Hi, Posting on behalf of a friend.
My friend has a court date in October(date not determined yet), and has lost faith/confidence in her solicitor. She has been advised to speak with him re her concerns, and the understanding is that she could well be offered another solicitor within their small firm. She does not want to stay with the firm and has another solicitor who would be willing to take on her case. She has legal aid. However, her concerns are that a ''certificate'' will have to be obtained before she can change and this might not come about before her court date. I would like to know how long these things take, and if she does not have time to change is her current solicitor obliged to represent her? Thanks in advance.
Similar thing happened to me. I sacked my solicitor and obtained a new one, the certificate is obtained in her name and not the solicitors, it will make no difference. She must write to the current solicitor and terminate and tell them who is taking over.