Working with Legal Aid – a Solicitor’s Tale

Have you ever needed a solicitor? … What exactly does a solicitor do? … What do you need to know if you find yourself dealing with one?

These questions are relevant to us all, and yet – with all the dramatized portrayals we see in fiction – many people still misunderstand what Solicitors are actually paid to do …

Nick Bates has practiced primarily as a litigation solicitor since he qualified in December 1976, and he was based in Haywards Heath and – later – Camberley before ultimately settling into Basingstoke in 1981.

In 1995 he set up in his own name and soon concentrated on establishing a criminal practice. This new direction led him to make regular appearances at the local Magistrates Court, and he has attended police stations for interviews on very many occasions for offences ranging from the mundane to murder.

Nick has enjoyed semi-retirement in recent years, working as a consultant for Winchester-based Penfold & McPherson and has been mainly conducting Magistrates Courts trials for them.

His talk starts at 7.30pm on Wednesday the 13th July, and it will be held at Basingstoke’s Queen Mary’s College in room 604 (it’s almost opposite the main reception).

… You never know when you might need a solicitor, but when you do, you are likely to be under some duress. So here’s your chance to have your questions answered in an honest, open, and frank talk with Nick.

A Rational Way to a Better Life