutting through Legal Jargon

Communicating effectively with clients is essential for a productive client-solicitor relationship. Solicitors must take care to ensure that communication with clients is clear and tailored. It is important clients get the first-rate service they paid for. Our trainee solicitor, Amy Palin, sat down to discuss how she cuts through legal jargon and tailors advice so that both client and solicitor are always on the same page.

How do you help your clients understand their case when it comes to more complicated aspects and legal jargon?

I always try to simplify everything without patronising the client. It’s easy to get into the habit of using legal jargon with colleagues in the office, but when speaking to the client take care to explain the matter in plain language. I try to find examples that are more likely to stick in their mind, so that the client feels they know how their matter is being handled. Finally, I encourage the client to ask questions and create an environment where they feel comfortable doing so.

Every client is unique, how do you approach tailoring your advice to make sure their individual needs are met?

When taking instructions, I always start with an open discussion as to how the needs of the client can be met. This broadens the scope of the discussion and might reveal other concerns they may have. Ultimately, by getting to know the client and their concerns it means we can work out what the client needs. This is the best way to deliver a satisfactory conclusion to their matter.

Do you do anything aside from the usual emails and face to face meetings to communicate with clients?

At CJCH we try to accommodate our clients as best as we can. For our clients based overseas we can arrange Skype/conference calls. Furthermore, our diverse team speaks over 22 languages, which means we can usually deal with any translations for clients in-house rather than relying on an outside interpreter for communicating.

What are the benefits of clients feeling that they can ask a solicitor questions and then actually doing so?

When a client asks questions, they will have a better understanding of their matter. Additionally, it is good for the client-solicitor relationship if the client does not feel removed from the details & complexities of the process, they will likely be more satisfied with the service. Furthermore, clients asking questions forces me to challenge the way I respond and shows me areas where I might improve to provide clients a better service in future.

What tips would you give to clients when it comes to having open communication with a solicitor?

Ask questions! Always tell your solicitor if what they are saying does not make sense. Doing this at the outset will usually make the matter proceed more smoothly and efficiently. It is also the best way for law firms and solicitors to develop and make progress as to the best ways to meet clients’ needs.

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CJCH is committed to providing expert, clear and tailored advice on a wide range of personal and business law matters. Speak to a qualified member of our team today. Get in touch via:

Telephone: 0333 231 6405

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