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A recent case heard before the president of the High Court concerning a solicitor who has been struck off the roll of solicitors for misconduct, highlights the need for every person to make sure that when hiring a solicitor, they are sure that they can trust him/her.

In addition to the above, here are 6 important tips which every potential client should be aware of before hiring a solicitor.

1.Hire someone you feel you can work with

Perhaps the most fundamental and human part of this is, will they get on with the solicitor? If for example if you were bringing a claim for personal injury, you could work with the solicitor for a year or two or maybe, in some cases, even longer. If you don’t like the person you’re working with, this could have an adverse effect on the progress of the case through the Injuries Board and through the courts as the last thing you will want to do is deal with the annoying person who’s trying to bring the action on your behalf.

2. Trust your instinct

If you get an uneasy feeling about a solicitor at the first or second meeting with him, then there’s a good chance that there might be something wrong. Each of us has an innate subconscious understanding of when something isn’t quite right. Go with your gut! If you don’t trust him now you’re unlikely to trust him in 12 months’ time!

3. Make sure they are insured

You should never be afraid to ask what your solicitors insurance cover is like. All solicitors must have professional Indemnity Insurance. There are different levels of cover available to the solicitor to cover different financial levels. If you have a claim which is worth two or three million euros or are buying a house or involving yourself in a commercial transaction which is worth say, €2m then if the solicitor only has professional indemnity Insurance for €1.5m, then you may want to seek your professional assistance elsewhere.

Bonus tip! You can check a law firm’s indemnity cover level here

4. Get an expert for your particular case

What speciality does your solicitor have? Not every solicitor is a general practice solicitor. Most solicitors have a speciality. For instance, my main field of work is in personal injury law although I do practice in other areas also. If you are retaining a solicitor to act in an employment law case, you’re unlikely to seek a personal injury solicitor and, likewise, if you have a personal injury matter you’re unlikely to retain a solicitor who mainly deals in house purchases and sales. Look at the solicitor’s website which would normally tell you what the solicitor does or does not do.

5. Talk about money

Don’t be afraid to ask about costs. A good law firm will try to be as open as possible about future cost for a case and, details in relation to costs should be set out to clients in writing prior to the retaining of the former Don’t just to go for whoever is the cheapest as invariably you get what you pay for. Similarly, if something is very expensive and prohibitively slow, don’t be afraid to shop around.

6. Get ‘Social Proof’

If you still don’t know who to go for, look at their online reviews from reputable sources such as Google. While you may be tempted to think that a lot of testimonials are written by the solicitor themselves on their own websites, there are strict rules surrounding the publication of such testimonials and proof can be sought to ensure that the people involved actually exist. Better again, talk to family and friends to see if they can recommend a solicitor to you who they have used in the past.

To get in touch with Carmody Moran, our contact details are here.

INDEPENDENT GOOGLE CLIENT REVIEWS

Fantastic experience dealing with Anthony. Excellent and quick communication. Would highly recommend!
Anant Batra
Anant Batra
00:05 05 Feb 21
Great service, efficient, proffesional, very responsive. Over all very happy with services.
Elvyra Petkeviciute
Elvyra Petkeviciute
15:43 02 Sep 20
Would highly recommend Anthony and his team .
Tracy Ankers
Tracy Ankers
11:22 02 Aug 20
Really pleased with the advice, help, communication and understanding that I received all the way through my case. A very personable and professional firm with the focus always on the client.
Elaine McSweeney
Elaine McSweeney
10:01 31 Jul 20
Would highly recommend. No nonsense straight to the point. Kept informed at all times during the process. Anthony and staff all great.
Millie Ellen Toys and Unicorns Millie Ellen
Millie Ellen Toys and Unicorns Millie Ellen
13:47 12 May 20
Great team to deal with, very professional, communication from them constantly was beyond amazing, nothing but great things to say for them, Tony went above and beyond for me, highly recommended A++ for there service, thank you again guys much appreciated.
Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly
02:11 06 Feb 20
My experience with this law firm was exceptional. Tony is a very professional man who gave me his time and opinion without over promising on the result. Honest and trustworthy - Highly recommend
Mick Giles
Mick Giles
15:50 09 Dec 19
Absolute pleasure working with the CM team. Highly professional, always helpful. Great communication and made the process as hassle free as possible. Highly recommended.
david clarke
david clarke
17:01 02 Dec 19
Streetfront Lawyers.
Matthew Canning
Matthew Canning
17:17 23 May 19
Professional Solicitors that you can depend on!
Alan Alyyan
Alan Alyyan
19:14 21 Jan 19
We have dealt with both, Niamh and Anthony. Very pleased with the level of service. Very professional and always there to answer any questions we had while guiding us through the process. Highly recommended
Vanja Jovanovic
Vanja Jovanovic
07:49 06 Jul 18
Great to deal with professional,patient and efficient. Big thanks to Niamh, Leanne and Camilla .
eileen hoey
eileen hoey
07:52 14 Jun 18
Great service from Niamh, Leanne and all the team at Carmody Moran. Thanks
declan mcgrath
declan mcgrath
07:36 12 Jun 18
Our experience with Carmody Moran was very positive. They were very professional and always there on the phone if I ever needed anything. Great service.
Phyllis Dalton
Phyllis Dalton
16:33 31 May 18
We selected Carmody Moran to represent us. Great experience with Niamh and the crew after over a year engagement on property dealings have nothing but great things to say. Very professional, prompt to queries and very responsive. Highly recommended.
Andrew Penrose
Andrew Penrose
23:57 24 May 18
Professional but very friendly and courteous.
Paul Moran
Paul Moran
17:52 25 Feb 18
I went to Carmody after deciding to get a house. I found their work is detailed and very reliable. I will go again to them for next time legal service.
jingjing xu
jingjing xu
16:11 15 Jun 15
I went to Carmody Moran Solicitors after a car accident and needed injury claim advice, I was incredibly impressed and was kept well informed of how my claim was progressing.They were very straight forward and never set unrealistic time frames or over promising but delivered on everything, They were consummate professionals and I really can't thank them enough, I would highly recommend them to anyone and I will use them for any legal advice I may have in the future.
David McGowan
David McGowan
16:43 14 May 15
I have always found the service offered by Carmody Moran to be first rate and i would would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Terry Palmer
Terry Palmer
15:24 23 Apr 15
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