Complaints Handling Policy/Procedure
My complaints policy
I am committed to providing a high-quality service to all clients of the practice. This includes a commitment to putting things right when they go wrong. This policy explains how I will deal with any complaint that is referred to me. Your complaint might concern the way in which you have been dealt with, the quality of advice you have received or the amount of any invoice that you have received.
My complaints procedure
If you have a complaint, please let me know, whether by post to this office or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be helpful if you could let me know your concerns in writing, but if you would prefer not to, or if you would find it difficult to do so, please telephone me instead at 01983 292 707.
To explain to you how long this process might take I have included my target times for each stage of the process. Where, for any reason, it is not possible to observe any of these limits I will let you know and explain why.
What will happen next?
1. On receipt of your complaint I will send you a letter acknowledging your complaint and might invite you to a meeting to discuss your concerns. I will open a file for your complaint in my system and will examine the file on the work that this practice has been doing for you. I would look to acknowledge your complaint within two days of receiving it and will complete my initial examination within seven days.
2. I might then invite you to a meeting or write to you to ask for further information. Alternatively I might write to you setting out our views on the situation and proposing any redress that would seem to be appropriate. I will aim to write to you with my views and any suggestions within seven days of completing my investigations.
3. Where I feel that we have failed in our standards I could offer an apology, a reduction of any bill or a repayment in relation to any payment received.
4. You may, if you wish, approach the Legal Ombudsman who provides a service examining complaints against lawyers, including solicitors’ firms. He will usually expect firms to have concluded their examination of complaints within eight weeks their being notified of them and will usually expect to have complaints referred to him within six months of the end of our complaints handling process as set out above. The services provided by the Legal Ombudsman are limited to individuals and smaller organisations – for more details of his service see his website and the terms of business provided to you when you first instructed us. The full details of how to contact this office are as follows:
Telephone: 0300 555 0333
Minicom: 0300 555 1777
Address: Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ5. You should note that you should note that the Legal Ombudsman will not be able to accept your complaint if:
Thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention. I will do my best to address any dissatisfaction that you have experienced in using the services of this practice. My primary objective is to put things right.