There are many things that you could do to ensure that you win your court case, whether you are the claimant or a defendant. Below is a simple checklist for you to consider before you take any action:
- Get a list of Good Reputable Lawyers
Make sure you have done some research at your local Bar Council. Most of them will publish a list of their members’ contact and specialties online. If not, you can always call them or walk into their office to get a copy of lawyers’ directory who have the licence to practise in your jurisdiction.
You can also enquire the date on which the lawyers have been admitted to the Bar, which basically show the number of years the lawyer has been in practise. This, however, does not necessarily mean that the lawyer has expertise in the area of law which is required in your case.
2. Big Law Firm or Small Law Firm
Whether you will need to hire lawyers from a big law firm will depend on the complexity of your court case. If you have a highly complex court case, and if this requires lawyers with competency in different areas of law, then you may not be able to get this from a sole proprietor law firm.
In addition to this, you should also consider the resources as well as the level of attention that the lawyer will give to your court case. Bigger law firms may have the resources but you may end up not getting the level of attention that your case require because the lawyers in bigger firms usually have higher overheads to cover, hence, larger pressure to get more billable hours and files.
Smaller firms may not have resources comparable to bigger law firms, however, they have lower overheads and will generally be able to place more attention to your court case.
3. Interview the Shortlisted Lawyers
After you have shortlisted the lawyers, call and make an appointment to meet them individually. It is impossible for you to be sure that the lawyers you are interviewing is competent in the area of law you require, especially if you are unfamiliar with the law itself. However, during the interview, you will need to go with your gut feel from observing his body language and how he answers your questions, and whether you are generally comfortable dealing with him.
In addition, you should get confirmation from the lawyer that you were speaking to that he or she will be the one who is handling your case and it will not be passed on to another lawyer (worse is if it is passed on to a more junior lawyer) to handle your case. It is not uncommon for a senior lawyer to be assisted by junior lawyers. However, you should get the assurance from the lawyer that he will oversee your case in its entirety all the way to the end of the case.
4. Case Management
Hiring a good and reputable lawyer is not the end of your tasks. Throughout the legal proceedings, you should keep yourself up to date with the progress of your case. If your lawyer does not update you frequent enough, make sure you make that known to him or her, and request that you are updated with everything that is going on with your case.
This is especially important when there are filing datelines, injunctions and other matters which require actions from your part. The last thing you need is to have very little time to fulfil the court’s requirements.
It is crucial that you have a good communication line with your lawyer throughout the course of the legal proceeding.
If you have hired a good and reputable lawyer, and take positive actions towards managing the court case together with your lawyer in the course of the whole legal proceeding, then you would have won half the battle.
The hardest part is actually to find a good and suitable lawyer to represent you for your case. BIK Consulting assist clients in searching for and shortlisting the most suitable lawyers for their cases, taking into account the circumstances of the case as well as the client’s financial and personal requirements.
Should you require funding for your legal case, you may contact BIK Consulting to enquire about our non-recourse litigation funding solution.
In addition, to find our more about the strength and weaknesses of your case and suggestions on various legal strategy that you can adopt, you can use BIK Consulting’s Court Case Prediction tool which is available for free.