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“ If you are thinking about a personal injury claim but are unsure whether you should bring one, your regular lawyer may offer you


outline advice without charge. ”


These are outside the scope of this article. In the case of a significant claim these would be possibilities to discuss when obtaining outline legal advice.


How to choose the right law firm


Under Jersey’s legal aid system you will have a lawyer appointed to you and the firm to which you go will allocate a lawyer or other member of staff to look after you. This does not mean that you are not entitled to good service and you should ask as to the expertise of the individual who has been tasked with your claim.


If you carry legal costs insurance you will usually be sent to a lawyer who is on a panel retained by the relevant insurer. Those firms usually have an agreement with the insurer to carry out work for a certain hourly rate which is lower than the rate a lawyer will charge on a private basis. In certain circumstances you may be able to nominate your own lawyer, but this is only likely to happen if your lawyer is willing to carry out the work on similar terms to those which a panel lawyer would otherwise work on.


If you are able to engage a lawyer privately then obviously you will have the choice of any lawyer who is willing to take your case on.


If you are thinking about a personal injury claim but


are unsure whether you should bring one, your regular lawyer may offer you outline advice without charge. LWR Law offers a free half hour consultation when you can discuss your claim with us in outline. It is not always possible to say during such a


Specialists in Jersey Law for balanced advice when it really matters


We are able to advise upon a wide range of Jersey law issues including but not limited to family law, wills, succession & probate law, personal injury, employment, elderly client and civil & criminal litigation. Whatever your legal issue, we are here to help you and provide you with the advice and support that you need.


P.O. BOX 581, RUTLAND HOUSE, PITT STREET, ST. HELIER, JERSEY JE4 0YL


TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 1534 506800 FACSIMILE: +44 (0) 1534 722126 EMAIL: enquiries@lwrlaw.je


Marian E. Whittaker I Angela P. Roscouet I Philip M. Livingstone I Richard J. Renouf (Consultant) I Michelle L. Palmer (Jersey Solicitor) Marian E. Whittaker Angela P. Roscouet Philip M. Livingstone Heidi J. Heath (Associate) Richard J. Renouf (Consultant)


meeting whether you do indeed have a valid claim. Often, your lawyer will first have to gather the available evidence before offering firm advice. Nonetheless, some cases are so clearly weak and some so clearly strong that a lawyer is often able to give you a good


indication at the outset as to the likelihood of your claim being successful.


Personal injury law is something of a niche area. You should always be satisfied not only that the firm you go to carries out this sort of work,


but that the individual you see is a specialist. At LWR Law we have several lawyers well versed in this area of law, and you can be guaranteed to see someone who regularly deals with personal injury claims and who will properly be able to look after your interests.


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