It is important to us that we provide services of the highest quality to all of our clients. We aim to ensure that any complaints that clients may have are identified and dealt with in accordance with this procedure.
We have an established procedure for dealing with complaints from clients. The procedure has been established so that we can resolve as many problems as possible within our offices and avoid having complaints and problems reported and escalated, and to preserve the goodwill of our clients, even if things have gone wrong.
Our procedure also assists the firm in identifying the cause of any problem of which the client has complained offering any appropriate redress, and correcting any unsatisfactory procedures. We expect honesty and realism from any employee or partner when things have gone wrong and in turn we will support all employees / partners.
Such complaints must be dealt with sympathetically and quickly. Our reputation depends on this, as it is all part of our high standard of service and incorporates client care.
Clients are notified in our Engagement letter / Terms of Business of their right to complain. If the client asks for a copy of our standard procedure, it is at this point forwarded to them in writing.
A documented review of this policy / process will take place annually to verify its effective operation across our Firm.
A report by a client that their expectations of what they consider to be a good service have not been met.
A complaint can also be made by a prospective client if we have:
Making a complaint
You can register the complaint with the person dealing with your matter or the Client Care Director. The Client Care Director Lucy Thomas is responsible for ensuring that complaints are handled effectively and in accordance with this 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 complainant has evidence to show that we did not have reasonable grounds to do so.
The Client Care Director keeps a file / register of all complaints. The register/file include all the required details and the register is signed off when the complaint has been finalised. The Client Care Director reviews the complaints data and it also forms part of the Annual Risk Review. The complaints are reviewed to determine if there are any training requirements, changes in systems and processes which are required. This forms part of the Annual Risk Review.
Investigating the complaint
The Legal Ombudsman is an 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 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.
The Legal Ombudsman’s address is:
PO Box 6806,
Telephone, 0300 555 0333;
Or email email@example.com