Historically, Quakers were famed for only speaking the truth, as they saw it. It was therefore of paramount importance to me that the principles of our law firm was enshrined in the name of the firm for all to see. The concept of Truth is embedded in our DNA. Whether you like the name or not (and I am still not sure that it is the right name), the name certainly stands out!
Over the years, Quakers often fought unpopular causes – slavery being the prime example – and I therefore wanted any law firm that I established to also take on moral battles, even if they were not lucrative. I very much hope that the in the last five years we have done that, providing hundreds of free hours of legal advice along the way, and winning some very important claims.
We have offered No Win, No Fee agreements – which are truly brilliant funding agreements – to individuals who couldn’t afford a solicitor, which allow them to have access to justice, which is without doubt an ethical funding agreement. If you hear of people criticising No Win, No Fee agreements, essentially they are criticising the ability of the non-wealthy to instruct a solicitor.
Anrdrew Gray – Founder of Truth Legal
Though not particularly well-known for their legal skills, Quakers were of course famed for their business acumen, particularly during the Industrial Revolution. Cadburys, Clarkes, Lloyds, Barclays, Rowntrees – are just some of the names of the brilliant Quaker businesses which I wanted to emulate: they grew rapidly, and ethically, by looking after their customers and their staff. It was acutely important to me that as a Quaker the business side – not just the legal side – was well run. If the law firm didn’t make a profit, it would close and would therefore be unable to help anyone. And we had to pay our bills in a timely way, too.
Quakers do not of course have any moral domination on what is and what isn’t ethical. I suppose all that a Quaker-inspired business can do is to try to be ethical, doing its best to work out what that might be. Are we perfect? No, but we do try to be better and better each day.
No. We represent all people and many businesses, too. It would be un-Quakerly – as well as illegal – to only represent Quakers.
Truth Legal was founded on the idea of putting ethics at the centre of legal services.
Ethical working is at our core: in treating people fairly, being open and honest, and taking social responsibility. We sponsor a large section of woodland near Harrogate, planting a tree for every one of the clients we represent.
We believe a good lawyer shouldn’t just offer technical expertise, but a real understanding of what you’re going through and how best to help you.
Above all, our team are dedicated to their clients – whether that is guiding them through legal complexities, securing compensation, or simply fighting for what’s right.
We won’t blind you with jargon – we give advice clearly. And when technical terms can’t be avoided we explain them in full.
In contrast to some firms, we don’t overload our lawyers with cases. Our team provide clients with a more personal service, meaning we can dedicate the proper time to your matter.
Just read our client reviews to see what a difference this can make.