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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    What is the difference between a local and a national law firm?


    What is the difference between a local and a national law firm?

    Someone who is seeking compensation for an accident or injury that was not their own fault will want the best legal advice available. Whether they go with a local legal firm or instead choose to use a national law firm for their case is entirely up to them. Each option has its own advantages and disadvantages, and hence will suit a range of clients.

    In terms of a local solicitor, the client may already know people who work in a firm and may be happy to use them because of this. The solicitor may have dealt with the client on previous occasions or may even have knowledge of the claim the client intends to make. Some people prefer to “shop local,” and using a local legal firm is an extension of that. Some people just like the personal touch and prefer dealing with others on a one-to-one basis. Perhaps a local solicitor has been used by a family member or friend on a previous occasion and comes highly recommended. In that case, the person seeking compensation for an accident or injury may be comfortable knowing that the solicitor has dealt with someone whose opinion they themselves trust and value. A local solicitor may have built up a solid reputation in the local area or they may be known for taking successful cases in a particular area of the law – in this case, personal injury compensation.

    When it comes to dealing with a national law firm, a key advantage is scale. A national law firm will typically have the resources to commit to a personal injury claim, especially a case that appears complex. A national firm will typically have teams of specialists with a broad base of knowledge and experience. In respect of a particularly complex case in which there is not much case law to fall back on, a national provider may be preferable as the firm is likely to have had at least some exposure to such a situation.

    Nationally-based firms often operate on the basis of free consultations, which a local solicitor may not necessarily be able to provide, owing to the costs associated with such for a smaller operation. Of course, a personal injury case will in the vast majority of instances be taken on a no win no fee basis, in which case the client does not have to worry about paying any money upfront, whether their legal provider is locally or nationally based. No win no fee also means that the client will not have to pay any costs if their case for compensation proves unsuccessful in court.

    Accident Advice Helpline are here to help those clients seeking compensation with any questions they might have about the personal injury claims process. Those contacting Accident Advice Helpline can be assured that it will appoint a lawyer based on a client’s particular needs and situation. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 to make your claim.

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    Date Published: October 10, 2013

    Author: David Brown

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