We try hard to provide an excellent service to our clients. We hope that we will meet or exceed clients’ expectations so that they will not feel the need to complain, but where this is not the case and the complaint is merited, we will take appropriate action.
What is a complaint?
The SRA now defines a complaint as being any expression of dissatisfaction that the complainant has suffered (or may suffer) financial loss, distress, inconvenience or other detriment. However, a client may have a justifiable cause of complaint if the service they receive falls below our usual standard, even if it does not meet this threshold. Common sense suggests that problems that are immediately resolved.
Timeframe for dealing with the complaint
All formal complaints are recorded and investigated thoroughly and impartially, obtaining and considering evidence objectively within the timeframe below:
Acknowledge complaint in writing
|Within 7 working days of receipt of complaint|
|Investigate the issues||
Within 28 days of receiving the complaint acknowledgement
Invite the person making the complaint to a meeting or to discuss the issues by telephone
On conclusion of the investigation
Confirm the outcome of the meeting or telephone conversation in writing
|Within 7 working days of the meeting or telephone conversation|
If a meeting/telephone discussion is not possible or required:
Investigate the issues and write to the person with the outcome
|Within 21 days of the conclusion of the investigation|
|Review and close the complaint||
Within 8 weeks of receiving the complaint
If it is not possible to adhere to the deadlines indicated above, we will endeavour to contact you explaining why and providing a new timeframe by which the client will receive further contact and we will:
At the conclusion of the internal investigation, we will remind clients that they may ask the Legal Ombudsman to investigate, usually within 12 months.
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