Using a solicitor

There are several times in your life when you might need to use a solicitor, for example when buying a house, starting a business or getting a divorce. It can be daunting trying to find the right one for you, and making sure everything goes smoothly. As we are an independent regulatory body, we cannot tell you which solicitor to use. However, we can give you a few tips to help you get the best from legal services.

It's important that you feel confident and well-informed, and that you are well-prepared before you start to instruct a solicitor or lawyer to make sure you get the best outcome, so we've prepared some information about

For a quick introduction to using legal services, read our leaflet Thinking of using legal services? What to expect (PDF, 4 pages, 511K). This information is also available in a shortened format (PDF, 2 pages, 498K) and several community languages.

You can find key facts about other types of lawyers and common legal problems such as going to court, family disputes, employment problems on the Legal Choices website.