Hunting for criminal defence barristers is a hard job, but it can be made easier if you know how to avoid the bad ones. If you are looking for some of the best legal work around, you should avoid anyone who displays any of the following signs. Hiring them means that you will not have the best chances of winning your case.
Bargain Basement Pricing
The reality is that you have to be willing to pay top dollar for great representation. There is no way you should expect to work with the best criminal defence barristers available if you are not willing to pay for them. The amount of time and money you will lose if you are convicted is far more than you will have to pay for a great barrister.
If you notice someone charging far less than anyone else around, you should look at this as a warning sign. They are trying to reel you in the same way a car salesman does, and this is not acceptable. While it is not necessary for you to choose the most expensive option, you should stay far away from those who are not charging very much.
You Cannot Get In Touch With Them
You should not expect to get in contact with a barrister right away when you are calling them, but it is not acceptable to hire someone who cannot be contacted at all. Barristers have court appearances and other responsibilities, which fill up a good amount of their day, but they should always try to return calls in a reasonable amount of time. If you have called more than once and received no response, you should definitely continue your search.
The Presence Of Illegitimate Reviews
These days, many people rely on user reviews to determine which barristers are worth their time. This is sometimes a mistake since all reviews are not as legitimate as they seem. If you read several reviews for a barrister and you notice they are not real, you should be wary of doing business with this person since it is likely they have paid people to leave nice feedback.
Common signs of no-good reviews include:
- Multiple misspellings
- Acknowledgement of never meeting the barrister in question
- Glowing review amongst thousands of bad ones
- Brief without being too detailed
- Sounding like sales copy
If you encounter any of these when you are reading reviews, you should certainly be mindful. Of course, there is a chance that one or more of these is present and the reviews are actually solid, but it is not something you should be willing to risk your freedom on.
Finding a great barrister is sometimes all about eliminating the ones that you don't feel will give you the edge when you step into a courtroom. If you notice any of the signs that are listed here when you are dealing with someone, it is fair to say that you can delete them from your list of possibilities.
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