Complaints handling policy and procedure
Complaints Handling Policy and Procedure
1. Our Complaints Policy
SAS Daniels LLP is fully committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all of our clients. However, if you are concerned with the service you have received or something goes wrong please do tell us about it. This will help us to address your concerns and to improve our standards.
2. Our Complaints Procedure
If you are not happy you may want to complain and we will try to resolve your complaint quickly, fairly, confidentially and impartially.
- In the first instance, please consider contacting the solicitor with whom you have been dealing to see whether your concerns can be resolved quickly and informally.
- If this is not possible or you feel the matter is serious and/or not suited to informal resolution, please put your complaint in writing and address it to Michael Parnell who is the Risk and Compliance Officer at SAS Daniels. His postal address for correspondence is 30 Greek Street Stockport SK3 8AD. His email address is email@example.com. He will then speak to the Group Head who has overall responsibility for the type of work you asked us to help you with. The first response to your complaint will be sent to you by the Group Head after consultation and discussion with Mr Parnell. If your complaint is about the Group Head then your complaint should still be addressed to Mr Parnell who will then discuss it with our Client Care Partner, Jeremy Orrell, who has overall responsibility for the operation of this policy.
- Please help us by ensuring that you set out your complaint as fully as possible so that we know how to direct our investigation. This will speed up the process and help us to provide a response as quickly as possible. Please also let us know what kind of remedy you are seeking from us. Depending upon the circumstances, these might include any of the following:
- An apology
- Fixing the problem
- Improving our service
- Offering to meet and explain the service being provided
- Offering compensation
- Offering to carry out work free of charge
Note: If we entered into a contract for the provision of services with you online you may be entitled to use the EU Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform at: http://ec.europa.eu/odr to assist in resolving matters. The Platform will direct you to various Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) specialists who are competent to deal with complaints about legal service [e.g. www.small-claims-mediation.co.uk] however we should point out that this firm does not ordinarily use such schemes and relies upon the services of the Legal Ombudsman to resolve such matters.
3. What will happen next?
- We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within 3 working days of receiving it. We will enclose a copy of this procedure if you have not already received a copy.
- Within 7 days of receiving your complaint we will write to you to confirm who will be dealing with your complaint, we will set out our understanding of it and detail any further information we may need from you in order to fully investigate your complaint. We will ask you to provide this information within a specified time frame.
- We will record your complaint in our central register and open a specific file for it.
- Once we have received all of the information requested from you, we will write to you within 5 working days to acknowledge your reply and to confirm that we are commencing our investigation. Normally this would involve us obtaining a report from the solicitor who has been acting for you; considering that report; reviewing the file and pursuing any further investigations which may be relevant. We would normally expect that the investigation process would take up to 15 working days. If it seems appropriate we will suggest a meeting at this stage in order to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint.
- If we do not invite you to a meeting we will send you a detailed reply to your complaint. This will include our suggestions for resolving the matter. This will happen within 5 working days of us completing our investigations.
- If you are dissatisfied with our decision, you can ask us to review it. Any request for a review should be made in writing and should set out clearly why you believe the initial decision was wrong. Any request for a review should be made within 10 working days of the date upon which we write to you with our decision.
- Any review will be dealt with by Jeremy Orrell as Client Care Partner unless he made the original decision. In such a case the review will be undertaken by another senior member of the firm who has had no previous dealings with the matter. A review would normally be completed within 10-15 working days of receiving your request and we will then write to you with our final decision within 5 working days of completing the review.
- If you are still dissatisfied, you may be entitled to complain to the Legal Ombudsman about our service. This service is not available to all clients however such as large businesses. The Ombudsman would generally expect clients to follow a firm’s internal complaints procedure first. You can find further information about the Ombudsman on the website www.legalombudsman.org.uk. You can write to the Ombudsman at Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0300 555 0333. If you wish to raise a complaint with the Ombudsman then you should not delay bringing it to their attention once our own complaints process has concluded as there are some time limits on when this must be done. For example, normally you must raise a complaint with the Ombudsman within six months of the firm’s own final decision on how to resolve your complaint. In addition, the Legal Ombudsman expects complaints to be made to them within:
Until 1st April 2023, under the current rules, complaints must normally be made:
- no later than six years from the act/omission; or
- three years from when the complainant should have reasonably known there was cause for complaint.
After 1st April 2023, complaints must normally be made:
- one year from the date of the act or omission being complained about; or
- one year from the date when the complainant should have realised that there was cause for complaint
- In some situations (usually due to the absence from the office of the persons referred to in this procedure) we may have to change some of the time scales set out above and if this is necessary we will ensure that you are informed in writing and told why
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