If you’ve made it to the early stages of running your own business without the help of a lawyer, you’re either very experienced in the field of law, or you’re setting yourself up for a major disaster. You might have reached this point without any obvious problems, but all that could be about to change.
There are various options when you’re looking to hire legal professionals these days. A new breed of law firm has been rising in popularity, hiring remote workers to save on overheads and provide a more affordable service than a traditional firm. A consultant lawyer is another role that has become much more popular with business in recent years, with business owners seeking professional advice and guidance to ensure they are going about things the right way. Hiring a consultant lawyer on this basis is most likely a very smart first step for you if you’re just getting started.
Why? Because a good lawyer will help you negotiate the complex maze of the UK legal system, with the objective of avoiding any serious legal issues that could cost you a lot of money. If you’ve already hit a major barrier, or worse, someone is taking legal action against your business, it’s already too late. Hiring a lawyer at this point might help you reduce the amount you’ll end up paying, but in most cases they won’t be able to get you out of your obligation if you’re already made a mistake.
It is worth considering that hiring either freelance lawyers or a more traditional service will be much more effective if you find professionals who specialise in your area of business. Many individuals and firms are now highly specific with the kinds of clients they work for, and will get the best results for those clients. A general lawyer with no particular specialism probably doesn’t have the necessary experience to really help your business avoid common pitfalls and identify new opportunities.