Just as you would expect variability in the skills and service of any professional, not all labour lawyers provide the same level of service. So, what are some things to look for when hiring a labour lawyer?
It probably goes without saying that labour law is a specialized field and your lawyer should absolutely have experience with labour law. You want to know that your lawyer is successful and can provide evidence of this success. Labour lawyers are even further specialized, and some may have unique expertise in areas such as wrongful dismissal, human rights complaints, or negotiating employment contracts. Take the time to ensure your lawyer not only has experience in employment law, but also the area in which you need assistance.
Sometimes professionals in any field will say just about anything to land a client, and this can happen in law as well. You want to know you can trust your lawyer and that they are giving you realistic advice. Bold predictions or understated costs should be faced with some skepticism on the part of the client. Seek realistic advice that is based on a comprehensive review of your case and associated legislation.
Legalese can be difficult to navigate, so your lawyer needs to be able to communicate with you in terms you understand. But, beyond putting the law into lay terms, you also want to be able to communicate effectively with your lawyer. Are your questions answered in a timely manner? Can you contact your lawyer when you need them? Remember that good communication is the cornerstone of any successful relationship, and your communication needs are of primary importance – you’re the client!
Your legal journey may be a difficult one. Though the law should be objective, the experience of the law is not. The most effective lawyers argue your case with compassion and empathy. When it comes to labour law, your lawyer should be sensitive to your concerns regarding employment and the greater impact this has on your life.
Professionalism in law requires representatives to be organized and goal oriented. Timelines should be well-organized, advice should be delivered clearly, and schedules should be treated with the utmost respect. You can get a quick gauge of a labour lawyer’s professionalism by simply visiting their offices. Are the spaces maintained in a clean and orderly fashion, or are their piles of files and papers seemingly askew? Is support staff clear and concise in their communications? You shouldn’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but if you enter a law office and things are obviously disorganized, take this as a red flag.
You should always speak with at least two potential lawyers before finally hiring your labour lawyer. These tips should help you choose somebody who will represent you effectively, but at the end of the day you should also trust your instincts to a degree. Choose the lawyer that represents the values of the profession while also meeting your personal needs.DISCLAIMER: The content of this article, and this website generally, is not intended as legal advice and cannot be relied upon as legal advice. To provide legal advice on your problem, a lawyer must first understand your specific situation.
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