We aim to provide a high standard of professional service but if at any time you feel that this is not being maintained, we want to know so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
By this complaints procedure, we aim to:
If appropriate and if you agree, please discuss your concerns with the lawyer with day to day conduct of your matter (or alternatively their named supervisor).
The team will investigate your concerns by seeking information from the documents on the file and from anyone else who may be involved and will contact you with a proposal for resolution.
Risk and compliance resolution
If the proposal is not acceptable to you, or if you would prefer not to discuss your concerns with the lawyer conducting your matter, you may request that the risk and compliance team takes over. The risk and compliance team will in any event be notified of the complaint in order that it may be recorded in our central register. The risk and compliance team works with the complaints partner who oversees the handling of complaints.
The risk and compliance team’s details are:
Risk and compliance, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP
Matrix House, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 4DZ
Alternatively, you may call our switchboard on 01256 407100 and ask to be put through to a member of the risk and compliance team in order to discuss a complaint.
A member of the risk and compliance team will contact you to acknowledge your complaint, letting you know the name of the person who will be dealing with your complaint, and may ask you to confirm or provide further details.
The risk and compliance team will record your complaint in our central register and will then investigate your complaint and send you a detailed reply. This will include our suggestions for resolving the matter.
If in the course of the investigation we think it would be helpful, we may invite you to discuss the matter with a member of the risk and compliance team or the complaints partner with a view to finding out more and seeking to resolve your complaint. Following that discussion we will write to you to confirm what was discussed and propose our suggested resolution to the complaint. If you do not want to discuss the matter with us or it is not possible, we will send you a detailed reply to your complaint as above.
The risk and compliance team aims to acknowledge your complaint and confirm who is dealing with it within two working days. Thereafter our aim is to ensure that we have properly addressed your concerns within as short a time as possible although the length of time taken will depend on the complexity of your matter and complaint. In any event we aim to provide our final response to your complaint within eight weeks of you making it.
If you are not satisfied with our handling of your complaint, you may contact the Legal Ombudsman, which is an independent and impartial scheme that deals with complaints about our work or our service.
The Legal Ombudsman’s details are:
PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
t: 0300 555 0333
You should contact the Ombudsman no later than:
Before accepting a complaint for investigation the Legal Ombudsman will usually check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first and that the complaint falls within their jurisdiction as set out in their scheme rules.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them or visit their website www.legalombudsman.org.uk
If your concern is about professional misconduct, such as dishonesty or discrimination, rather than the way in which we have provided a service, please do discuss this with us, by contacting the risk and compliance team using the above contact details. We take any such allegation seriously and would welcome the opportunity to discuss this with you. If we are unable to resolve your misconduct concerns, you are entitled to refer the matter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
Visit the SRA’s website at https://www.sra.org.uk/consumers/problems/report-solicitor.page for details of how to submit a report.
If you are a previous, current or prospective client, or a beneficiary of a trust or estate that we represent, you may submit a service complaint under this procedure. You may submit your complaint personally or via a representative if you would prefer.
Any person may raise an allegation of misconduct under this procedure.