1. People person in all ways
A people person is not necessarily someone who enjoys being around people or someone who everyone loves. Your solicitor should take a real interest in you and your thinking as well as the people you are claiming against. It not only makes for a personable solicitor, but an intelligent one who thinks about the real people involved not just the paper facts.
2. Lack of ego
Your solicitor should not possess an overwhelming ego. Although someone who speaks in court should have a little bit of showmanship about him or her, they should not have an ego so large that it clouds judgement and performance. You should look for a person with strong confidence over ego to arm yourself with a well rounded solicitor. Someone who obsesses only over the end goal will not listen, and may not act in your best interests.
3. Recognising that knowledge is something, but not everything
You’d be right in thinking a solicitor who specializes in the area of law your case relates to would be best equipped to deal with your situation, however, knowledge is not everything.
Your solicitor could be the most educated person in the world with years of experience dealing with a particular specialist area, but how many cases has he/she won? Do they pay attention to detail? Expertise and education in the area of law your case relates to is important, but not as important as the skill set of the solicitor dealing with your case.
You want your solicitor to skillfully use the case information, legally manipulating details within the law in order to win. It is imperative that this manipulation and applied expertise only applies to the case and not to you as a person.You need complete honesty from your solicitor so you know how long things are likely to take and how likely you are to win.