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How do I best prepare for meeting with solicitor?

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colourdilemma Wed 28-Jun-17 19:52:56

I have now made an appointment with a solicitor to discuss my employment situation. What should I prepare/bring to meeting and is there stuff I should email ahead?

I was thinking of bringing/emailing:
Timeline of decisions, meetings and brief outline of their content.

The case I expect to present at appeal hearing, essentially a script as I don't think I can just do notes.

Copies of all correspondance I have received/sent on the issue and of my contract and communication relating to it.

Record of phone calls

For me, this seems comprehensive, but I've never dealt with a solicitor except conveyancing and I want to do everything I can to make efficient use of the time.

Is there anything I should know about this kind of meeting and advice to make it go smoothly and efficiently. I need the advice, I know why hourly rates are high but I don't want to waste time with stuff I could have been better prepared with.

Oh...and I'm dead nervous too!

Thanks in advance!

Familylawsolicitor Wed 28-Jun-17 22:29:37

I'm not an employment solicitor but generally emailing a summary in advance and sending a few key documents is a good use of time. It will be on the clock or they'll read at start of meeting but it's much faster for a solicitor to read an outline then you to give it verbally. Solicitor can then focus on asking you questions for any further info they need to know.

colourdilemma Thu 29-Jun-17 06:09:56

Thank you, that's really helpful. I have a tendency to waffle and give legally irrelevant detail so I had decided already that me talking would be less efficient than reading/handing over summary and letting solicitor talk/ask questions. It's good to hear you think the same. I will email the summary timeline ahead of the meeting. I am in awe of the time management skills of lawyers (a friend described the way she accounted for her time and my head exploded!) and so I am confident that if I help a bit my solicitor will be keen not to waste time either! I have friends to do the "there there, what a nasty boss" bit!

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