Obtaining advice

The quality and value of legal advice is heavily dependent upon the input which an advisor receives.  So if you’re serious about obtaining legal advice, you will need to invest time — probably several hours or more — in preparing a statement to explain the issue(s) on which you want advice. 

The key is being specific.

Being specific about places

For a quick reference, use the postcode. But even better is what3words, the website which gives every 3-metre square piece of land on the planet a unique three-word address.  Use this resource to indicate exactly which piece(s) of land you are concerned with.  If more is needed, prepare a sketch plan and/or photographs and email them to us. 

Being specific about events

Tell the story chronologically.  If the facts are complicated, it can be useful to set the scene with a brief introductory paragraph.

Being specific about the details

Put the details in:  dates, persons, costs, etc etc.  If there’s a dispute, tell both sides of the story:  very few disputes are entirely one-sided.

Being specific about what you want

Explain what it is you hope to achieve.  Clarification of what the law permits?  A friendly settlement of a dispute? Compensation or some other remedy from the courts?

Some final tips

Number your paragraphs, so that people can refer to the appropriate parts of your statement more easily.

Ask someone you trust to read and comment on what you have written.  They may well find ways in which it could be shorter and clearer.   (Don’t take that personally!)

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