Class Action Phuket Lawyer

What is a class action suit?

One of the most effective ways of holding negligent parties accountable is by filing a Class-Action Lawsuit. It involves a large number of people however, may take a little more time. So why is it preferred? – Simple, it is much easier to get compensated for any issue using a class action Phuket suit, than when you are doing it on your own.

So, if you have questions regarding a class-action lawsuit, then this article is designed to answer them.

Everything you need to know about a Class Action suit

A class-action suit is a lawsuit made by a person to either sue a company or an organization. In this type of lawsuit, the person or entity suing, usually is the representative of a large number of victims with similar complaints. In simple terms, a class action Phuket suit is a procedure that grants a plaintiff (s) the ability to file and yet still, prosecute a suit on behalf of a large group or class.

Is there any difference between a class action suit and a multi-district litigation/mass tort litigation? Well, the latter stands for several lawsuits filed by different parties. And more often, they are filed by consumers who suffered injuries due to negligence from the manufacturers.

Reasons for filing a class-action suit

Why a class-action suit while you can do it alone? There are massive opportunities made when you join your seemingly small claim to other similar ones. But most importantly, a class action lawsuit is cost-effective. Most individuals don’t have the resources to pay for the lawsuit thus bringing them on the lower side of getting compensated for any damage or injuries.

Additionally, a class action suit is more practical as far as the court schedules are concerned. A single lawsuit means one judge, one lawsuit, and one courtroom. This means that the different lawsuits will be more expensive for the courts in comparison to a single lawsuit. Also, for the Phuket lawyer, he/she gets readily managed lawsuits which initially, would have been different lawsuits as a named plaintiff.

Does it change the misconduct? Well, when a law firm such as the international law firm Phuket, brings a class action for multiple claimants, the defendant isn’t able to financially defend the claims. This makes the contest rule a fair dispute thus forcing the defendant not only to settle the class action but also its misconduct.

Some of the reasons to file a class action are:

  • Discrimination to employee
  • Toxic exposure
  • False advertising
  • Defective medication or products
  • Security fraud
  • Illegal business practices
  • Breach of contract

How does it work?

It’s clear that the alliance formed can help strengthen the lawsuit. So, the class action suit starts when a single person contacts a Phuket lawyer concerning a specific claim. Once the Phuket lawyer believes the claim is credible and has a chance of winning, they can ‘weigh’ it to see if it qualifies to be a class action. They then find other prospective individuals that are eligible to join and notify them of the chance. Once they have joined, the legal team (lawyer Phuket) in charge of the case will work on reaching a verdict.

The question of how many people are required to start a class action can only be answered by this: IT ALL DEPENDS. While saying there isn’t a specific number of people, is true, there are several factors that may influence this. One of them is the severity of the monetary damage suffered by each member of the class action.

Stages of a class-action suit

  • Getting a law firm: Well, as simple as this may sound, its weight on your case isn’t to be compromised. A law firm, and not only a law firm but the right law firm i.e., the international law firm Phuket, must have prior experience on the underlying legal claim.
  • Filling the lawsuit: This process is handled by the class representative. And after filing the lawsuit, the defendant gets the right to respond – where they can either accept or object. An objection may happen if the litigant is confident that the lawsuit should be handled individually or if the class action requirements haven’t been met.
  • Obtaining a class certification: The class rep’ will proceed to file a motion that will have the court certify the class. However, several factors will determine if the class will be approved.

The international law firm Phuket together with the class representative must:

  • Prove there is a legal claim against the defendant
  • Have a plaintiff who should be on good terms will all the members
  • Have all the members with similar injuries as the plaintiff since any different injury may invalidate the class. And in as much as the issues of a class action may differ, what must be common is the issues in dispute.

From here, the class should receive a notice (through the internet or media) showing the lawsuit has been certified.

  • Allowing opting in and out: Some members may feel like they want more control of the case thus opting out. This should be allowed, however, there are other times that this option is limited.

This stage should be included in the notice sent.

