What is the role of a Lawyer?

What is the role of a Lawyer?

The role of a Lawyer is to:

  • give you legal advice
  • tell you what your legal rights are
  • help you resolve your problem
  • represent you in a Court or Tribunal

At your first appointment, your lawyer should make you aware of: 

  • the likely cost of the case 
  • how they will charge for their service 

Your lawyer must keep you updated on costs throughout your case and give you a clear bill detailing the work completed and the amount charged. 


Before you meet your lawyer, you should: 

  • ask if you need to bring any documents 
  • prepare a list of questions you want to ask 
  • tell them if you are bringing someone with you to the meeting 
  • tell them if you have a disability and need a reasonable adjustment 

During the meeting your lawyer should: 

  • ask you to explain why you want legal advice and what you hope to achieve 
  • ask about the issues you know, or think, are involved 
  • explain the ways you can proceed and their advantages and disadvantages 
  • make you aware of the cost and time involved in your case 
  • refer you to a specialist for areas outside their knowledge 
  • identify what should be addressed urgently and any further documentation they need 
  • tell you what the next steps are, if applicable

After the meeting

If you have asked the lawyer to act for you, they should follow up the meeting with a letter or email which should contain the following:

  • confirmation of your instructions
  • the issues discussed in the meeting and next steps 
  • who will be dealing with your case on a day to day basis 
  • the estimated cost, agreed spending limit (if any) and timings 
  • details of professional indemnity insurance and their complaints procedure.

You should always keep your Lawyer updated about any changes to your personal or financial circumstances that may affect your case. 

La importancia social de la Abogacía: https://www.icas.es/importancia-social-abogacia/

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