The actual and perceived cost of legal advice is one of the main reasons that people fear lawyers and fail to get legal advice.

This applies as much to individuals as businesses. SMEs are especially prone to legal advice deficit and (if truth be told) avoidance as well.

The cost of getting advice is a key contributor to the access to law gap that has become a very serious national issue.

But the good news is that there are a number of solutions that can help.

If there is not a pot of cash available to meet some or all of your legal fees, whether they are anticipated or not, here are some options:

Self-Help Legal Research– save the first 1-2 hours (maybe more) of legal fees by doing some online research using

Manage and Control your spending on legal fees: read our tips on how you can help manage your legal spend

Self-Help Legal Documents– buy and download a professionally drafted legal document for your own use at a fraction of the high street cost

Legal Advice Hub for individual and family matters 10 to 15 minutes of free telephone advice / transparent fees, cost estimates in advance, and no nasty surprises 

Legal Advice Hub for business– 10 to 15 minutes of free telephone advice + business advice meeting for £195 + VAT / Ask the expert service for 99.00 + VAT- including a 45 minutes face-to-face meeting with an experienced legal adviser 

Insurance– see how insurance can assist with meeting legal fees

Litigation Funding– see how professional funding can form part of the mix to help with legal fees

Crowd Funding– see how raising money from the public can help get advice and bring your case to court

Legal Aid– this Government scheme can help those in need and is worth considering is committed to helping you find answers to your personal and business legal questions and to helping you solve practical issues like finding and paying for a lawyer and finding and preparing legal documents for your own use.

Legal Fees Investigation

What the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) found in its extensive investigation into the Legal Profession:

The CMA reported in its extensive 2016 investigation into the Legal Profession that:

  1. Consumers often use legal services providers at critical moments in their lives.
  2. In these situations legal advice can have major personal and financial consequences.
  3. These consequences may not be possible to reverse or remedy.
  4. Consumers may be unable to judge the quality of legal services upfront, and may therefore face difficulties choosing a provider that meets their needs.
  5. Consumers have limited knowledge and awareness of their need for legal services.
  6.  Consumers need providers to be transparent about the price and quality of what they are offering in order to choose offers that represents the best value for money to address their legal needs.
  7. There is a lack of information on price, service and quality available to consumers when they try to engage in the legal sector.
  8. Individuals most frequently seek advice on:
  • Property matters 
  • Conveyancing
  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Estate management
  • Family matters
  • Accident or injury
  • Tenant & landlord problems 
  • Work problems

9. There are around 4.8 million private sector and 81,000 non-profit enterprises in the United Kingdom. The 99% of these with fewer than 50 employees account for more than 1/3 of turnover and around 1/2 of jobs outside the public sector. Small businesses operate in a world that is ‘flooded with law’. Thus, how they deal with problems with a legal dimension may be critical to their development and growth. 

Extract from: “In Need of Advice? Findings of a Small Business Legal Needs Benchmarking Survey- April 2013”

   10. Small businesses seek advice on:

  • Trading (38%)
  • Tax (22%)
  • Employees (15%) 
  • Intellectual property (9%)

For the full CMAs report on the Legal Services Market, Click Here

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