In September 2014, the Law Society launched its consumer campaign, reminding the public to use a solicitor for legal advice instead of unregulated providers.
The campaign – ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’ – encourages people to tap into the expert knowledge of regulated and insured Law Society members, whether they are buying a house, going through a divorce or setting up a business.
Andrew Caplen, Law Society president, said:
‘This campaign reminds the public that highly qualified, professionally trained solicitors are the best people to speak to for legal advice. Using a solicitor gives you the assurance you are dealing with a professional who is properly regulated and insured.’
‘The growth of unregulated and do-it-yourself legal services means consumers are exposed to nonprofessional advice, which can be more of a hindrance than a help.’
The campaign focuses on six areas of law:
- Personal injury
- Wills and probate
- Business law
- Family law
- Criminal law
Case studies for some of these areas from across England Wales will be featured to illustrate the benefit of using a solicitor.
Andrew Caplen added:
‘The campaign reinforces solicitors as the go-to experts when people are seeking legal advice on house purchases, will writing or establishing a new business, and directs people to the Find a Solicitor service on the Law Society website.’