Person Responsible: Siobhan Casey
Updated August 2020.
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 to improve our standards.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) set standards and requirements they expect solicitors to achieve and observe for the benefit of the clients they serve and in the public interest. The SRA welcomes any complaints about a firms dishonesty or breach of the SRA principles. Examples of this would be:
- shutting down their law firm without telling you
- dishonesty or deliberately overcharging you
- taking or losing your money
- treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic
Unlike the legal ombudsman, they do not deal with complaints of bad service. Examples of bad service would be:
- Not replying to your emails, letters or calls.
- Losing your documents or giving you unclear advice.
- Charging you an amount you are not happy with.
- Not explaining issues properly so you do not understand.
If you would like to visit the SRA website for their complaints policy please follow this link: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor/
If you have a complaint, please contact us with the details. We have eight weeks to consider your complaint. If we have not resolved it within this time you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman.
What will happen next?
- We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within three days of receiving it, enclosing a copy of this procedure.
- We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to your case handler, who will review your file and refer it to the quality representative Siobhan Casey. If your complaint is about Siobhan Casey then we will allocate the complaint management to Angela Humphrey. All references in the policy are to Siobhan but of course if Angela is dealing the process will be conducted by Angela.
- Siobhan Casey will then invite you to a meeting telephone or face to face to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. She will do this within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
- Within three days of the meeting, Siobhan Casey will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions she has agreed with you.
- If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Siobhan will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including her suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
- At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for someone unconnected with the matter at the firm to review the decision.
- We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
- If a complaint has not been resolved to you satisfaction within 8 weeks of it being made, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman, at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ about your complaint. Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint or within six years of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring (or if outside of this period, within three years of when you should reasonably have been aware of it). For further information, you should contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternate complaints bodies such as ProMediate exist which are ADR certified and competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme.
We do not agree to use ProMediate as the legal ombudsman already works in a similar way even though not currently ADR certified.