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Free legal advice from a solicitor for 15 mins @ Purple Legal

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Found 10th Oct 2014
Just join Purple Legal and book a Solicitor Slot - and get free legal advice!

Can't beat free!

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We offer Purple Legal because we want a different relationship with you - a relationship where you can pick the phone up to us whenever you have a legal enquiry - without the fear of incurring legal fees. We want our clients to know that we are always there for them, so that they come to us with all their legal enquiries and all their legal work.

Most of us will need to seek legal advice at some time in our lives. The law can be complicated so it's important to get the best advice you can.

These are just some of the times when you can contact us and speak to a lawyer who will be happy to answer your enquiry, free of charge.

1. You have found a house but need a price quote for a solicitor to do the legal work

2. You are worried about whether you should have a Will

3. You want to know whether you have a claim after being involved in a car accident or an accident at work

4. You have been "flashed" by a speed camera and you already have points on your driving licence

5. Your undergraduate son is arrested on a night out for something he didn't (or did!) do

6. You or your parents need to go into a nursing home but you are worried that your or their money and assets will be used to pay for that care

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Most enquiries can be answered in 5 or 10 minutes. When you book a SolicitorSlot ® we guarantee you 15 minutes of free time on each enquiry. We choose this figure so that we can not only deal with your question but we can also look after as many callers as possible.

If your enquiry is longer or more complex, we may give you more time even than this.
- Red Devil PJB

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Their examples look like they'll basically tell you for free if you need legal advice or not - surely all firms would do the same?

5. Your undergraduate son is arrested on a night out for something he didn't (or did!) do

He totally did it and then turned on the waterworks and was like, "oh noes.. my career, my future.. blah blah blah"

6 minutes to boil the kettle.
2 minutes making the drinks
2 minutes slow walk to the office from the kitchen upstairs
2 minutes going back as they forgot the biscuits.
3 minutes filling out a form

Then it begins, £80 per hour please.

As I solicitor myself I'll say you won't be able to give sufficiently detailed instructions and get proper advice in 15 minutes. Your instructions will be missing something which means the advice you get (if they are even able to give you any) will be dubious at best.

Most solicitors will give you an hour free to see if you have a case and then take it from there, so this isn't anything special. This just sounds like a plan to get you through the door masquerading as something of value.

Haven't voted, but I would save your time and go somewhere else.

thecynicalsaint

As I solicitor myself I'll say you won't be able to give sufficiently … As I solicitor myself I'll say you won't be able to give sufficiently detailed instructions and get proper advice in 15 minutes. Your instructions will be missing something which means the advice you get (if they are even able to give you any) will be dubious at best.Most solicitors will give you an hour free to see if you have a case and then take it from there, so this isn't anything special. This just sounds like a plan to get you through the door masquerading as something of value.Haven't voted, but I would save your time and go somewhere else.



Some queries can be answered in 15 minutes though can they not?

To say most solicitors will give you an hour free is I'm afraid no longer the case. Try finding a probate costs solicitor that will do this or even speak to you on the phone and you get please come into the office........ at £XXX!!! per hour from their PA.

This is free advice, albeit only 15 minutes initially it does say you may get more if needed so whats not to like? Again, its free!!!

Red Devil PJB

Some queries can be answered in 15 minutes though can they not?



Depends whether you mean a query or advice, the first two examples in the OP are queries rather than asking for substantive legal advice. The other examples are potentially complicated scenarios where number of factors would be relevant and it would take time just to get the full picture let alone give you any advice you could take away and use yourself.

To say most solicitors will give you an hour free is I'm afraid no longer … To say most solicitors will give you an hour free is I'm afraid no longer the case. Try finding a probate costs solicitor that will do this or even speak to you on the phone and you get please come into the office........ at £XXX!!! per hour from their PA.


There will be some areas of law where what is required will be obvious so no need to give an hour free (like the first two examples) but anything litigious or commercial I would be surprised if you had a hard time finding someone to give you a free meeting.

To be fair, I wouldn't give someone calling up out of the blue any advice over the phone. It raises potential issues with professional indemnity. Some solicitors might do it but it's not worth the risk to me and I'm sure others would take the same view.

This is free advice, albeit only 15 minutes initially it does say you may … This is free advice, albeit only 15 minutes initially it does say you may get more if needed so whats not to like? Again, its free!!!


Like I said above, my issue is that they are marketing it as something unusual and special when it really isn't and seems to me more likely a way to get you in the door and try to give you the hard sell at the end of the 15 minutes (which really isn't a very long time when it comes to most legal issues).

Red Devil PJB

Some queries can be answered in 15 minutes though can they not?!

I would suspect that once they've taken ALL your details (necessary so they can't be accused of giving incorrect advice - much like financial services bods do) there is enough time for you to say "this is what happened" and for whoever you speak to, (since you'll only be on the phone you'd never know a QC from the cleaner's mop-holder) to say "prima-face ... legal jargon ... we can help you - kerching! "

This sounds more like a contact gathering exercise, much like their "join purple legal". Expect to get follow-up calls whenever you least expect them (_;)



Edited by: "pete_l" 10th Oct 2014

Try faranitaylor.co.uk for 45 minutes free initial session, not that you will need this long. But they are very good and have high success rate.

pete_l

I would suspect that once they've taken ALL your details (necessary so … I would suspect that once they've taken ALL your details (necessary so they can't be accused of giving incorrect advice - much like financial services bods do)


Actually it's because Solicitors, IFA's, banks etc. have requirements placed upon them by Money Laundering Regulations to obtain this sort of information as well as evidence of identity. The reason is these persons tend to deal with large amounts of money and are vulnerable to being used launder money. Breach of the regulations can result in up to 10 years in prison so most solicitors take the view that it is worth doing even if it adds 5-10 minutes.

The way we protect ourselves from being accused of giving incorrect advice is to take full and detailed instructions, make a contemporaneous written note of what was said, and (if necessary) follow it up in writing.

Oh, and give the correct advice based on the instructions we receive.


(since you'll only be on the phone you'd never know a QC from the … (since you'll only be on the phone you'd never know a QC from the cleaner's mop-holder)


You won't be on the phone to a QC, that's the highest ranking of Barrister - these are a firm of Solicitors.

to say "prima-face ... legal jargon ... we can help you - kerching! "



Given the current drive for plain speak that the Law Society has been pushing (and has been for some time) in both drafting and when speaking to clients I doubt anyone will say "prima facie" or any other jargon and if they do then I would give them a miss.

Also, not sure why you think a solicitor shouldn't be paid for helping you? Do you do work for free?

This sounds more like a contact gathering exercise, much like their "join … This sounds more like a contact gathering exercise, much like their "join purple legal". Expect to get follow-up calls whenever you least expect them (_;)


I agree it's likely a method to make contact with you, but the follow up calls will likely be minimal - there is (unlike for most businesses) Law Society guidance and a Code of Conduct regarding those thing and (unlike for most businesses) very serious consequences for both individual solicitors and the firm if they are breached.
Edited by: "thecynicalsaint" 10th Oct 2014
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