Nobody wants to end up in a legal dispute – they are time consuming, stressful, and can often be expensive. However, whether you are a business or an individual, instructing a litigation solicitor can provide a number of benefits, helping to resolve your dispute as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. If you are unsure whether you should instruct a solicitor or to try and tackle your dispute on your own, take a look at Darwin Gray’s five key benefits of instructing a litigation solicitor to assist in your dispute:
- Expert knowledge and experience: finding a litigation solicitor with specialist knowledge and experience in the area of law relevant to your dispute means you will have the benefit of someone who is able to provide expert advice and guidance on the best course of action, helping you understand your rights, options and the risks involved in your matter. They also have access to a wealth of legal materials, articles and precedents which they will be able to use to assist with your dispute.
- Strong negotiation skills: A litigation solicitor is trained in negotiation and can use these skills to help you reach a resolution without the need for an expensive and time consuming court case. They can conduct negotiations with the other party, arguing your case in correspondence, in meetings between the parties, and in mediation helping to reach a settlement which is agreeable to all parties.
- Effective court representation: If your dispute is not resolved through negotiation, a litigation solicitor will be able to provide you with effective representation in court proceedings. They will be familiar with the court procedures and will be able to argue your case logically and convincingly, presenting evidence to support your position, and providing the Court with a structured, compelling argument on your behalf. For more complex, high-value matters, they will work closely with a barrister who will advocate for you at Court.
- Protection of your interests: A litigation solicitor will help protect your rights and interests throughout the proceedings, from the first contact with your opponent right the way through to getting judgment from the Court. They know the potential risks and pitfalls, and the sort of mistakes to avoid which could otherwise harm your case, and should advise you on how to maximise the chances of recovering your legal costs from your opponent at the end of the matter. They will also be able to ensure that you do not miss any deadlines which are set by the Court or which are contained within the provisions of the Civil Procedure Rules.
- Peace of mind: having a legal expert dedicated to representing your interests can provide peace of mind and confidence that they will be able to help you achieve the best possible outcome. This can alleviate some of the stress and worry that legal proceedings can cause, allowing you to the time to concentrate on other aspects of your life or your business while your solicitor diligently works on your matter.
Whatever your dispute, it is almost always advisable to speak to a solicitor to seek specialist litigation advice. Their skills, knowledge and experience will give you the best chance of achieving a positive outcome, and will relieve you of the sort of stress and worries which come from conducting a dispute yourself.