CLIENT FEEDBACK AND Complaints 

We are committed to providing a quality service to our clients.  However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service we have provided, including any charges, then you should inform us immediately so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.

 

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues at this stage. If your lawyer cannot resolve your concern informally, or if the issue is of a serious nature that you do not feel comfortable raising with your lawyer and you would like to make a formal complaint, please email mail@appeal.org.uk to request a copy of our complaints policy. Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.

 

What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint

 

The Legal Ombudsman may be able to help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at complaints independently and accessing the Ombudsman will not affect how we handle your case. Most ‘consumer’ clients (as oppose to large businesses) will be able to make use of the Ombudsman scheme however there are restrictions for some larger clients.

The Legal Ombudsman will generally expect clients to follow a firm’s internal complaints procedure first. The Legal Ombudsman expects complaints to be made to them within one year of the date of the act or omission about which you are concerned or within one year of you realising there was a concern. You must also refer your concerns to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of our final written response to you.

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them:

Visit: http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm. Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6167, Slough, SL1 0EH

Please note that the Ombudsman are there to deal with concerns about the level of service received. Where there are more serious concerns that a solicitor or solicitor’s firm have been involved in professional misconduct then reports can also be made to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the regulator of solicitors and solicitor firms. This could be for quite unusual and serious acts of misconduct such as dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic. Obviously we do not anticipate any such problems arising and would ask that you notify the matter supervisor straight away if you have any such concerns.

 

You can find out more about the Solicitors Regulation Authority including their contact details and professional conduct rules on their website: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor/

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