  • Negotiating a settlement: The case will go on and a judge will make the decision. The decision might also be on appeal until the settlement (monetary benefit paid) is reached. And if this happens then all the victims will be notified and the leader will arrange the payments.

Bottom line

If you are looking for a more cost-effective and expeditious way to litigate, then a class action suit will do. And of course, resort to the best law firm and Phuket lawyer, so that they can help you fight back against powerful companies, local governments, and citizens. Don’t feel intimidated. Working with us will make the daunting process manageable.

Covid-19 Phuket Update

HWAL Phuket Lawyer Covid-19 update

Dear Clients and Partners,

As updates about COVID-19 are being announced daily from our Thai Government, HWAL is working diligently to review and react accordingly to these rapidly changing constraints. HWAL continues to take measures to protect our employees and clients that we are in contact with.

The new measures announced by the Thai Government permit only businesses classified as essential services to continue operation in this situation. We would like to inform you that HWAL is classified as essential services and is still fully operational.

As an essential business, HWAL keep limited staff at our office, while most of our colleagues work from their home and will follow the COVID-19 rules and regulations by our Thai Government.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time at.

We wish you the best during this uncertain time! Stay safe!

The HWAL Team

Vocabulary Lawyer Phuket

Vocabulary for challenging times


Curfew is a rule or law that sets a time that certain people have to be off the streets. A town may set a curfew for teenagers, for example, although many parents impose a stricter curfew for their own kids.

Historically, a curfew was signaled by the ringing of a bell meant to alert residents that it was time to put out their hearth fires. The word curfew comes from an Old French word cuevrefeu, “cover fire,” cuevre meaning to cover, and feu meaning fire. Over time, curfew has come to refer to getting people off the streets at night and into their homes, often during times of civil unrest.

Here are some other important words to fully understand during challenging times.

affairs: events affecting a government, military, organisation, etc. – กรณียกิจ, กิจธุระ

call (noun): a request, an order or a demand for somebody to do something or to go somewhere – ข้อเรียกร้อง

cooperation: working together to achieve a result that will benefit all sides – ความร่วมมือ, การทำงานร่วมกัน

curfew: a law that does not allow people to go outside between a particular time in the evening and a particular time in the morning – กฎอัยการศึก คือห้ามออกนอกบ้านในยามวิกาล

emergency decree (noun): a situation where the government takes on special powers in a dangerous situation and the rights of the people are often limited in some way – ประกาศภาวะฉุกเฉิน

impose: to introduce something and force people to accept it – กำหนด,บังคับใช้

inevitable: unavoidable – ซึ่งหลีกเลี่ยงไม่ได้

invoke: to use a rule or law as a reason or basis for doing something – ประกาศใช้ (กฎหมาย), อ้าง (กฎหมาย)

spike: a sudden increase – การพุ่งพรวดขึ้น

Phuket Lawyer and Social Media

Social Media for Law Firms

Very few service industry establishments will ooze seriousness in the way that an established Phuket law firm can. The buzz and color that accompanies any social media platform can seldom be married to the dark suits that pour in and out of law firm offices. While the importance of social media for the business sector goes without saying, one may not readily mention Law as a sector that can be boosted by a strong social media presence. This might be attributed to concerns such as being taken seriously, both by other Phuket Law firms and by clients, whether potential and existing. While this holds true to a certain extent, it is only becoming less applicable in today’s space, with social media spurning entire departments dedicated to that and that alone.
The platforms themselves have evolved to this end, most having the ‘for business’ tagline to try and differentiate from the general use to a more niche clientele seeking use of the platforms in a more structured and professional manner, while still holding on to the ‘social‘ aspect of it all. Thus begs the question of whether a law firm should have a presence on social media. What are the gains, if any?

Well, first and foremost is visibility. Office signs and even billboards can only be seen by people in their vicinity. Social media propels a firm’s brand to people who would have otherwise never learned of its existence. A strategically placed professional image of a Phuket firm and the services offered on the internet might do way more in terms of bolstering firm visibility than a TV advertisement ever could, for a fraction of the budget. There is also word of mouth, only on steroids. If a Phuket firm has a Facebook page and an extremely happy client tells of the world class service and Phuket lawyers present the law firm, rest assured that the clientele will increase significantly, if not astronomically.

There is also firm personality, which is where a Phuket law firm will show a different side to them, inherently ‘humanizing’ the lawyers and making them more approachable, especially to firms that deal in Family law. Posts of Phuket lawyers doing some social activity, say, cleaning the neighborhood or visiting a hospital will instantly win you favor and earn the firm instant consideration from either organizations or individuals who are impressed with the showing of social responsibility.

Tying in to this is social interactions and allowing the firm or Phuket lawyers to provide some kind of commentary on social issues that are affecting the public, or just performing bits of social education by enlightening the firm’s followers of certain legal issues that they may not be aware of. Appreciation for this will be the individuals you have helped in one way or another coming to the firm for further clarification or even seeking legal services.

With that said, social platforms should not regurgitate the information that is already present on a firm’s website. It should offer a unique perspective while still remaining true to the core values and beliefs of the firm, while also providing an avenue for growth from a business standpoint. There are analytics which are always important, and the feedback from the public only helps in realizing weak areas of the Phuket firm and coming up with ways to improve and grow. Besides, who said lawyers can’t be social!

Happy Phuket Lawyer

Of Lawyers an Happiness

It is a common belief that lawyers and happiness do not go together. The fact is that just like any other notable profession, law has its own downsides. Working in a good Phuket Law Firm is any upcoming Phuket lawyer’s dream, but nothing comes without hard work. Very few off days, late nights and evenings, a poor social life and stress may become part of the job at a particular stage in your career. Anyone aspiring to be a lawyer in a big firm may look at that and start rethinking their career path, but would be wrong to do so. Law can be one of the most fulfilling and well-paying jobs in the world, provided your individual and work environments remain positive. A good Phuket law firm will put in place environments that keep the lawyers positive and happy. Human-friendly policies and part-time schedules have been introduced to promote the well-being of lawyers.

Corporate social responsibility, or just being a lawyer that is selfless is a great way to stay a happy lawyer. Giving back to the community is always a heart-warming affair, and should be taken up by more Phuket lawyers. As well as giving one a sense of purpose, it boosts the community’s opinions about the lawyer and the law firm, bringing more smiles in terms of more clients. Pro bono work around Phuket, at the end of the day, may be more fulfilling than a high profile case. Why? Because you helped someone who had no one else.

Scheduled work is a great promoter of lawyer happiness. While less hours worked would make anyone happy, scheduling work properly should make it feel like you’ve done more work within less time. Settling for a part-time structure will give you more time for your personal life, for example, to be with family, albeit for significantly less pay. That peace of mind, however, is more important a source of happiness than earning a lot of money.

The mind is a powerful thing and thus maintain a positive outlook on things provides wondrous results. One’s attitude, especially a lawyer in a big Phuket law firm, will dictate a lot of things, including what their bosses and clients view them, which can either be positive or extremely negative. If already feeling downcast, a change of mind may be difficult to resolve as that switch requires a series of small changes that cumulatively get you steps closer to complete happiness. As mentioned with the environment, what you have around you determines your positivism, and you may need to stay away from people who bring you down. This should also include asking for a team or department head to assign you to work with other more positive personnel.

In addition to all this, good client outcome as a Phuket lawyer or Phuket law firm is an immediate and direct source of happiness. Not losing cases is fun. So as long as you are good at your job, there is a lot of happiness to be found in the law profession!

Court building

Side Jobs for Lawyers

While it is an illustrious career, law may require some people to seek additional means of income, especially at the very start of the journey.

Before a Phuket lawyer builds a good name for themselves or joins a top Phuket law firm, they have to work hard, win cases and earn the trust and praise from their clients. All this is necessary to firmly cement themselves among the best, and earn a salary that goes with such a reputation. This may also be the case for public service lawyers who may, in some cases, not earn as much as those with private practices. Whatever the case, one may want to engage in some activities outside of court for various reasons, not only financial.

