A solicitor agent is a solicitor who has been instructed by a third party law firm to carry out works on its behalf. The most common type of works carried out by solicitor agents is advocacy (representing a party in court) but it is not unusual to carry out other works such as conveyancing and debt collection.
When solicitors have a case that is being heard in a court that is far away from their local court, it is often too expensive to attend court on behalf of their client. Travel time and travel expenses may well exceed the cost of the hearing, especially if the hearing is listed to take 20 minutes. Therefore solicitors will often instruct other solicitors (from law firms’ local to the court venue) as this is often cheaper and more efficient for the client.
The added benefit of using a solicitor instead of an outdoor clerk agency (that often use unqualified personal) is that a solicitor is a qualified and experienced advocate. The alternative would be to instruct counsel (barrister) but this can be expensive and will normally exceed what is saved by not travelling across the country.
Solicitor agents can also be used when local knowledge is required. At Edward Hands and Lewis our litigation department have been instructed by firms across Europe to carry out works in England. This is because legal systems and the law vary from one country to the next and it would also be very expensive to fly from Madrid, Paris or Milan to represent a client in a one day court hearing.
If you would like more information about our outdoor clerking services or would like to obtain a quote, please get in touch with Edward Webb on 0116 268 8951.
Paul is our Managing Director in Leicester. All of our staff in Leicester are experts in their fields and dedicated to quality client care. If you would like to find out more about our solicitors in Leicester please contact us.
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