So you're wondering how to pick a private lawyer. There are a lot of dodgy lawyers out there, with complete disregard for professional ethics and customer service. Here are some tips:
I think LegalAid and Community Legal Centres are fairly competent. So if you can avoid having to fork out for a private lawyer, because the matter is simple, try a free resource first. Essentially a private lawyer will charge a lot of money for doing the same job. However there are instances when you'll need to go with a private lawyer because LegalAid funding isn't available.