Complaints Handling Procedure
Dedicated Accident Solicitors is committed to high quality legal advice and client care. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the service you have received or any bill, please raise your concern with John Das, who is also the firm’s appointed client care contact, by telephone on 01332 897 222 or by fax on 01332 345 653 or by e-mail to email@example.com or by post to our head office at 100 Douglas Street, Derby, DE23 8LJ.
If you are a client and we have made a contract with you by electronic means, you may be entitled to use an EU online dispute resolution service to assist with any contractual dispute you may have with us. This service can be found at Europa. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complaints handling policy
We 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 standards.
If you have a complaint, please contact us with the details.
What will happen next?
- We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within three days of receiving it, enclosing a copy of this procedure.
- We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to our principal solicitor, Mr John Das, who will review your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you.
- Mr Das will then invite you to a meeting or arrange to speak with you on the telephone to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. He will do this within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
- Within three days of the meeting or telephone discussion, Mr Das will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions he has agreed with you.
- If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Mr Das 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.
- At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for someone unconnected with the matter at the firm to review his decision.
- We 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.
- If your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction within eight weeks of making your complaint, you can contact the Legal Ombudsman :
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
about your complaint. Full details of the kind of complaints which the Ombudsman will accept, can be found on their website at http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/.
Please note that you can usually only contact the Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint. Complaints must be made within 6 years from the date of the act/omission or three years from when you should have known about the complaint. The Ombudsman will not accept complaints where the act/omission/date of awareness was before 6th October 2010. You should also note that the Ombudsman may not consider a complaint about a bill if you have applied to the court for it to be assessed.
If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.
We will not charge you for handling your complaint.