There are a lot of situations that require the services of a decent commercial lawyer. If you’re starting a business, redeveloping your business structure, signing a new lease, or doing almost anything else related to running your business, then you might need to think about the relevant commercial laws.
Although will be able to safely and legally do most things on your own, it’s often worth employing a commercial lawyer to make sure that you’re not missing anything. However, it can be hard to find a decent commercial lawyer who is both affordable and knowledgeable.
With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 things you should think about when choosing a new commercial lawyer. They include:
- Their specializations
This should be relatively self-explanatory, but it’s worth touching on. Not all commercial lawyers are the same, and not all commercial lawyers have the same skills and experience.
It’s very important to find one who has experience and training dealing with the field that you’re in. For example, if you’re running an online business, find a lawyer who understands online business structures and reporting requirements. Likewise, if you’re trying to break a commercial lease, find a lawyer with experience here.
- Their fees
It goes without saying that lawyers can be expensive. However, this doesn’t mean that you always need to spend an arm and a leg on legal fees. Find a lawyer who doesn’t charge too much and who has enough experience to deal with your matter efficiently.
In simple cases you might be able to get away with using a relatively inexperienced lawyer, especially if your needs aren’t complicated.
- Their attitude towards their work
Although most lawyers will have the skills and training to deal with simple matters, this isn’t necessarily all that matters. You should always try and find a lawyer who enjoys what they’re doing, who is always happy to sit down and have a chat with you, and who generally approaches their work with a decent attitude.
- Their communication skills
The ability to communicate well is one of the most important skills for a decent commercial lawyer. You need to try and find someone who is equally happy and capable of communicating with both you and any other relevant parties.
- Their geographic location
Again, this should be a pretty self-explanatory one, but you need to try and find a lawyer who operates close to you. This can be hard if you live in a regional area of Australia, but it’s worth putting the effort in.
Working with a lawyer who is based hundreds or even thousands of kilometers away can be difficult. Communication can fall down and misunderstandings can occur. Avoid this if possible.
Finding a decent commercial lawyer doesn’t have to be hard. However, there are a few things that you should think about when choosing a lawyer to make sure that you’re finding someone who fits with your company and your needs. Good luck!