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We have over 15 associates trained in the UK, Germany, France, USA and Greece to assist in all legal needs.

Kyriakos Liasides

Trained in Greece and USA, Mr Liasides heads a team of legal experts in fields such as maritime and civil law.

A law office typically has many employees in addition to the lawyers. Knowing who these people are and what they do may help you to be a more informed client and thereby facilitate the effectiveness of your legal representation.

Typically, the staff may include some of the following people:

Partners: People commonly refer to the owners of a law firm as being the partners. It is very prestigious for a lawyer to become a partner of his or her law firm. Partners are usually the most experienced lawyers in a firm.

Associates: Lawyers who are employed by a firm but who are not owners are usually called associates. Generally, associates are very good lawyers and they typically have the workload assigned them by the partners of the firm.

Contract Lawyers: A firm will sometimes hire outside lawyers as independent contractors to do part-time work.

Law Clerks: It has been a tradition for as long as there have been lawyers to have law students clerk for firms while they are going to law school. They will do legal research and otherwise assist lawyers in preparing cases and working on other law-related matters. Hiring a law clerk is one way for a firm to recruit new lawyers.

Legal Assistants: This is really a catchall term that is sometimes used by law firms to describe anyone in a law office who assists in working on legal matters. It may include paralegals, legal secretaries, and other support staff.

Receptionists: A firm of any size may have a legal receptionist. Typically this is the initial contact with the outside world.

Be prepared to speak to your lawyer...
Being unprepared can end up costing you money, because it will take longer for the lawyer you hire to get up to speed on your personal injury matter.

The lawyer will want to know who you are and how you can be contacted, and a little about your personal background. Sometimes, a lawyer may also try to make a first meeting more productive by sending you a questionnaire to fill out. If this happens, be sure to fill it out and send it in to the lawyer's office before the meeting. Also send along copies of any available documents that may be requested in the questionnaire.

Before you get too far into a meeting or conversation, the lawyer is going to want to know about possible conflicts of interest. So bring the names of the company or individuals involved, including potential witnesses.

Written documentation of your injury and damages is especially important in a maritime injury setting. Even if a lawyer doesn't ask for documentation beforehand, it's still a good idea to bring a copy of all documents relevant to your situation to the meeting:
  • Copies of official accident reports detailing your injury
  • Copies of hospital, doctor and therapy records
  • A list of all care providers who have provided treatment or consultation on an injury

  • Bills from medical care providers
  • Information regarding any insurance coverage of your medical bills
  • Reports from doctors regarding your diagnosis and prognosis
  • Information about anticipated future medical costs
  • Information regarding work you missed (and continue to miss) as a result of your injury
  • A listing of all the ways your life has been affected by your injury
  • A calendar, with all the important dates (date of injury, dates of surgery or other treatment and so forth)
  • A description of any interaction with insurance companies
  • Copies of correspondence with insurance companies
  • Copies of any claims already filed with your employer or an insurance company
  • A copy of your crew contract and settlement sheets for the trip you were injured, if you're a commercial fisherman or high-seas worker
  • Documentation for any reimbursement you've received from your employer
  • Copies of any procedural manuals given to you by your employer that relate to the manner in which you were injured
  • Documentation regarding weather conditions (including Coast Guard warnings and so forth) when you were injured, if relevant

Meeting with your lawyer

  • Treat your first meeting as a business consultation
  • During your initial consultation, you'll want to be able to share all relevant information with the lawyer. Honesty and complete disclosure is in your best interest. Let the lawyer decide what is or is not in your favor. It is important that the lawyer know all the facts up front, including the bad things, rather than be surprised later. This is important not only to the lawyer, but for you in particular. If the lawyer is aware of bad facts, he or she will be prepared to deal with them, and can provide you with accurate advice as to how such information will affect your claim. If the information is withheld and discovered by the opposing lawyer, if can be devastating to your claim.
  • The lawyer may give you alternatives as to what you can do, and you should discuss the possible consequences of each option. Look for practical legal advice that in your own mind translates into good business sense.
  • Be sure to discuss what time limitations may apply to bringing your claim.

Remember: you are not a lawyer. Your lawyer knows the law and how to deal with it in the courts. It is your responsibility to inform your lawyer of the facts and allow the legal team to plan the strategies for your case.

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