If you have any concerns about our service, our work, or our charges, you should discuss these first with the individual who has day-to-day control of your matter. If this person cannot satisfactorily address your concerns and you wish to make a complaint, please contact our Designated Complaints Handler, Iain Jones. You can write to him at HT Legal Ltd, Clarendon Chambers, 5a Market Place, Hyde, Cheshire, SK14 2LX or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within two working days of receiving your complaint, your complaint will be recorded in our Complaints Register
and a separate file will be opened in which we will store any correspondence and other documents relating to
your complaint. Within two working days we will also send you a letter acknowledging your complaint.
Within five working days of receiving your complaint, we will review your file(s) and any other relevant
documentation and send you a letter telling you how we propose to deal with your complaint. Examples of what
we might say in this letter are as follows:
Whichever form our investigation takes, we will aim to give you our final decision within six weeks of receiving your complaint (or sooner if possible).
If you are not satisfied with our final decision, please let us know and we will review our decision again. We will let you know the result of any appeal within five working days of receiving your appeal.
If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman about your complaint provided you do so within six months of the end of our Internal Complaints Handling Procedure. In addition, there are time limits relating to the date you first became aware or should have become aware of the problem. The relevant time limits are set out in the version of the Legal Ombudsman’s Scheme Rules in force from time to time (which can be accessed at: Complaints Handling Procedure Page 2 of 2 http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/downloads/documents/publications/Scheme-Rules.pdf or by contacting the Legal Ombudsman using the contact details provided below) and may only be extended by the Legal Ombudsman in exceptional circumstances. Ordinarily, you cannot use the Legal Ombudsman unless you have first attempted to resolve your complaint using our internal Complaints Handling procedure, but you will be able to contact the Legal Ombudsman if:
If you wish to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, you must be one of the following:
If you are not, you should be aware that you can only obtain redress by using our Complaints Handling Procedure or by mediation or arbitration, or by taking action through the Courts.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for
things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or
Address: Solicitors Regulation Authority, The Cube, 199 Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RN
Telephone: 0370 606 2555
Where we are not able to settle your complaint using our internal complaints process, there are alternative complaints bodies (such as the Ombudsman Services www.ombudsman-services.org) which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme. Please let us know if you would like to consider using an alternative complaints body to resolve your complaint.