Need to find a lawyer in Brisbane? Here are five trusted steps to making the right decision for you and your case.
1. Get Referrals
The best place to begin your search for a reputable, trustworthy lawyer is friends, family, and colleagues. Explain your circumstance and ask if anyone you know has employed a lawyer for a similar situation. Chances are, if someone you get along with has a great relationship with a particular lawyer, you will too.
When you chat to friends, family and colleagues, make sure to ask what their experience was like, and whether their expectations were met or exceeded. If possible, have these conversations over the phone or in person to get a better idea of their opinions.
2. Consult Online Guides
Beyond talking to people you know, we’d also recommend consulting Australian legal guides and awards to find esteemed lawyers. These guides will display lawyers who are respected by their colleagues and clients.
Doyles Guide is a great starting point for this kind of research. Our director Adam Guest has been named as a leading criminal lawyer in Doyles Guide every year for the past three years. Kris Jahnke also features as a recommended lawyer within Doyles Guide, amongst many other respected Australian lawyers.
3. Make a Shortlist
Throughout your research, write down the names of all of the lawyers you’re impressed by. Once you have a handful of names, try to narrow down your list to approximately 3 lawyers. Make sure these lawyers have plenty of experience practicing within the area you need legal assistance for. For example, if you’re battling a drink driving charge, you’ll need experienced criminal or traffic lawyers on your shortlist.
4. Conduct Interviews
Once you have your top 3 names, book interviews with each of these lawyers. Throughout this process, take note of things like how quickly they responded to your enquiry, and any other factors which may differentiate one lawyer from another. During your interview, ask about how their fees are structured, their success rate in similar cases, and how they’d plan on tackling your particular case.
5. Are They an Effective Communicator?
Another thing to pay attention to during your interviews is whether the communication style of your lawyer is suitable to you. If you found this lawyer difficult to understand, or difficult to speak to, it doesn’t mean they’re a bad lawyer, it just means that they’re most likely not the best choice for you. Keep looking until you find a lawyer who is willing to listen to your concerns and explain things to you in a way that resonates.
Find a Lawyer at Guest
All of our Brisbane lawyers at Guest have been carefully selected because of their expertise, dedication and reputation within criminal law. You can read more about their credentials and backgrounds of our team members here. We provide assistance for a range of criminal matters.
Guest Lawyers act for all persons charged with criminal offences who are required to appear before the Magistrates and Supreme Court. We also conduct appeals in the Court of Appeal and High Court. In addition to representing people all over Queensland, we often travel to other states and territories. Our lawyers are admitted to practice all over Australia. For an initial consultation (including in prisons), please get in touch with us either via email or by calling (07) 3211 3007.