External Complaints Policy

We are committed to providing a high-quality legal service.

We acknowledge that we may not always get it right so if something has gone wrong, including in relation to the bill, we need you to tell us.

 

How do I make a complaint?

You can contact us in writing (by letter or email) or by speaking with our complaints practice director, whose contact details are: Karen Seymour, East Gate House, 94 East Street, Warminster BA12 9BG E: kseymour@middletonssolicitors.co.uk.

To help us to understand your complaint, and in order that we do not miss anything, please tell us:

  • your full name and contact details
  • what you think we have got wrong
  • what you hope to achieve as a result of your complaint, and
  • your file reference number (if you have it)

If you require any help in making your complaint we will try to help you.

 

How will you deal with my complaint?

We will record your complaint centrally.

We will write to you within 3 working days acknowledging your complaint, enclosing a copy of this policy.

We will investigate your complaint. This will usually involve:

  • reviewing your complaint
  • reviewing your file(s) and other relevant documents, and
  • speaking with the person who dealt with your matter

We may also need to ask you for further information or documents. If so, we will ask you to provide the information within a specific period of time.

We will update you on the progress of your complaint at appropriate times.

We may also, if appropriate, invite you to a meeting to discuss your complaint. You do not have to attend if you do not wish to or if you are unable to. We will be happy to discuss the matter with you on the telephone.

We will write to you at the end of our investigation to tell you what we have done and what we propose to do to resolve your complaint. Where possible, we will aim to do this within 28 days of the date of our letter of acknowledgement.

 

What if I am not satisfied with the outcome?

If you are unhappy with the outcome of our complaints handling procedure, please first let us know and we will review the matter.

If you are still unhappy you can ask the Legal Ombudsman to look into your complaint. You can contact the Legal Ombudsman:

  • by post at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
  • by telephone: 0300 555 0333, or
  • by email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

You must usually refer your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of our final written response to your complaint and within six years of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring (or within three years of you becoming aware of it). Further details are available on the website: legalombudsman.org.uk.

Alternative complaints bodies such as ProMediate https://www.promediate.co.uk exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme. We will consider an ADR process. If, therefore, you wish to complain further, we will confirm if we are willing to enter into an ADR process with Promediate, subject to your agreement. This will involve a cost which we can discuss.

 

What will it cost?

We will not charge you for handling your complaint.

Please note that if we have issued a bill for work done on the matter, and all or some of the bill is not paid, we may be entitled to charge interest on the amount outstanding.

The Legal Ombudsman service is free of charge.

The ADR entity to which the complaint is transmitted may charge for its service. The ADR entity is responsible for informing all parties of the cost of its dispute resolution procedure.

 

January 2019

Solicitors in Warminster and Westbury, Wiltshire and Andover and Stockbridge, Hampshire

Karen Seymour
Practice Director

Please Contact
kseymour@middletonssolicitors.co.uk

01985 214444

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