Our complaints policy
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.
Our complaints procedure
If you have a complaint, please contact Mr Sheraz Akram, a director. Mr Akram has overall responsibility for client care. His contact details are:
16 Axis Court,
T: 01792 656519
F: 01792 656500
Upon receipt of your complaint Mr Akram will refer it to the relevant Head of Department involved in your complaint.
What will happen next?
1. We will send you a letter acknowledging your wish to lodge a complaint and we will ask you (if you have not already done so) to confirm the nature of your complaint in writing. We will also inform you of the relevant Head of Department who will deal with your complaint and to whom your complaint should be addressed. You can expect to receive our letter within two days of us receiving your complaint.
2. Your complaint will be recorded in our central register and a file will be opened. We will do this within a day of receiving your complaint.
3. Upon receipt of your written complaint immediate steps will be taken to investigate your complaint.
4. You will receive a written response to your complaint no later than 15 working days after receipt of your written complaint.
5. If, following receipt of our response you are still not satisfied you can ask for the matter to be reviewed by Mr Sheraz Akram.
6. Upon referral of the matter to Mr Akram he will review your complaint and also the initial response you will have received from us. Mr Akram will confirm his findings within 10 working days of the matter being referred to him.
7. If you are still not satisfied after the matter has been reviewed by Mr Akram you will be informed that you have the right to refer the matter to the Legal Ombudsman for independent adjudication. Your compliant should be taken to the Legal Ombudsman no later than 12 months from when the problem occurred or from when you should reasonably have become aware of the problem. In addition, you should contact the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final response from us in relation to your complaint. The contact details for the Legal Ombudsman are:
PO Box 6806
Tel No. 0300 555 0333
Normally, you will need to bring your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman
a) within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint or,
b) no later than 6 years from when the problem (act or omission) occurred or,
c) no later than 3 years from the date, you should reasonably have known that there were grounds for complaint. (assuming that the act/omission complained of took place before the 6th of October 2010 or was more than six years ago)
For the Legal Ombudsman to deal with your complaint:
1. The act or omission, or when you, the complainant, should reasonably have known there was a cause for complaint must have been after 5th October 2010
2. If your complaint is specifically about our bill, you have the right to object to it and apply for an assessment of it under part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. If you should choose to exercise this right, you may be unable to use the Legal Ombudsman service.
3. If you are complaining as a business client, you might not be able to use the Legal Ombudsman scheme, and should check the guidance on their website.
If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why