Practicing law makes one develop essential skills like public speaking, the art of persuasion, professional drafting of certain kinds of documents, whether legal or otherwise, and negotiation. All these skills can be applied to almost every other industry, meaning that lawyers have an edge if they decided to venture out into other fields, especially for supplementary income.


Consulting is a cross-industry venture. A good Phuket lawyer will be fully capable of doing consultancy for any field they feel comfortable in. This is because a consultant has to be very knowledgeable about their clients and whatever issue they’re facing in order to come for advice and assistance. This greatly correlates to law as a potential client will approach you with a scenario and expect that you will provide the best way forward for them using your expertise on the law. Phuket law firms may also offer consultancy as a service, but most likely in a legal or at most, a business capacity.


A good lawyer is highly knowledgeable about things both within and outside the law. This is because the law covers everything. A good Phuket lawyer is more than capable of going into the education sector and becoming, say, a Thai history teacher or a lecturer at a law school, giving part-time classes and using their experience to provide a wealth of knowledge to other upcoming lawyers. This may also translate into mentor-ship and maybe having young, bright lawyers joining your top Phuket law firm.


As a Phuket lawyer, going over contracts and business agreements is part of the trade. Examining these documents and other legal documents over time will give you experience that will greatly assist in making you always give the best business and financial advice to your clients. Representing businesses and financial institutions gives you great connections and earns you knowledge about finances, whether for your Phuket law firm, or other businesses.

Communications and Marketing

In general, lawyers are very articulate and good with words, whether spoken or written. Lawyers are therefore perfect for the communication industry because they know what to say, how and when to say it, in order to achieve a certain goal. They are skilled in research and sourcing for information, with the added skills of knowing how to read people and read a room, making them good for getting people to listen and pay attention

Both in and out of court, every single lawyer has the potential to thrive wherever they please!

Coins on a table

Cases and Legal Fees

Law is both a practice and a business. Every Phuket lawyer and law firm is out to provide the best service to their clients and get paid in accordance with the service provided and the professionalism in which the task was executed. Different lawyers and Phuket law firms will differ, either slightly or significantly, in their fee notes. While the magnitude or complexity of a case may determine the charge, there are some cases which have a standard set of fees that are almost always incorporated. As a client, being aware of such is important beforehand and it helps you understand why Phuket lawyers will bill in certain manners for certain cases.

Criminal Cases

In criminal defense matters, Phuket firms will charge either hourly or a flat fee. This is determined by the lawyer after assessing the case. A good Phuket lawyer will be able to properly understand the scope of the case and determine the way forward after discussions with the client. Charging otherwise, such as on a contingent basis in uncommon and in some cases prohibited.

Family Law Cases

Family law cases involve matters such as divorce, child custody, and adoptions. Just like criminal cases, an hourly fee is normally charged for such. There are, however, cases that are straight-forward where complexities such as custody battles and child support are not present. In such a case, a Phuket lawyer may opt to charge a flat rate. Again, contingent fees are rare in such cases.

Debt Recovery Cases

In cases where another party is indebted to a client, the earlier mentioned contingent fee, or a success fee may be opted for. What this means that the lawyer will base his fee note on a certain percentage or amount determined by either whether he/she is successful in the recovery; and the sum recovered. On the flip side, if the client is being harassed or mistreated by a creditor, the lawyer may decide to charge a contingent fee should the client decide to sue. Hourly or flat rates are however still applicable.

Tort Cases

These are cases such as personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability. If a client is a victim of medical misconduct, which is common, the Phuket lawyer or law firm that takes up the case will most probably charge a contingent fee from the damages obtained. Hourly and success fees may still be charged, either solely or in addition to the initial fee. Rarely will a Phuket lawyer charge a flat rate in these types of cases.

Estate Planning and Probate

These are cases involving planning for the occurrence of a death or incapacitation, and the steps to be taken afterward. They involve drafting a will, or even management of estates as instructed. For the former, lawyers may charge a flat rate if it is simple, while the latter may invoke an hourly or percentage rate due to the increased complexity of the matter. The percentage may, for example, be based on the scope of the estate being managed.

