For many people, seeking legal advice is a big step. The law and its intricacies can appear to be a daunting prospect. Fortunately, your experience of the law does not need to be this way. At Simpkins & Co, we are passionate about making the law accessible through providing a friendly, compassionate and uncomplicated service.
It is likely that the first time you encounter the law will be a time when you face trauma, emotional upset or distress. At this time you will want to know what to expect and what the first steps are. The first step in dealing with a legal issue is to seek a free consultation. In this article, we will outline what happens during a free legal consultation.
Our Guide To A Free Consultation
Your free consultation can be conducted over the phone or in person, depending on the reason you are seeking advice.
If your legal issue relates to employment or immigration law, we would usually suggest that you have a phone consultation. Typically, this will take up to 30 minutes. If you want to instruct us after this consultation, we will ask you to visit our office so that we can discuss the next steps with you.
For serious personal injuries or clinical negligence matters, we will arrange a free in-person consultation with you to discuss your case further. If it would be more convenient for us to meet you at home or even in hospital, we are happy to arrange this. An in-person consultation of this kind will last longer due to the details that would need to be discussed. Depending on the complexity of the case, you may require a second free consultation. We understand that you need to feel we are the right firm to handle your claim; you can expect us to provide you with all the information that you need to make an informed decision.
During a free legal consultation, you can expect us to:
Discuss your legal issue
We will take the time to listen to you and find out about the legal issue you are facing. At this stage, we may also ask you some questions so that we can ascertain the best course of action. If you have any questions, you will have the opportunity to ask them.
Outline the next steps
Once we have discussed your legal issue with you and answered your initial questions, we will outline the next steps required to resolve it. By detailing the next steps, we aim to bring a sense of clarity so that you can make an informed decision about how you would like to proceed.
Provide an estimate of the costs and likely timescale for resolving your legal issue
We recognise that clients wish to find out about the costs and timescale of resolving a legal issue as soon as possible. In recognition of this, during your consultation, we will provide an estimate of the costs and likely timescale for resolution. In some cases, especially those involving serious, complex personal injury or clinical negligence, it may be difficult to estimate a timescale, but this will all be explained fully to you.
We will also discuss the various options for funding a legal case. Depending on your issue, you may find that we are able to offer you a no win, no fee agreement or that your legal costs are covered by legal expenses insurance on your home insurance, car insurance or travel insurance policies.
If you need help and support with a legal matter, book a free initial consultation now
About Simpkins & Co
Simpkins & Co is an accredited law firm that specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence, business, employment and litigation law. We have been providing professional and friendly legal advice for over a decade throughout the South Coast and London. Our clients are served from our Dorset office in Highcliffe and our office in London.