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.
Can I advise on matters after my PII expires?
I’m a sole practitioner having difficulties renewing my professional indemnity insurance (PII). I’ve had several quotes that are too expensive. I’m thinking about closing down my practice. Can I continue to advise on matters after my current PII expires?
Should I sign bills in my own name?
I am a newly qualified solicitor and have taken up a position in a small law firm. My previous employer insisted that all bills were signed in the name of the firm. The new firm require me to sign all bills in my own name. Which is the correct procedure?
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?