August 9, 2023

Top misconceptions around solicitors

This post was written by: Laaibah Bhatti

Misconceptions about solicitors. Many of these can arise from media portrayals, lack of understanding, or generalisations.

People may forget that solicitors are human too and we do have empathy for the situations that people may find themselves in.

In this article, we explore some common misconceptions and why they’re wrong.

“ Solicitors are grumpy and lack empathy “

Solicitors are often portrayed in movies and TV shows as serious and stern individuals, which can contribute to the misconception. However, it’s important to recognise that this stereotype is not universally true.

In fact, many solicitors build strong and positive relationships with their clients.

Effective communication and empathy are essential skills for solicitors to understand their client’s needs and provide appropriate legal advice. We understand the importance of creating a welcoming and supportive environment for our clients.

“ All solicitors do the same job “

Did you know that solicitors specialise in various areas of law? Just like doctors have different specialities, solicitors have expertise in fields like family law, property law, criminal law, corporate law, employment law and more. Each of these requires different expertise.

“ Solicitors only use complex legal jargon “

No. Good solicitors communicate clearly and avoid unnecessary legal jargon. They explain concepts in a way that clients can understand, ensuring effective communication throughout the legal process.

“ Solicitors cannot provide emotional support”

Solicitors can – and do! – lend a sympathetic ear and actively listen to their client’s concerns, fears, and emotions. This can help clients feel heard and understood, contributing to a positive relationship and helps the solicitor understand the client’s priorities.

However, while solicitors can offer emotional support, they are not a substitute for mental health professionals. If a client is experiencing significant emotional distress, solicitors may recommend seeking additional support from a qualified therapist or counsellor.

“ Solicitors are all about court “

Court appearances are only one part of their work. Many solicitors handle cases outside of court through negotiations, settlements, contracts, administration and much more.

“ Solicitors are only for big corporations “

That is not the case. In fact, solicitors work with individuals, small businesses, startups, and organisations of all sizes, tailoring their services to meet the specific needs and resources of their clients.

It’s important to note that perceptions of solicitors are diverse and can be influenced by a variety of factors.

Solicitors, like any professionals, exhibit a range of personalities, and their primary goal is to provide effective legal assistance while maintaining professionalism and respect for their clients.