Payment Periods

Depending on the agreement with the firm or lawyer, the fee may be payable at a certain point in time. Flat fees may be payable upfront either in part or whole. Hourly rates may be accumulated and be availed as a bill at the end of a stipulated amount of time, like a fortnight or month. Firms may require retainer fees, while others may offer payment plans. Every case is different. The most important thing is to first find a Phuket law firm or Phuket lawyer that will give you the best value for whatever fee note applies.

The Cost of a Phuket Lawyer

The Cost of a Good Phuket Lawyer

At some point in life, you will need a lawyer and a good one at that. If you are at that stage, then you are already in the right place. Over and above that, however, you may be wondering how much it will cost you to get law services from a respectable Phuket law firm. Even if it not the first time seeking legal services, the context is not always the same, or you may not have sought the same lawyer. In all matters, cost is a determinant as to what Phuket lawyer or law firm you choose to work with. So what is considered when determining legal costs?

Type and Reputation of Law Firm

To get the best, you have to pay for the best. It only makes sense that lawyers from some of the best Phuket law firms will charge more than the rest. Law firms with very high win rates almost come with an assurance that your legal matter will go as you want it to once they examine the case, and the confidence you obtain from that assurance will make whatever you pay worth it in the long run.

Lawyer Experience Levels

It is never advisable to get just any Phuket lawyer but to get one with a vast wealth of knowledge on the matter in which you need representation. While you may find a cheap lawyer, they may not have the required skills to tackle that particular matter, which ends up being a waste of time and resources, which in itself is an expensive outcome. More experienced lawyers will be in more demand and therefore charge more.

The Issue at Hand

Depending on the matter you wish to obtain legal service for, the lawyer fee may vary. More complex issues will cost the lawyer or Phuket law firm more time and resource to represent you accordingly. In addition, certain legal practice areas require specialized skills as opposed to more general matters. For example, International law and a common robbery will require different levels of expertise, with the former requiring a lawyer who specializes in the same. The type of case will also determine the billing structure used by the lawyer or the law firm. Complex matters will, therefore, have a higher billing.

Billing Method

Depending on the lawyer, firm or type of case, billing methods used to charge you for services may vary. The default billing method for most lawyers is an hourly charge that lasts the duration of the work being done. The above factors go into determining how much a Phuket lawyer will charge you hourly for his/her services. In some scenarios, lawyers choose to charge a flat rate for a straight forward matter like preparing a draft. In some scenarios where there are settlements paid out, lawyers take a percentage of the amount once the case is won.

While money is a sensitive issue, the old saying ‘cheap is expensive’ holds true even in law practice. However, we choose to put the client first, offering very affordable rates for our world class services. Talk to us today.

Phuket Law Firm

Qualities of a Good Lawyer

Practice does indeed make one perfect. A good law practice, more specifically a good practitioner of the law, abides by the same principle. Several other factors combine to bring about the makings of a good lawyer, and a Phuket lawyer is no exception. Any practice or Phuket law firm consisting of individuals with these characteristics ultimately becomes a great law firm. This mixture of traits and skills separate good lawyers from great lawyers.

Know the Law

Knowing the law is the bare minimum of becoming a lawyer. A good Phuket lawyer should know the law and know it well. This should incorporate both domestic and international laws, depending on the area of specialization. A good lawyer in Phuket should be familiar with Thai laws. Also important is the possession of technical skills like the drafting of contracts. Every lawyer in a Phuket law firm practicing corporate law should be able to draft a contract and get it stamped and notarized.

Develop both Oral and Written Communication Skills

Being able to communicate effectively and straight to the point is another trait of a great lawyer. To articulate or document a client’s position in a court of law requires that one be proficient, whether it is when questioning a witness, arguing the client’s case to a jury or avoiding any loopholes and problematic clauses in contracts and other legal documents drafted for a client. In a courtroom situation, oral skills involved in cross-examining witnesses should be mastered, while being able to select just the right words for a statement may be the deciding factor in a case.

