Abrahams Law Complaints Policy
Our complaints policy
Abrahams Law Solicitors are committed to
providing a high-quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes
wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our
Our complaints procedure
If you have a concern or a complaint, please
contact us as soon as you are aware of the problem so this can be addressed.
Please address your concerns to;
the unlikely event you feel concerned about the service you have received then
please immediately email either Tahir Mahmood at firstname.lastname@example.org
write to him at:
LAW SOLICITORS, Old Foundry, 48 Bridge Street, Bath Street,
Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 3BZ
What will happen next?
will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within five days
of our receiving the complaint, enclosing a copy of this procedure. If you have
special requirements due to a disability please let us know and we shall do our
best to accommodate any alternative arrangements you may require.
will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your
complaint to our complaints handling director, Tahir Mahmood, who will review
your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you.
Mahmood will then invite you to a meeting to discuss and, it is hoped, resolve
your complaint. He will do this within 14 days of sending you the
7 days of the meeting, Tahir Mahmood will write to you to confirm what took
place and any solutions he has agreed with you.
you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Tahir Mahmood will send you a
detailed written reply to your complaint, including his suggestions for
resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again to
explain why you remain unhappy with our response and we will review your
comments. Depending on the matter we may at this stage arrange for another
partner to review the decision.
will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review,
confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman using these contact details;
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9am to 5pm.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton,
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your
complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will
not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will
check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have,
then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:
- Within six months of receiving a final
response to your complaint
- No more than six years from the date of
- No more than three years from when you should
reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.
9. If we have to
change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.
Please Note before contacting the Legal
your complaint is specifically about our bill, you have the right to object to
it and apply for an assessment of it under part III of the Solicitors Act 1974.
If you should choose to exercise this right, and the court is assessing our
bill, you may be unable to use the Legal Ombudsman service.
you are complaining as a business client, unless you are a â€œmicro businessâ€ (as
defined by the European Union), you may not be able to use the Legal Ombudsman
scheme, and should check the guidance on Legal Ombudsmanâ€™s website.
you refer your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman as a trustee/personal
representative (executor/administrator) or beneficiary of the estate/trust of a
person who, before they died, had not referred the complaint to the Legal
Ombudsman the period runs from when the deceased should reasonably have known
there was cause for complaint; and when the complainant (or the deceased)
should reasonably have known there was a cause for complaint will be assessed
on the basis of the complainantâ€™s (or deceasedâ€™s) own knowledge, disregarding
what the complainant (or the deceased) might have been told if he/she had
the ombudsman considers there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. serious
illness or you were still within the time limits when you made your initial
complaint to them) then he/she may extend any of the above time limits to the
extent that he/she considers fair.
Alternative complaints bodies such as ProMediate exist which are ADR certified and competent to deal with complaints about legal
services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme.
We do not agree to use ProMediate as
the legal ombudsman already works in a similar way even though not ADR
What to do if you are unhappy with our behaviour
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help 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 other characteristic.
Visit their website to see how you can raise
your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation