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Dale & Co. Solicitors Lincoln

Specialist Solicitors in Family Law, Divorce,
Property, Conveyancing, Probate, Wills and Powers of Attorney.

DALE & Co. Solicitors Lincoln
Richard Dale
Solicitor Director

Complaints Procedure

DALE & CO CLIENT COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

Dale & Co. aims to provide the highest standard of legal service to every client. We recognise however, that we may not always achieve this aim and want to know about any problems so that we can try to put them right. We value feedback, which provides us with an opportunity to check the quality of our service and to make improvements. We will consider any complaint carefully and objectively, endeavouring to resolve the issues and reach a satisfactory conclusion.

WHO SHOULD I COMPLAIN TO?

If you wish to complain (about our service or charges) please contact the lawyer dealing with your matter. Their names and contact details will be in the engagement letter you received when you first instructed the firm. We are happy to deal with your complaint by informal discussion or in writing, at your choosing.  If you would prefer to deal with someone else, you are welcome to do so. You can contact our Complaints Partner (details below).

WHAT WILL DALE & CO DO?

We will acknowledge a complaint as soon as possible and set out a suggested timetable for our response. We normally aim to respond to you fully, within one calendar month of receiving your complaint.  If you are not satisfied with the initial response, the complaint can be escalated to the firm's Complaints Partner. The Complaints Partner will either:

(a) review the substance of your complaint themselves; or

(b) ask another partner to look into the matter.

(c) ask a solicitor from another firm to look into the matter

In either case your complaint will be looked at afresh and we will work with you to understand any remaining concerns. We will aim to provide a final response within a month of the complaint being escalated

WHAT ARE MY LEGAL RIGHTS?

Nothing in this procedure takes precedence over or replaces any right that you have to bring a complaint or dispute that you may have against the firm.

rdale@dale-law.co.uk

enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk. The postal address is Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806 Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ.

The Legal Ombudsman can only consider complaints from a specific type of client. In addition, the Legal Ombudsman can only consider complaints made within certain time limits, generally 6 months from the date of our final response letter. Please refer to the Legal Ombudsman website for full details.  If your complaint relates to fees, you may be entitled to have them reviewed by the court by applying for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. If you take advantage of this procedure within a month from the date of our invoice, your right to a detailed assessment is unconditional. If you delay beyond a month the court may impose conditions. Once a year has elapsed since the date of the bill you will lose the right to a detailed assessment unless there are special circumstances.  Alternatively, if you consider that we have breached a regulatory obligation, you may refer the matter directly to the SRA here:

report@sra.org.uk.

Dale & Co. has not adopted a specific ADR process, so if you have any concerns about the service you receive you should contact the firm’s Complaints Partner in the first instance.

Last Updated: Wednesday 15th September 2021


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