Apparently the Legal Services Consumer Panel, in a submission made today to the Legal Education and Training Review (known as the LETR), has recommended that solicitors become more specialist. In particular they are recommending that solicitors become regularly re-accredited in any particular skill – a clear move to speed up the move away from the GP or general practitioner solicitor. Whilst there are advantages in keeping all your legal affairs with just one individual solicitor, I simply can’t see how that single solicitor can keep up-to-date and be competent in too many disciplines. Would you trust a solicitor who claims to cover conveyancing, wills, probate, family, civil litigation, employment and personal injury – there are solicitors out there who do exactly that. Or would you rather put your faith in the hands of solicitor who is a real specialist in his or her chosen field.
Our personal injury and medical negligence team are genuine specialists – that’s all they do and they are members of a number of specialist panels, requiring regular reaccreditation to prove that membership, including
• Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel
• AvMA Solicitor’s Panel
• Spinal Injuries Association Specialist Solicitors Panel
• Law Assist Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitor’s Panel
• Law Society Personal Injury Panel
We are also one of only about 150 firms nationwide [out of 11,000 law firms in England and Wales] who has a have a legal aid franchise in Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury.
So the next time you need a solicitor – make sure you choose a real specialist.