Q and As
Our Q and As are examples of some of the recent questions that the Practice Advice Service has helped solicitors with. If you cannot find the answer you need, contact us.
What are my obligations to a client after an initial interview?
I’m a partner in a small litigation practice. We want to expand our client base and increase profitability. We’re considering offering initial fixed-fee interviews at a reduced hourly rate. What are our obligations to the client after the interview?
Does my client have to attend a directions hearing?
I’m a family law practitioner due to attend a directions hearing in the Family Court in two weeks’ time. My client has told me that they'll lose a day’s pay if they attend. As the hearing is purely procedural, does my client have to attend?
A client’s personal data has been accidentally disclosed. Can I delay reporting until I have the full facts?
I have been alerted to the accidental disclosure of a client’s personal data. I understand I must report this breach to the ICO, but from the sketchy details I have, I need to obtain further information. Can I delay reporting until I have the full facts?
Do I need confirmation from the mortgagee that I can receive redemption funds?
I am acting for a seller in a conveyancing transaction. There is a mortgage on the property. Do I need written authority from the seller’s mortgagee confirming that I am authorised to receive the redemption monies?