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Do I need a solicitor to write a legal letter?

If you are involved in a dispute with a supplier and want some lagal muscle behind you, our Paralegal can help’

It is true that most people can write a letter or fill out a Small Claims Cour Form, but before you start a claim it’s to your advantage to write a formal strong letter to the supplier that you are in dispute with. This formal document is called a ‘letter before claim’ or a ‘letter before action’.

A legal letter is a very powerful document. However, it must be very carefully worded and more importantly,  legally accurate.

A well executed legal letter can attract an early, hassle-fee settlement and without the need for an expensive court case.

On the otherside of the coin, a badly written legal letter could have the reverse effect and cost dearly in unnecessary legal fees and lengthy delays.

Here’s what to avoid:


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Breaching the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) which outline formatting guidelines for certain legal correspondence The emphasis is on the formatting of correspondence.

Adopting an adversarial tone at the outset

Escalating a resolvable dispute into a costly courtcase.


Providing contradictory information during your testimony gives your opponent ammunition to discredit your claims.

Creating the appearance of coercion by threatening to disclose information publicly unless a demand is met.

For all the above reasons and more, it is crucial that you seek a legal professional to write such letters on your behalf.

Avoid the Cost and Stress of Court: Resolve Disputes Amicably

Resolving a dispute outside of court is the ideal scenario. It saves you time, money, and unnecessary stress. However, if the court becomes unavoidable, a poorly written legal letter can significantly weaken your case. It might even lead to paying your opponent’s legal fees on top of your own.

Invest in a Strong Start: The Power of a Legal Letter

Many people believe that getting a paralegal to write their initial legal letter means committing to their services throughout the entire claim.

This is a misconception!

While you have the option to retain the paralegal for further assistance, it’s not mandatory.

A well-crafted legal letter sets the tone for your case and demonstrates your seriousness. It clearly outlines your position and strengthens your negotiation power. This can be particularly effective in prompting a fair settlement and avoiding the courtroom altogether.

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