We look at client complaints objectively and take a constructive approach to reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
We recognise that complaints may provide us with an opportunity to check the quality of our service and make improvements.
You will not be charged by us for handling your complaint.
If you have a complaint, please address it to us in writing. Our contact details are here.
What Happens Next?
Your complaint will be acknowledged within 3 working days of us receiving your complaint.
We will then investigate your complaint and respond within a further 21 working days. If for any reason we need more time, we’ll let you know in advance with the reason(s) why and a date by which you’ll receive a response.
We’ll usually respond in writing and we may suggest a meeting.
We will inform you of our views and how we propose to resolve the complaint. Such solutions or remedies may include but are not limited to: (a) a verbal or written apology; (b) a review of our policies and procedures; (c) an appropriate and proportionate reduction or refund of our fees.
After the above procedure has been followed, if you remain dissatisfied, or after a period of 8 weeks from the date of your complaint, you can refer your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman whose contact details are: Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, 0300 555 0333, firstname.lastname@example.org, https://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/
The Legal Ombudsman may: (a) investigate the quality of the professional service supplied by a solicitor to a client; (b) express a view on whether the solicitor’s charges are found reasonable; or (c) refer allegations that the solicitor has breached rules of professional conduct to the SRA. The Legal Ombudsman will not: (a) determine complicated issues of fact or law which can only be decided by a Court; or (b) give legal advice or tell a solicitor how to handle a case; or (c) review the outcome of a court case.
If you decide to refer your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, the time limits are either (a) no more than 1 year from the act or omission being complained about, or (b) 1 year from the date when you should have realised that there was cause for complaint.
Alternative complaints bodies (such as Ombudsman Services, ProMediate and Small Claims Mediation) exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and this firm wish to use such a scheme.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your complaint in relation to our invoice you may also apply to the Court for an assessment of the invoice under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974 but you will be responsible for the costs of such assessment if the invoice is not reduced.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can assist if you are concerned about the behaviour of a solicitor. They are not able to deal with issues of poor service. Their website is https://www.sra.org.uk/.