Quality legal representation in any court is very important and in the end, it will determine if you will get a fair hearing or not. Finding a quality lawyer is not that difficult, but with the massive number of law firms available, you may want to take a step back and analyze your options very carefully before settling on a lawyer. The following are 5 questions that can help you consider a lawyer before assigning them your case:
1. How Long Have You Been Practicing?
Experience is one of the most important factors to consider when picking a lawyer. The last thing you want is an amateur handling your case. With this in mind, knowing how long a lawyer has been practicing is very important. Preferably, you should go for an attorney that has been practicing for at least five years.
2. Have You Ever Represented A Case Similar To Mine?
It is also vital to know that the lawyer you have chosen has enough expertise to meet the demands of your case. Although sometimes it may be a little difficult to find a lawyer who has handled your type of case before, it is always a big advantage if you can.
3. How Long
Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, there is no definitive answer and it all depends on the type of building/premises you occupy, construction of the building, who carried out the last fire risk assessment (e.g. their competence/qualifications), whether there have been any significant changes since the last fire assessment among many more factors.
The single purpose of a fire risk assessment is to identify any risks within your building and then aim to reduce, remove or eliminate that risk to acceptable levels. It is then your responsibility to carry out the findings of a fire risk assessment which you will find in the action plan and keep on top of the maintenance of your fire protection systems such as the fire alarm and emergency lighting systems by completing your fire logbook on a regular basis.
For most buildings, we would recommend that a competent person reviews your fire risk assessment at least every twelve months as a minimum to ensure any shortcomings are identified and put right on a regular basis and there may have been other changes to your building (for example a multi occupied building), that you are not aware of that could have an impact on the