We are committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us improve our standards and be a better firm.
A report by a client that their expectations of what they consider to be good service has not been met.
You can register the complaint with the person dealing with your matter, or our Client Care and Office Manager directly – Chris Harris.
In the first instance, we’d prefer if you write to us with full details of your complaint so that we have a good understanding of the issues being highlighted.
You can write to Chris at:
2 Stuart Street
Or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Harris is responsible for ensuring that complaints are handled effectively and in accordance with the procedure. This procedure will also apply to prospective clients who we have refused to provide a service to or persistently or unreasonably offered an unwanted service to, but only if the claimant has evidence to show that we did not have reasonable grounds to do so.
Chris keeps a register of all complaints. The register includes all the required details and the register is signed off when the complaint has been finalised. Chris and the management team reviews the complaints data and it also forms part of our annual risk review. Any complaints are reviewed to determine if there are any training requirements, changes in systems and processes which are required.
The Legal Ombudsman is the independent body established by the office for legal complaints under the legal services Act 2007 to deal with complaints against solicitors. The Legal Ombudsman may:
Before it will consider a complaint the Legal Ombudsman generally requires that the firm’s internal complaint procedure (outline above) has been exhausted. If the legal Ombudsman is satisfied that the firms proposals for resolving a complaint are reasonable, it may decline to investigate further. You will have to bring your complaint to the legal ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final response from us about your complaint, and 6 years from the date of the act or omission, giving rise to the complaint. Alternatively, 3 years from the date you should reasonably have known there are grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before October 6th, 2010 or was more than 6 years ago).
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be things like dishonesty, taking or losing money or treating you unfairly because of age, race, disability or any other characteristic.You are able to raise concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority
Alternative complaint bodies (such as the Ombudsman, www.ombudsmanservices.org/) exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm want to use such a scheme. However, we don’t currently agree to use this Alternative Dispute Resolution service in view of the availability of the independent Legal Ombudsman Service established under the Legal Services Act 2007. We are bound by our Regulatory Code to comply with the Legal Ombudsman.
If we are unable to resolve your complaint which relates to a contract entered into online, you may contact the Online Dispute Resolution providers by accessing the following link – http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr