Eaton Smith LLP is committed to providing a high-quality legal service to all its clients. When something goes wrong we need you to tell us. This will help us to improve our standards.
If you have a complaint about our service or a bill that we have rendered, please contact our Complaints Handling Partner, Phil Clarke, who will liaise with the Partner in charge of the department involved in your complaint and/or the fee earner with conduct of the matter to which your complaint is related. If the complaint is about Phil Clarke or Phil Clarke is unavailable, please speak to a member of the Management Board who will appoint a separate Partner to deal with your complaint.
Phil Clarke and members of the Management Board can be contacted via our switchboard which is 01484 821 300 or by post to Eaton Smith LLP, 14 High Street, HD1 2HA. Phil Clarke’s email address is email@example.com.
1. We will send you a letter acknowledging your complaint together with a copy of our Complaints Policy as soon as possible and usually within 3 working days of receiving the complaint.
2. We will record your complaint in a central register and open a file for it. We will do this as soon as possible and usually within 3 working days of receiving your complaint.
3. We will then investigate your complaint. This may involve the following steps:
4. Normally within 14 working days of acknowledging your complaint we will either:
5. Where we have held a meeting with you, we will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions that have been agreed as soon as possible and usually within 3 working days of meeting.
6. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied you can write to us again. We will then, if appropriate, arrange to review our decision by a Partner unconnected with the matter or the earlier stages of the complaint.
7. We will usually inform you of the result of the review within a further 14 working days. At this time we will write to you confirming our final position on your complaint and explain our reasons.
8. If we have to vary any of the above timescales, we will let you know and explain why.
9. If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint or your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction within eight weeks of you making the complaint to us or you have not received a response from us within that time frame, you can ask the Legal Ombudsman to review the matter. Their address is PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ; email firstname.lastname@example.org; tel 0300 555 0333 or 0121 245 3050.
10. There are time limits within which complaints must be made to the Legal Ombudsman. Generally speaking your complaint should be made to the Ombudsman 6 years from the act/ omission or 3 years from when the complainant should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint. In addition, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint.
11. Please note that the Legal Ombudsman may not consider a complaint about a bill if you have applied to the Court for assessment of the bill.
12. If a complaint has been brought and our complaints procedure has been exhausted and we cannot settle the complaint alternative dispute resolution (ADR) approved bodies such as the ADR Group (www.consumer-dispute) would be competent to deal with the complaint. However, we do not agree to use the scheme operated by the ADR Group.
Please note that the Legal Ombudsman can only investigate complaints made by:-
This policy was reviewed and amended by Phil Clarke on 15th April 2020.