Complaints Policy

We are committed to providing a high quality legal service to all of our clients. When something goes wrong you need to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards.

Our Complaints Procedure

This practice aims to offer a high quality legal service to all its clients and we are confident that we shall do so. With this in mind, we are always anxious to hear of any particular difficulty that a client may encounter either with the conduct of their matter or with our back-up services. If you are unhappy about any aspect of our service, please let the person who is dealing with your case know. If, however, that person cannot resolve the matter to your satisfaction please raise the matter with Paul Higgins, the principal of this firm, who will then investigate the problem as quickly as possible in accordance with our written complaints procedure, a copy of which is available on request. You may contact us in writing by writing to us at 10/12 Whetstone Lane, Charing Cross, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 2QR. You may contact us by telephone on 0151.653.5222. you may contact us by email. Our email address is enquiries@asbestosis.org.uk . You may contact us by vising us at our offices at 10/12 Whetstone Lane, Charing Cross, Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41 2QR.

What will happen next?

  1. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within 3 days of us receiving the complaint, enclosing a copy of this procedure, identifying the person who will be handling the complaint for the business. Wherever possible, that person will not have been directly involved in the matter which is the subject of the complaint, and will have authority to settle the complaint.
  2. Within 4 weeks of receiving a complaint, we will send you either:
    (a) A final response adequately addressing the complaint; or
    (b) A holding response, which explains why we are not yet in a position to resolve the complaint and indicate when we are likely to be in a position to contact you.
  3. Within 8 weeks of receiving a complaint we will send you either:
    (a) A final response adequately addressing the complaint; or
    (b) A response which:
    (i) Explains why we are still not in a position to make a final response, giving reasons for the further delay and indicating when we expect to be able to provide a final response; and
    (ii) Informs you that you may refer the handling of the complaint to the Legal Ombudsman (LEO) if you are dissatisfied with the delay
  4. Where we decide that redress is appropriate, we will provide you with fair compensation for any acts or omissions for which we are responsible and will comply with any offer of redress that you accept. Appropriate redress will not always involve financial redress, but could involve an apology or other suitable form of redress.
  5. If you are still not satisfied you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman Service, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, telephone 0300.555.0333 or you may complain by email, the address of which is enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk or you may complain via the website www.legalombudsman.org.uk/contact-us/. You should complain to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of the end of our complaints process. You should be aware that very strict time limits apply to a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman Service and they are as follows:
    • 6 years from the date of act or omission, or
    • 3 years from when you should have known about the complaint.

However, the Legal Ombudsman will not accept complaints where the act or omission or the date of awareness was before 6 October 2010.