SRA Registration No. 619396
75 Park Lane, Old Knebworth
Hertfordshire SG3 6PP
Tel: +44 (0)7410 626191
I am a qualified, practicing solicitor in England and Wales with over 10 years' legal experience.
Our complaints policy
We are committed to providing a high-quality service to all clients of the practice. This includes a commitment to putting things right when they go wrong. This policy explains how we will deal with any complaint that is referred to us. Your complaint might concern the way in which you have been dealt with, the quality of advice you have received or the amount of any invoice that you have received.
Our complaints procedure
If you have a complaint, please let us know, whether by post to this office or by e-mail at email@example.com. It would be helpful if you could let me know your concerns in writing, but if you would prefer not to, or if you would find it difficult to do so, please telephone me instead at +44 (0)7410 626191.
To explain to you how long this process might take, we have included our target times for each stage of the process. Where, for any reason, it is not possible to observe any of these limits we will let you know and explain why.
What will happen next?
- On receipt of your complaint we will send you a letter acknowledging your complaint and might invite you to a meeting to discuss your concerns. We will open a file for your complaint in our system and will examine the file on the work that this practice has been doing for you. We would look to acknowledge your complaint within two days of receiving it and will complete our initial examination within seven days.
- We might then invite you to a meeting or write to you to ask for further information. Alternatively we might write to you setting out our views on the situation and proposing any redress that would seem to be appropriate. We will aim to write to you with our views and any suggestions within seven days of completing our investigations.
- Where we feel that we have failed in our standards, we could offer an apology, a reduction of any bill or a repayment in relation to any payment received.
- If, by this stage, you are still not satisfied, please let us know. It would be helpful to us if you could do so within the next 21 days, but there is no obligation on you to do so. We will then arrange to review our decision in the light of any comments that you make. We would generally aim to do this within ten days of hearing from you.
- We will let you know the result of the review within seven days of the end of the review and will do so by writing to you to confirm our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
- You may, if you wish, approach the Legal Ombudsman who provides a service examining complaints against lawyers, including solicitors’ firms. He will usually expect firms to have concluded their examination of complaints within eight weeks of being notified of them and will require complaints to be referred to him within six months of the end of our complaints handling process as set out above. The services provided by the Legal Ombudsman are limited to individuals and smaller organisations – for more details of his service see the Legal Ombudsman's website and the terms of business provided to you when you first instructed us. The full details of how to contact the Legal Ombudsman's office are as follows:
- You should note that you should note that the Legal Ombudsman will not be able to accept your complaint if:
- more than six years have elapsed from the date of the alleged act or omission giving rise to your complaint;
- more than three years have elapsed since the time that you should have known about your entitlement to make a complaint if later than above; or
- the date of the alleged act or omission giving rise to the complaint was before the 6th October 2010.