We are committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong we want our clients to tell us about it. Every complaint will improve our standards and our aim is to reduce the risk of potential complaints in the future.
Making a Complaint
We regard as a complaint a report by a client that their expectations of what they consider to be a good service have not been met by us or where we have not done what you agreed with us to the professional standard expected.
You can register a complaint with the person dealing with your matter or their Supervisor, details of which are given in your initial Client Care Letter. In the first instance, we would prefer if you write to us with full details of your complaint so that we have a good understanding of the issues being highlighted in order that we can investigate and consider the matter fully.
Investigating the Complaint
If you remain dissatisfied with the outcome, or the way the complaint has been handled, you may write to the Managing Partner James Jaffa– also at the address above, who will make such further investigations as are necessary.
We would generally aim to do this within 10 days. This will happen in one of the following ways –
The Managing Partner will inform you of the conclusions and any alternative proposals to resolve the complaint.
If still unresolved at this stage, you may take the complaint to the Legal Ombudsman or, in accordance with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Regulations to an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Scheme Provider. We will issue a final letter advising you of this.
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 Complaints Procedure (outlined above) has been exhausted. If the Legal Ombudsman is satisfied that the firm’s 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.
The Legal Ombudsman’s address and contact details are:
The Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.
You can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Schemes
Alternative complaints bodies [include one of the following: Ombudsman Services, ProMediate and Small Claims Mediation and the website] exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish 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.
Contracts Entered in to Online
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 https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr