When can you tell us about your complaint?
If you have experienced a problem with your legal service provider – for example, if you received poor service when you bought or sold a house or made a personal injury claim – then we’d like to hear from you as soon as possible.
We can only help to resolve a problem once certain conditions, outlined below, have been met.
How do we resolve complaints?
We aim to ensure that every complaint we receive is dealt with in a fair and consistent way.
The three steps, below, explain what happens once you have told us about your complaint.
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Let's get started
Once you have made a complaint to your service provider, they have up to eight weeks to respond. If you aren’t happy with their final response, or they haven’t responded within eight weeks, you can then ask us to look at it.
Before you tell us about your complaint, please answer the questions below to check if we can help.
Before we can help with your complaint, you will need to:
already have complained to the provider, use this handy template to complain to your provider; know the date that the problem happened and the dates that you made the complaint; have the complaint letter and service provider’s final response available to send us; provide us with your email address and other contact information.
The guidelines that decide whether we can help are set out above and in our FAQs. If we cannot help, there are other organisations that might be able to help you.
Important things to know about how we handle your information
- All calls to the Legal Ombudsman may be recorded and used for training and monitoring purposes.
- All paper documents sent to us by post are shredded. Please only send copies and keep the originals for yourself.
- We may share your information with third parties such as approved regulators and for research purposes.
- The Legal Ombudsman will share information provided by you with others who are directly involved in the investigation of your complaint. for instance, the lawyer or law firm involved, and regulators such as the Solicitors Regulation Authority or Bar Standards Board. information is provided on a confidential basis.
- Information provided to you by the Legal Ombudsman, during the investigation of your complaint, should be treated as confidential and not passed on to anyone else.
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