We are committed to high quality legal advice and client care and endeavour to resolve matters of complaint as soon as possible. In order to do this, we follow our complaints handling procedure. This document aims to ensure that you are fully aware of our procedure, the relevant timeframes and other avenues for redress that may be available to you should we be unable to resolve the matter ourselves.
If you have not already done so, please let us know the full nature of the problem. Ideally, we would prefer that your complaint be confirmed in writing in order that any scope for misunderstanding can be avoided. However, this is not obligatory and you are welcome to provide the details to me over the telephone or face to face. If you are setting out your concerns in writing then you can do this by emailing the managing partner, Qamar Islam at firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to him at Qamar Solicitors, 29 Halifax Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 2JH.
We will write to you acknowledging your complaint within five working days.
We shall investigate the matter by reviewing the matter file and speaking to the member of staff concerned within five working days of acknowledging receipt of your complaint. If, for some reason, the matter cannot be investigated in this timeframe, then we will write to you notifying you of this together with the reason why and giving a revised timescale.
Once the investigation has been completed, we shall write to you accordingly to advise you of our findings.
If you remain unsatisfied with our response, we shall invite you to discuss the issue(s) you have raised and hopefully resolve the complaint. This could be a meeting or telephone call and will take place within fourteen days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
We shall write to you within five working days of any meeting or phone call to confirm our discussion and the solution agreed upon and/or any final redress that is offered.
Alternatively, if you do not want to or are unable to attend such a meeting or you would prefer to continue to correspond by letter or email (or if a meeting is not required), we will send you a detailed, written response, including our proposed solution, within fourteen working days of our sending you the letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint.
If you are satisfied with our response following the above steps, that will be the end of the matter. However, if you are not satisfied, you should contact me again and we will review our decision or, depending on the circumstances, will arrange for another Partner or a member of staff who is unconnected with the matter to review our decision. We will write to you within fourteen days of receiving your request with confirmation of the firm’s final position in relation to your complaint, outlining the reasons and any final redress that is offered.
Step Six (other avenues):
You must always try complaining to us first. In most cases you will not be able to take your complaint further without allowing us the opportunity to put things right.
We are permitted a minimum of eight weeks to consider the complaint. If for any reason we are unable to resolve the problem between us within that timeframe, then you may ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint.
You are free to refer any complaint about our work, fees or level of service but there are some conditions and time limits. We have eight weeks to consider your complaint. If for any reason we are unable to resolve the problem between us within that timeframe, then you may ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint. The Legal Ombudsman may be contacted at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ.
Please be aware that any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must usually be made within six months of your having received a final written response from us about your complaint. Complaints to the Legal Ombudsman must usually be made within one year of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring; or within one year from when you should have known about or become aware that there were grounds for complaint.
For further information, you should contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
If you think a solicitor might be dishonest or you have concerns about their ethics or integrity, you also have the right to notify our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). There are no time limits for making a report but there are limits on what the SRA will consider. Please note that the SRA is not able to deal with issues of poor service (complaints of this nature should instead be referred to the Legal Ombudsman). For further information about the SRA’s role, please contact the SRA or visit: https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor.page#report