COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

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.

Firstly please speak to the Fee Earner handling your case as many issues can be resolved by them. You may prefer to put your concerns in writing, in which case, please send your letter or an email to the person who is acting for you. If you prefer to, you can send your concerns to the Fee Earners Supervising Partner as set out in our client care letter.

Should the matter not be resolved to your satisfaction, please pass your complaint to our client care Partner, Andrew Cosma, who will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within five working days of receiving it.

The client care Partner will then review your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you. We have up to 42 days to consider your complaint. If we have not resolved it within this time you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman.

What will happen next?

  1. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within five working days of receiving it, enclosing a copy of this procedure.

  2. Once our investigation has taken place, you will receive a detailed written reply to your complaint, including suggestions for resolving the matter. You should normally expect to receive this reply within 28 days, but if your complaint is more complex, we may require more time (up to 42 days) and we will let you know when you will receive a full response.

  3. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for another Partner to review the decision.

  4. We will write to you within 28 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.

  5. If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the

    Legal Ombudsman,
    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 enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.

    We do recommend that you attempt to resolve your problem using our internal complaints procedure before contacting the Legal Ombudsman.

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