Complaints Procedure

Complaints Procedure

Our Approach

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, to enable us to do our best to resolve the problem for you.

Information to be given to clients at the outset of their case

We will tell all clients at the outset of their case that they are entitled to complain about our services to them, including about the firm’s bill. Clients will be provided with information about who to contact if they cannot easily resolve their complaint with the lawyer who has conduct of their case.

What is a complaint?

We will regard a complaint as being any expression of dissatisfaction in relation to the legal services, client care or complaints management process provided by the practice, where a response or resolution is explicitly or implicitly expected.

How complaints should be made

If you become unhappy or concerned about the service we are providing, then you should let us know. Complaints may be made face to face, by letter, email, or on the telephone. In the first instance, it may be helpful to contact the lawyer who is dealing with your case to discuss your concerns, as they may be able to resolve this informally for you.  

However, if you remain unsatisfied and you wish to make a formal complaint, then please contact Amjid Ibrahim with the full details of your complaint.  We prefer you to raise any complaint as soon as possible, to give us the best opportunity to resolve it. We would expect to receive any complaints within 12 months of the date of the act or omission about which you are concerned, or within 12 months of you realising that there was a concern. 

How will we respond to a complaint?

  • On receipt of a complaint, we will send you a letter acknowledging your complaint within two working days of receiving it, enclosing a copy of this procedure. 
  • We will then investigate your complaint. This will include reviewing your file and speaking to the lawyer responsible for your matter. We will seek to identify the cause of your complaint and will seek to offer appropriate redress. We will analyse if we need to make any changes to our policies and procedures and if we have any training needs. 
  • Amjid Ibrahim will then offer you the opportunity of a meeting to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. She will do this within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter. 
  • Within three days of a meeting, Amjid Ibrahim will write to you to confirm the outcome of the meeting and any solutions she has agreed with you. 
  • If you do not want a meeting, or if it is not possible to arrange one, Amjid Ibrahim will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including her suggestions for resolving the matter, within 28 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter. 
  • If your case and/or complaint are particularly complicated, we may not be able to adhere to the standard timeframe set out in this procedure. In these circumstances, we will explain this to you and will aim to agree with you a realistic, fair timeframe for investigating your complaint and for responding to you.

What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint

However, please note that from 1 April 2023 these time limits are changing. From 1 April 2023 the Legal Ombudsman will expect 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. The requirement to refer your concerns to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of our final response to you will remain the same. 

Records of complaint

We will maintain a central record of all complaints. This will enable us to conduct an annual review of all complaints received and the outcome to enable us to verify that our complaint procedure is in effective operation across the firm. A copy of this procedure will be published on our website.

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