I was a Bright Kid at School

Now I was a fairly bright kid at school, however I messed around and didn’t bother going on to university, not one of my best moves, but it was a long time ago and if I had my time again I certainly would do a few things very differently, but hindsight is a great thing, I wish it had been invented when I was a kid!

I was chatting to a friends son the other day, he is training to be a solicitor, I can’t remember the last time I spoke to someone so young with such a clear defined path planned out ahead of him. He went to an event while still at school and there was a stand there promoting the legal profession, so he got chatting with someone from the law society who told him what he needed to know to get started or at least find out the information he needed to start working towards it as a career. I personally would imagine that the potentially huge salaries would have won him over, perhaps I should have had that same conversation at his age too.

He is currently studying at college, I can’t remember exactly what he said his course was, it wasn’t something I would have immediately associated with a career in Law, but apparently it’s a good foundation course to get you a place in a top university to study for a law degree which is what he ultimately needs.  From there he will have to apply for positions at law firms and possibly specialise at this stage too, I suppose living round this area he will be hoping to get a job with a firm of solicitors in swindon as he doesn’t want to spend all his time traveling while he is starting out, he is planning to keep on learning and feels that a long commute would be a waste of his time.

Of course, he will need to decide what he is going to specialise in pretty early too, as there is no point in going to a firm who specialise in criminal law if he will ultimately be one of the clinical negligence solicitors or studying the ins and outs of business and corporate law if he will be a personal injury solicitor.

There is also the whole big corporate company, or small or even self employed approach to consider. The money must be in owning your own practice, but there is also a lot of responsibility associated with that, you could do the whole accident type of no win no fee thing, as I have heard that the government are going to start tightening up on who can claim legal aid, so he suggested that could be a growing market.

I have no doubt that he will do very well for himself and as long as he keeps studying and sticks to the plan, he should be a practicing solicitor in no time.

Making a Claim

We do seem to be following a bit of a pattern in the UK, following that of the US when it comes to many types of legal claims, not to mention the fact that all those no win no fee adverts which are all over the TV on weekday morning, tucked in with the loans adverts in between the housewives favorite Jeremy Kyle and some program about finding old tat in the loft or garage and then selling it to some poor unsuspecting soul at the local auction.

Anyway, the point being that the US culture of making legal claims has well and truly spread to the UK and that’s not to mention the fact that we are even calling them injury lawyers now, surely in UK language they should be called an accident swindon crown courtsolicitor or something similar? But again I expect that’s partly down to those big legal firms who dominate the advertising on daytime TV.

So what do these companies do? Well in very broad terms if you have had an accident of any type, be it a trip or fall, car accident, a medical problem which could be attributed back to the NHS or private health care professional, you may have cause to make a claim and this is where a firm of no win no fee solicitors will be able to help you. Whilst they do essentially serve the same purpose, it’s worth noting that many of the large companies out there who offer this type of service aren’t actually a firm of solicitors, sure they have or at least have access to legal professionals, but the people you speak to on the phone are just administrative people and dealing with them means you may never actually speak to a solicitor yourself.

On the other hand there are quite a lot of smaller local firms of solicitors who do offer the same no win no fee service but you will get to speak to the solicitor and probably even go to their offices to meet them or they may even do home visits. Although it seems like a major thing for solicitors to actually come to your house, it makes a lot of sense as, firstly you aren’t paying them if it’s a no win no fee situation, but also the reason they do this sometimes is because  the client may be incapacitated in some way.  If it’s a medical case, the client could be laid up in bed so although they are entitled to compensation would never be able to get it without home visits by their solicitor.

 

legal

This isn’t one of those things which people put on their website to say how they will or won’t use your information, I’m not quite sure if I should have one on here or not actually, probably not seeing as I don’t collect anyone’s information anyway, so just for the record, if I do, I will not sell it or give it to anyone. The only people who do give me their details are the spammers, who leave me a pointless comment on a post along with a link back to their website, they get deleted, but I wonder where I stand on the legal side of that if I were to gather up all those email addresses and give them all to someone else who will constantly market them, now there’s a funny thought.

I do have a friend who’s a lawyer, although he specializes in medical cases and getting compensation for his clients, so although he is a very well respected solicitor and he has won some very high profile cases, he almost certainly wouldn’t be in swindon courtsa position to offer advice on internet disclaimers. That would be a bit like going to a dinner party and realizing the person across the table from you is a nurse and then bothering them with your ailments all night, although I expect they are so used to it that they are experienced in fending people like that off.

I suppose I could find a legal statement on somebody elses website and adapt it for my own needs, or just ask my no win no fee solicitor friend if he knows someone who could write it for me, but no doubt that would come at a price.

Hmm, I appear to have done it again, started writing with something in mind, then digressed to the point that the entire post is about something else!