Annual trends in complaints accepted and resolved by the Legal Ombudsman

Each year we publish information about complaints the Legal Ombudsman has accepted and resolved, what we decided about legal providers’ standard of service and complaints handling, and how we resolved complaints.  

Understanding the data

The latest complaints data covers the financial year 2022/23. It includes complaints that were resolved through early resolution, as well as by agreed outcome, ombudsman decision or if the complaint was closed.

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Legal Ombudsman's Complaints Information Report
View our previous annual complaints reports

Below you will find our overview of our previous annual complaints reports. Bringing our complaints data to life by offering insight into the main causes of complaints and how to avoid them, case studies are used throughout to show examples of decisions we have made. 

  • Overview of annual complaints data 2021/22:

This report focuses on 2021/22 data. The Covid pandemic undoubtedly affected the UK’s legal sector and the complaints we saw over this time were very much influenced by the restrictions in place at the time. While the intense pandemic period may be behind us, there are lessons legal providers can take for the future.

Not least of these is the need to keep communicating with customers and manage expectations well. While we hope never to see the like of Covid-19 again, future disruptive events are inevitable – and firms’ operations, including their processes and standards for service delivery and complaint handling, need to be resilient to unlikely, but high-impact circumstances. To read the full report, click here

  • Overview of annual complaints data 2020/21:

This report focuses on 2020/21 data. It highlights the areas where customer service needs to improve and where service providers can do more to resolve complaints themselves. It looks at each area of law and the specific issues within as well as case studies showing how we determine service and how we help consumers when things have gone wrong.  To read the full report, click here.

  • Overview of annual complaints data 2019/20:

This report focuses on 2019/20 data and the main areas of law we receive complaints about and the most common issues we see, including case studies and useful resources for the profession. The report also offers some insight into how to address these issues. You can view the report here.

If would like to check that you have interpreted the data correctly, or if you have any questions, please contact us.