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As an LLB graduate who has just finished the BPTC, am I in

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As an LLB graduate who has just finished the BPTC, am I in principle (if not in experience) qualified to start a legal consultancy business of my own?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ash replied 2 years ago.
Alex Watts : Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.
Alex Watts : Will you be offering legal advice or conducting litigation please?
JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

Hey Alex! I will not be conducting any litigation, and my legal advice is sort of in the grey area. I am helping a few start ups with drafting consulting and sales contracts, as well as helping them draft emails that are leading to a litigation. Regarding the latter, I have told them that they must get a qualified lawyer. But I would like to continue to help them with the contracts.

JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

I assisted with a negotiation as well as preparation for a mediation.

JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

Seeing as another start up has approached me to help them now, I am thinking of setting up a legal consultancy practice to engage with while I still stay on track towards obtaining a pupillage.

JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

Bad idea/good idea?

JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

Alex?

JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

Is the question beyond the rate of pay?

Alex Watts :

Thank you. As long as you are not offering formal legal advice you will be ok

Alex Watts :

You can not hold yourself out to be a Solicitor or Barrister as you know as you wont be fully qualified.

Alex Watts :

But you can say you are a paralegal

Alex Watts :

So as long as you are not offering formal advice then you will be fine.

Alex Watts :

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- : Yes, what constitutes 'formal advice'? Is it the content of it that makes it formal, or the way I put myself forward?
Alex Watts : The fact that a customer would think you are giving formal advice.
Alex Watts : As long as you are not holding yourself out as giving advice you will be ok
Alex Watts : Does that help?
JACUSTOMER-w9doh86d- :

Yes, thanks!

Alex Watts : Is there anything else I can clarify for you?
Alex Watts :

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