In the UK, legal advice has been the mainstay of businesses since the 18th century.
But, over the past few decades, it has become increasingly common for people to look for free legal consultation.
And now, lawyers are looking to use it as a means to attract new clients.
In a recent article for the Financial Times, lawyer and entrepreneur Michael J. Bohn and his partner, the entrepreneur and journalist Stephen Smith, discuss the many different ways people can use free legal consultations.
Bohn is an international law professor at the University of Sussex, and Smith is a founding partner of the law firm Smith, Bohn & Co.
The Financial Times contacted Bohn, Smith and Bohn to ask how they found this new way of getting clients.
The three men responded with a list of topics to tackle.
“I can see the value in having people come to me and say, ‘I’m looking to hire you as an expert consultant and I’d like to make sure I’m getting everything in place for you to work on my behalf’,” said Bohn.
“I can also see the benefits of doing it in the traditional way, and not having to pay someone to do it.”
The three men also discussed what it is that makes a free legal advice service unique and how people can find out more about what’s required to get an appointment.
Bryan and Laura, who want to be known as ‘bryan and laura’, decided to get their first consultation with Bohn on legal matters when they were in their early 20s.
They said they thought they were looking for a “great way to make money” and that “people are always looking for ways to make more money”.
Bohn told the FT that the first time he saw them online, the “vast majority” of their answers were from lawyers and other business people.
The two said they’d only ever hired lawyers and didn’t even know what a lawyer was.
But they’ve since found they can find a good lawyer in the UK.
“We were looking at legal issues in the first couple of years of starting the business and it was quite clear to us that lawyers are the cheapest and easiest way to hire someone,” said Bryan.
“We thought that if we were to start doing more work with lawyers, we might be able to get some more referrals from them, but we quickly realised we needed to get access to them as well.”
It’s quite a different thing when you’re trying to get someone to sign a contract or get a job.
“Smith agreed that the cheapest way to get in touch with lawyers was to email them directly.”
Bryan said the process was more difficult, however, because he didn’t have the time or energy to do his own research.””
If you want to have a look around the web, there’s loads of different options for people that are looking for the cheapest option to do work for them.”
Bryan said the process was more difficult, however, because he didn’t have the time or energy to do his own research.
“The best advice is to do your research, because there’s lots of people who are looking through the internet who are a little bit more knowledgeable,” he added.
Smith said that the biggest reason why lawyers are increasingly finding it easier to get work in the legal industry is that “there’s more of a demand”.
“People want to do their work in a timely manner, and they want to get the best advice for the best price,” he explained.
“And if they can get that, that means they’re going to do more work for less money.”
Bohn and Smith agreed that it was easy to be a bit sceptical about the business models of free legal services.
“But it’s the case that many of the free legal help sites are not really as simple as that,” said Smith.
“They are not going to offer you a ‘get started’ page and you can’t send them emails and they can’t give you the phone number to call them for you.”
And if you want a free consultation, they are going to say you’re not allowed to make payments for them.
And if you do make a payment, it’s a huge barrier to doing work.
“So, how do you find a lawyer?
Bohn suggested they go to their local branch.”
You can find the people you need for the job.””
It’s a lot more straightforward if you go through a branch.
You can find the people you need for the job.”
Bennie, a 24-year-old student from Leeds, UK, said he wanted to get involved with a legal firm because he wanted “to get my life together”.
“I think a lot of people think that being a lawyer means you need all the money to make the whole thing happen