Join the Bar Association

Being a member of the Thai Bar Association is a factor that sets a Phuket lawyer apart from the rest. Phuket law firms such as ours are privileged to be associated with the Bar courtesy of our very capable leader. The association keeps a database of member lawyers in Phuket, who have good records in client representation.

Find a Mentor

It is common knowledge that everybody starts from somewhere. Humble beginnings are often followed by paths to greatness, especially when under the wing of a Phuket lawyer with a wealth of experience in the field of interest. This willingness to learn under the guidance of veterans is a trait of a good lawyer.

Good Relationship with others in the Field

A good lawyer will have a good rapport with fellow lawyers, judges and court workers in Phuket by being kind and polite. A good lawyer will always be in good standings with the above professionals. Things tend to work out for the best for someone who is kind and polite he/she comes across.

Putting the Client Front and Center

A great lawyer will go out of their way to ensure that client satisfaction is achieved. This involves being honest and transparent with the client from the start and ensuring that you go out of your way to achieve the client’s wishes where possible. The client should be listened to, not judged and protected at all costs. Client privilege and confidentiality should be maintained at all times. At no point should a good lawyer engage in any activity that is to the detriment of his/her client.

A Home for Great Lawyers

Our Phuket law firm has lawyers meeting the above criteria, under the guidance of one of the Phuket lawyers. Our extensive experience has amassed a great wealth of knowledge in various specialization areas, suited to meet every client’s needs.

Phuket Law Firm

Choosing the best Phuket Lawyer and Law Firm for you

Whether for dispute resolution, legal representation or just for consultancy purposes, most individuals and/or businesses will require the services of a lawyer, and a competent one at that. Getting the right representation is just as important as getting the right surgeon. In some cases, your life may quite literally depend on it. So how does one find a good Phuket lawyer?

You need to make an informed decision. This requires putting some time into research. This will ultimately help determine the best Phuket law firm to enlist for whatever legal service you may require. A number of basic steps should be taken through this process

Have Clear Requirements

To get the best service, you should be aware of what exactly it is you need the lawyer to do for you. If you need services from an International law office, you will obviously require a Phuket law firm well conversant with international law. Different firms and lawyers have different areas of expertise and preferred areas of practice. Clear cut needs will assist in deciding whether a potential lawyer or firm is a good fit for you.

Bar Association

The Thai bar Association would be a good place to start when looking for a good Phuket lawyer. A database is normally maintained by the association. Being a member of this association means that the potential choice is well versed in Thai law and have outstanding track records in representing clients. Firms associated with the bar association will therefore provide an assurance of providing the best legal services you could ask for. Extra certifications in the legal field is of course an added plus.


Referrals go a long way in helping you determining the lawyer to work with. There are many law firms, and of course lawyers, in Phuket. Referrals are good because they are an assured assessment of services that the referee received. This, of course, should be from a trusted individual if it is by word of mouth. If you require legal services for your business, other businesses in the same field you operate in may offer relevant referrals that would help you decide. An international business would receive good referrals for an international law office from a similar business.

Online Research Services

A number of internet resources are at everyone’s disposal helping narrow down to finding the lawyer you want. Several services offer search features that drill down to firm and even area of practice, which you can specify according to your particular need. This greatly saves you time and gives you a good place to start when looking for a Phuket lawyer or Phuket law firm

Sit-downs and Interviews

When all the above is done, the next step would be to assess the identified firm or individual lawyer via a sit-down with them. This initial consultation should include questions from you. These may include:

  • Number of years in practice
  • Experience they have for your particular legal matter
  • Do they carry malpractice insurance
  • Fees and fee structure

This will lead to a mutual understanding between you and them, and be the start of a good professional relationship.

Are you looking for us?

The above steps will go a long way in helping you choose a legal partner. Our firm checks all the above boxes. We offer exemplary services in just about all dimensions of the legal landscape in Phuket, being able to meet whatever need you may have. Our track record speaks for itself, and our affordability is just an added bonus. All this is spearheaded by one of the leading lawyers in Phuket.