Our complaints policy
Harrop White Vallance & Dawson is committed to providing a high quality legal service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.
Our complaints procedure
If you have a concern or a complaint, please contact us as soon as you are aware of the problem so this can be addressed. Initially you should usually refer the complaint to the fee-earner concerned, by telephone, fax, e-mail or post – see our letterhead for contact details. Alternatively, or if you are not satisfied with the response you should refer your complaint to Mr C G Dawson, or if the complaint relates to him, Mr T J Lander.
What will happen next?
- We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within five days of our receiving the complaint, enclosing a copy of this procedure.
- We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to our client care partner Mr C G Dawson, who will review your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you. If the complaint relates to Mr C G Dawson, Mr T J Lander a partner, will undertake his role in these complaint procedures.
- Mr C G Dawson will then invite you to a meeting to discuss and, it is hoped, resolve your complaint. He will do this within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
- Within three days of the meeting, Mr C G Dawson will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions he has agreed with you.
- If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Mr C G Dawson will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including his suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
- At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again to explain why you remain unhappy with our response and we will review your comments. Depending on the matter we may at this stage arrange for another partner to review the decision.
- We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
- If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ or call 0300 555 0333 about your complaint. Any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must usually be made within six months of your receiving a final written response from us regarding your complaint. The Legal Ombudsman has provided further guidance on its service at www.legalombudsman.org.uk.
If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.
Solicitors Regulation Authority
If you are concerned about our behaviour, then the Solicitors Regulation Authority can help you. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, disability or other characteristic.
You can raise your concerns directly with the Solicitors Regulation Authority at www.sra.org.uk