Is it usual or ethical for a contract lawyer, who only deals with non-contentious issues, to take on a potential libel case?
HI Alex. I am concerned that my solicitor has taken on more than they are qualified to cope with. If a case has the potential to be contentious early on, would it be ethical for a non-contentious contract lawyer to take that case on? Or would they take it on, up until the point where the courts became involved?
I have one more question.
If the contract lawyer was initially investigating a contract's legal status. And, in the course of that investigation, the issue of libel (vis a vis an attempt to discredit a client's business reputation) came up, would you expect the contract lawyer to advise and act (eg by issuing a cease and desist letter) on the libel issue. Or refer the client to a libel specialist?
The solicitor eventually reversed out of the case. But much too late in my opinion. I have been left with a huge bill and but no real improvement on my situation. I have had to find a new solicitor and go through the whole process with them, costing time and money.