Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Law Consultant?

Put simply, A Law Consultant is an affordable alternative to a solicitor.

In a greater sense, a Law Consultant is a qualified post-graduate scholar with a profound understanding of English, European and US law.

This high-level knowledge gives our clients a fast-track analysis of complex (and overlapping) legal issues, which lowers your costs and vastly increases certainty within any legal matter.

Why should I instruct a Law Consultant?

Life is full of obstacles, opportunities, challenges, unexpected events and frustrations; most of which, can be quickly navigated with experience, knowledge and effective resources.

BLACK LETTER LAW® represents an affordable one-stop legal solution for commercial and private clients, while we pride ourselves on clear, accessible guidance with your peace of mind our priority.

BLACK LETTER LAW® also employs Westlaw Edge UK® for all of their legal research. Westlaw Edge UK® is a global law resource used by market leading law firms around the world.

This state-of-the-art database provides BLACK LETTER LAW® with real-time case law and legislative updates, which assures our clients of accurate legal advice every time they need us.

With a comprehensive knowledge of EU and US law, BLACK LETTER LAW® can also assist commercial clients in multi-jurisdictional matters, so please get in touch should you wish to exploit that asset during cross-border transactions.

Can a Law Consultant act as my Legal Representative?

Yes. A Law Consultant can act as your legal representative in all civil legal matters aside from the small number of ‘reserved legal activities’ shown in schedule 2 of the Legal Services Act 2007 and as explained below.

How much does a Law Consultant charge?

BLACK LETTER LAW® delivers a means-tested pricing schedule to both private and corporate clients.

We also offer exclusive rates for retirees and competitive fees for wills, trusts, lasting powers of attorney and other testamentary instruments.

If you would like to know more about our flexible prices and fixed costs, please call us on +44 (0)1209 859556 and we’ll be glad to discuss them with you in confidence.

How can a Law Consultant save me money?

A Law Consultant is free to scale his fees with the flexibility to support every client. This cost-effective programme of legal resolution means that BLACK LETTER LAW® can ensure the outcome you deserve through a winning combination of our time and your money.

What do I need a solicitor for?

A solicitor can appear before and address a court and call and examine witnesses, although this is subject to McKenzie Friend Practice Note 2010 which allows a Law Consultant to assist and even advocate for you in certain circumstances (take a look our McKenzie Friend page to learn more about this highly overlooked benefit).

A solicitor can conduct litigation in a court, although most civil disputes can be resolved through effective mediation or Advanced Dispute Resolution (ADR), therefore this costly process can be quickly circumnavigated by an effective Law Consultant.

A solicitor can prepare a contract for the sale, registration or other disposition of land, although a Law Consultant can carry out all the other associated duties on your behalf, which will significantly reduce your costs every time.

A solicitor can perform notarial duties including the authentication and certification of signatures and the authority and capacity of documents used abroad.

A solicitor can administer oaths and affidavits.

A solicitor can prepare probate papers, although a Law Consultant can carry out all the other associated duties and reduce your costs, not to mention drafting, executing and storing wills and trust instruments of various kinds.

Myth v Fact

Unfortunately it’s a common fact that solicitors are often instructed for tasks they’re not required for, despite paras. 1.2, 1.4 and 8.8 of the SRA Code of Conduct and s.31(2) of the Solicitors Act 1974 prohibiting solicitors from misrepresentation.

This dispels the myth that a law practice or law firm is the only solution; and explains why BLACK LETTER LAW® is the first and only choice when you need an informed, effective and affordable solution to life’s legal problems.

Email or call us today on +44 (0)1209 859556 for your free 1-hour consultation