Complaints information

At Fisher and Co Solicitors Ltd, all clients will be given information about what to do if they have a problem with the service provided or any other aspects of the firm. 

Complaints Procedure 

At Fisher and Co Solicitors Ltd, we define a complaint as any reasonable expression of client dissatisfaction or grievance. 

Complaints will be identified by the member of staff who first comes in to contact with the complaint or expression of dissatisfaction or grievance however it is expressed. If it is in written form, this is likely to be the person who opens the post or reads the fax; if in electronic form, the person who opens the email and if verbal or via the telephone, the person to whom the client is speaking. The following applies to all complaints received by the firm: 

- They will be recorded in a central file 

- They will be acknowledged and the client notified of when they will receive a substantive response which should be within two weeks of when the complaint was first received. 

- The complainant will be informed of the person to whom they should take matters if they remain dissatisfied at any stage. 

- Options for redress and for correcting any underlying problem or unsatisfactory procedures will be provided. 

As soon as a complaint is received, it will be brought to the attention of Ian Fisher our Complaint Manager who will carry out the following steps: 

 - Identify the cause of the complaint and the reason for the grievance 

 - Discuss the case and the complaint with the relevant fee earner 

 - If not already in writing, try to obtain a detailed written version of the complaint from the complainant. 

 - Determine if the complaint has merit 

 - Decide what action needs to be taken to prevent the complaint happening again - Decide what action needs to be taken to satisfy the complainant. 

 Ian Fisher will be the person with overall responsibility for complaints and James Winter-Whitaker our Practice Manager, will be responsible for dealing with complaints made about Ian Fisher using the above procedure and will be identified as such on relevant letters to clients where Ian Fisher has conduct of the case. 

 Complaints To the Legal Ombudsman, Alternative Dispute Resolution and the SRA 

 Fisher and Co Solicitors Ltd will ensure that clients are informed in writing at the time of engagement about: 

(a) their right to complain to Fisher and Co Solicitors Ltd about our services and our charges; 

(b) how a complaint can be made and to whom; and 

(c) any right they have to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman and when they can make any such complaint. 

 Fisher and Co Solicitors Ltd will ensure that when clients have made a complaint to us, if this has not been resolved to the client's satisfaction within 8 weeks following the making of a complaint they are informed, in writing: 

(a) of any right they have to complain to the Legal Ombudsman, the time frame for doing so and full details of how to contact the Legal Ombudsman; and 

(b) if a complaint has been brought and our complaints procedure has been exhausted: 

i. that we cannot settle the complaint; 

ii. of the name and website address of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) approved body which would be competent to deal with the complaint; and iii. whether we agree to use the scheme operated by that body.