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Why should I hire a lawyer when consultants cheaper?

August 9, 2023

Why should I hire a lawyer when consultants cheaper?

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We have noticed recently that employment lawyers and immigration lawyers, often come across cases where a business or employee is faced with a lawsuit and their first reaction is "But I followed my immigration consultant's or hr consultant's advice!" When asked why they chose to use the services of a consultant rather than a lawyer, they often indicate that the main reason was that a consultant would be cheaper than a lawyer. Often, this is an untrue assumption; some consultants will charge their clients $50,000 for a single immigration matter or over $80,000 for providing employment contracts and templates (which may or may not in fact even be enforceable).

Of course, there are many very cost-effective (and competent) consultants out there. However, there are also many cases where a consultant is in fact more expensive and less reliable/effective than a lawyer. This is due in part to the fact that as lawyers, we are governed by our provincial law society and owe a duty of loyalty and honesty to our clients. We are also obligated to address any conflicts of interest and cannot, for example, give conflicting advice to both sides.

My suggestion would be to at least consider speaking to a lawyer before engaging a consultant. A good lawyer will be able to give you a realistic estimate of their fees (at least, to the extent possible) and outline the process/steps that are needed during the course of an initial consultation.

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JENSON LEUNG

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Jenson Leung and his team assists clients with all labour, employment and long-term disability matters, including wrongful dismissal, human rights, arbitration, insurance and privacy matters.

 

Jenson has extensive experience representing individuals, non-profits and business clients throughout the Lower Mainland. He regularly advises and assists clients in dealing with employment contracts, executive compensation, employee discipline/management, terminations, and long-term disability insurance denials.

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