The standard to be expected of a solicitor

Overview

So what are you entitled to expect from your solicitor? Like any other profession, there are some very good solicitors, some average solicitors and some poor solicitors. Joe Public is unlikely to be able to spot one from the other unless he has at least some legal knowledge or the advice provided is so poor that suspicions are inevitably raised.

A client has no automatic right to expect the very best advice that money can buy, and just because another solicitor might have done a better job doesn’t mean that your solicitor has fallen below the legal standard expected of him. But when will poor advice fall below the minimum standard that the law requires for you?