We value your business and do not wish you to have any reason to be unhappy with us. We are confident of providing a high quality service. It is therefore important that you raise any concerns you may have with us immediately so that we may address them. This will help us to improve our standards.
If you are dissatisfied with the service received or if you are dissatisfied with regards to a charge on a bill received, please first contact the member of staff who is dealing with your matter and they will try to resolve your concerns informally. Our aim will always be to deal with your concerns as quickly as possible and without recourse to any formal complaints procedure, if that is possible.
If it is clear that you remain dissatisfied, the member of staff will inform you of the existence of our formal complaints procedure by sending you a copy of this procedure.
You should write to Mohammed Abdulkuddus, our Complaints Handling Partner; his email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Clearly mark your letter “formal complaint”. Please outline the cause of your dissatisfaction and if possible the action you would like us to take in order to remedy that dissatisfaction.
We will acknowledge receipt of your complaint within five working days and inform you of the name of the person who is dealing with your complaint. The firm takes any form of complaint very seriously and as a result of our ongoing commitment to ensuring good client care and quality of service, we may also outsource stage 2 of our complaints procedure to an Independent Complaints Handler. We believe that this is in the interest of our clients as it allows us to obtain an independent view on any complaints and also constructive feedback on how our services can be improved. Your complaint will be acknowledged by them within 5 working days and a thorough investigation undertaken. We will record your complaint in our central register which is reviewed regularly by the firm.
The person investigating the complaint will have full access to all the information and personnel that they require to investigate your complaint properly. They may contact you directly to discuss and confirm your heads of complaints and request any further information from you to assist the investigation.
We will ask the person investigating the complaint to recommend the action which they believe would be recommended by the Legal Ombudsman if the complaint was referred to their office.
The person investigating your complaint will provide you with a detailed assessment report together with their recommendations to resolve the complaint, if any, a copy of which will be first forwarded to Mohammed Abdulkuddus for review. If the complaint is outsourced, we will generally follow their recommendations made but if we think they are not appropriate we will explain our reasons to you.
We have 8 weeks from the date we receive your complaint to fully investigate and provide our final response to you.
If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will contact you to explain why.
You will not be charged for our time spent dealing with a complaint internally.
If you are still not satisfied, the next step is for you to contact the Legal Ombudsman by one of the following methods:
The Ombudsman service is only available to members of the public, very small businesses, charities, clubs and trusts. If you are unclear about your position, then you should contact the Legal Ombudsman direct to clarify whether or not they can deal with your complaint. Alternatively, please refer to the Legal Ombudsman’s scheme rules which are available by clicking on the following link:
You have the right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman at the conclusion of our complaints process providing you do so within 6 months of the date of our final written response.
Ordinarily you can also ask the Legal Ombudsman to investigate your complaint if you are referring your complaint within:
1. either 6 years of the problem happening, or
2. 3 years from when you found out about it.
Alternative complaints bodies such as ProMediate exist, which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme. MAK Solicitors does not agree to use ProMediate as we prefer the Legal Ombudsman’s clear adjudication process.
If you are dissatisfied with our bill, you have the right to apply to the High Court for an assessment of our charges by an Officer of the Court under ss. 70, 71 and 72 of the Solicitors Act 1974. We hope that before making such an application you would first use our complaints procedure explained above.
Complaints about misconduct
If you have any concerns about any misconduct or breach of the SRA Code of Conduct by our firm such as taking or losing your money, dishonesty or discrimination, you can also report the matter to our regulatory body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Their details are:
The Solicitors Regulation Authority
0370 606 2555
Fax: +44 207 691 7916
Or use our contact form.