If you're a new entrepreneur and need to hire a business solicitor to help you with the legal elements of running your business, here are some tips that you might find useful.

1. Look for a solicitor that is versatile

When you start looking for someone to hire, you should limit your search to versatile legal solicitors within your local area. The reason for this is as follows; if you choose a solicitor whose main area of interest is, for example, mergers and acquisitions, or employment law, and who either lacks experience or interest in other areas of commercial law, then you may encounter problems later down the line.

If you hire someone like this, and you find yourself in a situation where you need legal advice about something that is beyond their area of interest (for instance, if you need to file a lawsuit against another business or negotiate a contract with a new product supplier), you may end up having to look for another solicitor to help you with this issue. This could take time and energy, which you might have otherwise spent on managing and improving your enterprise.

As such, it is best to choose a versatile business solicitor, who is knowledgeable and interested in many areas of commercial law, as they will be better able to help you with the wide variety of business-related legal matters that you will inevitably need to deal with as your enterprise grows.

2. Ask the owners of well-established businesses in your area for recommendations

If you're unfamiliar with the solicitors in your town or city, you might find it difficult to decide which of them you should hire. One way to make this decision process a little easier is to speak to the owners of well-established businesses in the local area and ask them if they can recommend a specific solicitor that they themselves have hired.

The reason you should do this is that a business owner who has been running their enterprise successfully for a long time will have undoubtedly had to use the services of several local solicitors over the years and will know what qualities this type of legal professional needs to have in order to be of use to a business owner. As such, you should be able to trust their recommendation.

If you decide to take this approach, make sure that you do not discuss this matter with business owners who provide services or products that are similar to yours, as these individuals will view you as a competitor and are unlikely to be very forthcoming if you ask them to recommend a good business solicitor.