Accountants recommend using a Solicitor

The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) produces some good guidance for small business.  Amongst these is a guide ‘Business law and using a solicitor’.

This is what it says.  We think this is good advice.  We hope you will be recommended to Harris & Harris by our clients and professional contacts.  We can offer you specialist advice at a reasonable cost.  If we can’t help we will try to recommend someone who can.

Choosing a solicitor

Start with the basic information sources.

  • Friends and other business contacts, who can recommend solicitors they have used.
  • Professionals, such as bank managers and accountants.
  • Your local business support organisation, Chamber of Commerce or Enterprise Agency.
  • Print and online directories and advertisements.

Personal recommendations are usually the best source. Always ask:

  • What was the solicitor hired to do?
  • Is the solicitor a specialist?
  • Was the solicitor approachable, effective and easy to get on with?
  • How much did it cost?

Be prepared to pay extra for a more experienced and effective solicitor.

Most small businesses find it preferable to use a small firm of solicitors.

  • Your business will be a valued client.
  • Costs are usually lower.
  • It may be easier to build up a good relationship with the individuals.

Even good small business solicitors will not be able to do everything, and will recognise their limitations.

  • Ask how much experience your solicitor has of your particular problem.

Would a specialist be better? Can they recommend someone suitable?