Complaints Handling Procedure 

We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). We are committed to  high quality legal advice and client care and aim to offer all our clients an efficient and effective service.  However, if our clients would like to discuss how the service to them could be improved, the level of  their bill, or should there be any aspect of our service with which they are not satisfied, we ask them  to please contact the person in our firm responsible for complaints handling: Karen Houghton, Director  on either M: 07970 094436 E: or by post to 36a Common Lane, Culcheth, Warrington WA3 4HA. 

We are committed to high quality legal advice and client care and are keen to resolve any concerns as  soon as possible and in order to do this, will follow our complaints handling procedure. 

Our complaints procedure is as follows: 

Step One:
If they have not already done so, we ask our clients to let us know the full nature of the problem.

Step Two:
Our Complaints Handling Representative will write to the client acknowledging their complaint within  five working days. In this letter, we shall confirm what happens next. 

Step Three:
Our complaints Handling Representative shall then investigate the matter by reviewing the matter file  and speaking to the member of staff concerned within five working days of acknowledging receipt of  the complaint. If, for some reason, the matter cannot be investigated in this timeframe, then we will  write to the client notifying them of this together with the reason why and giving a revised timescale. 

Once the investigation has been completed, our Complaints Handling Representative shall invite the  client to a meeting to discuss the issue(s) they have raised and hopefully resolve the complaint. This  meeting will take place within fourteen days of sending the acknowledgement letter to the client.  Following the meeting, our Complaints Handling Representative shall write to the client within five  working days of the meeting to confirm the discussion and the solution agreed upon. 

If the client does not want to or is unable to attend such a meeting (or the meeting is not necessary),  we will be happy to send the client a detailed, written response, including the proposed solution,  within fourteen working days of sending the letter acknowledging receipt of the complaint. 

Step Four:
Other avenues

Clients must always try complaining to us first. In most cases they will not be able to take their complaint further without allowing us the opportunity to put things right. 

Legal Ombudsman 

We are permitted a minimum of eight weeks to consider the complaint. If for any reason we are unable to resolve the problem between us within that timeframe, then our clients are advised that they may ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider the complaint. 

Clients are free to refer any complaint about our work, fees or level of service but there are some conditions and time limits. Please be aware that any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must usually  be made within six months of the client having received a final written response from us about their  complaint. Complaints to the Legal Ombudsman must usually be made within six years of the act or  omission about which the client is complaining occurring; or within three years from when the client  should have known about or become aware that there were grounds for complaint. The Legal  Ombudsman will not accept complaints where the act or date of awareness was before 6 October  2010. 

For further information, please contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or visit The Legal Ombudsman may be contacted at PO Box 6806,  Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ.  

Solicitors Regulation Authority 

If someone thinks a solicitor might be dishonest or you have concerns about their ethics or integrity,  they have the right to notify our regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). There are no time limits for making a report but there are limits on what the SRA will consider. Please note that the  SRA is not able to deal with issues of poor service (complaints of this nature should instead be referred to the Legal Ombudsman). For further information about the SRA’s role, please contact the SRA or  visit: 

Further Information 

For further information about our complaints handling procedures, please do not hesitate to contact  Karen Houghton, Director on either M: 07970 094436 E: or by post to 36a Common Lane, Culcheth, Warrington WA3 4HA.