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I must tell you that I am a litigator but I do not work in the field of clinical negligence.
As a Solicitor - I can however tell you what some of the terminology means.
Top Ranked Chambers - relates to barristers chambers. Although Solicitors can represent you at court - they are the ones that are responsible for the day to day handling of your file. A barrister may be instructed by a solicitor to undertake a hearing on your behalf and this will be the barristers job.
If when you have choosen a solicitor - a barrister is going to be instructed to represent you at a hearing - then you could ask your solicitor if such barrister is from a top ranked chambers.
Legal 500 - relates to the largest 500 law firms. It is up to you as to whether or not this is right choice for you. They will have more staff - but you may prefer a more local expert.
The Law Society Clinical Negligence - is a law society accrediation scheme which the solicitor would have applied for and proved competence in the area to be accepted. You do want to look for this.
AvMA - is a charity - a solicitor can also apply to be assessed by them as competent. This is also a quality mark that you should be looking for.
I would reccomend that you shortlist a few - then ask for a free legal advice sesssion / telephone appointment. You can then during these appointments decide who you feel has the best expertise to do the job for you.
I hope that this helps.
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Slater & Gordon and Irwin Mitchell - are two that I personally know - but from a different area of litigation. I cant say in respect of this field but they are both well known national firms.
All 5 have Avma and the law society accrediation on their websites - so its going to come down as to who you think you can work with best.
I would push for a free consultation then make you choice. Perhaps ask how much of the case work the solicitor actually does themselves - often large teams will have lots of paralegals. The solicitor might just oversee / amend their work.
If a firm has a Lexcel accrediation - then they have been considered by the law society as having met the standards set by the scheme in respect of management and dealing with clients (in simple terms).
It is something you should look for - most reputable firms will have this accreditation. I doubt that there will be any from your list of 5 that dont.
Its not something I would immediatley know.
The answer to this is also - a round bout question dependant on who was giving out such an award. The law society dont make such awards. There is no test by which they would do so.
If you do find any such awards - look at how it was decided - such a customer poll etc?
The only one your going to be able to maybe get a recommendation from would be AvMa.
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Sorry I am a little lost. I dont know what that message is.
As previously explained - top ranked chambers does not relate to solicitors it relates to barristers. Legal 500 - is the top 500 firms.
Your best referring to AvMa.
Does that clarify?
I would imagine that AvMa would expect that you should get the same level of service from your solicitor whatever the funding is. I expect that they would consider that any solicitor accrediated by them would act in your best interest whatever the funding.
I act for both legal aid and private and I do not differentiate between my clients. Solicitors are under a duty to act in their clients best interest at all times - this is not dependant on funding.
yes but they are also taking a chance that they might not get paid. Your solicitor should give you the same level of service however it is funded.
I dont think the Avma will have the answer to that but a chat with the solicitors they reccomend in respect of the funding options they offer wil let you know what options you have.