For all of the above to be dealt with in the best way possible, it is essential to build a trusting client-solicitor relationship which goes beyond formalities and delves not only into the actual practical and financial needs but also into the underlying psychic needs behind every legal case.

The solicitor oughts to dissociate himself entirely from his personal gain and to offer the time and the keenness to seek, together with his client, what constitutes the vindication of the latter.

Certainly, this presupposes not only the requisite legal knowledge but also the experience and expertise to realise that once a client resorts to his lawyer for assistance, it is vital for him to feel financially, legally and psychically safe in a context where a humane approach and utmost discretion are a priority.

Olga D. Chaini