Complaints

Should you wish to make a complaint, please follow the stages below:

Stage 1
Please inform the person handling your case of your concerns, first.

Stage 2
If matters are not resolved to your satisfaction then please contact the supervisor who will do what he or she can to put matters right. The supervisor will then contact you, acknowledging the complaint, confirming any matters discussed and agreed upon, and advising you of the action taken and any action proposed.

Stage 3
If your complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, then you should notify our Complaints Handler, Parveen Attri, who is a Solicitor of DBS Law through email to parveen.attri@dbsplus.co.uk or telephone 0121 374 2278. The company takes any form of complaint very seriously and as a result of our ongoing commitment to ensuring good client care and quality of service, we may choose to outsource stage 3 of our complaints procedure to an Independent Complaints Handler.

We believe that this is in the interest of our clients as it allows us to obtain an independent view on any stage 3 complaints and also constructive feedback on how our services can be improved. Your complaint will be acknowledged within 7 days and a thorough investigation undertaken, thereafter providing you with a detailed response to your complaint within 8 weeks of you first notifying us of your complaint.

You will not be charged for our time spent dealing with a complaint internally.

If you are not satisfied by the end of the internal complaints procedure, you do also have the right to refer any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman who can be contacted at:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ
Telephone: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Time limits

There are time limits as to when you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman.  These are as follows:

a) Six years from the date of act/omission; or

b) Three years from the date you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission was more than six years ago); and

c) Within six months of you receiving a final response from us.

These time limit rules should normally be satisfied for the Legal Ombudsman to accept the complaint. Please refer to the Legal Ombudsman’s scheme rules for further information:   http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/about-us/#scheme-rules

We have 8 weeks within which to respond to your complaint.

Complaints bodies

Alternative complaints bodies such a ProMediate (http://www.promediate.co.uk/professionals-complaints/consumer-guidance) exist, which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme. DBS Law does not agree to use ProMediate as we prefer the Legal Ombudsman’s clear adjudication process.

For the avoidance of any doubt, a complaint may include a complaint about our bill. Depending on the type of matter we are handling for you, you may also have the right to object to the bill by applying to the Court for an assessment of the bill under Part III of the Solicitors Act 1974. Please note that if all or part of a bill remains unpaid we are entitled to claim interest upon that proportion that is unpaid.

Raising your complaint with the Legal Ombudsman

Once we complete our investigations, you still have the opportunity to raise your concerns with the Legal Ombudsman, if you are dissatisfied with the outcome.

This is part of our internal complaints procedure which you are required to utilise before referring any matters to the Legal Ombudsman. Please note that the Legal Ombudsman will also take into account how this firm has handled your complaints as part of their investigation.

Complaints about misconduct

If you have any concerns about any misconduct or breach of the SRA Code of Conduct by our firm such as taking or losing your money, dishonesty or discrimination, you can also report the matter to our regulatory body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Their details are:

The Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Cube
Wharfside Street
Birmingham
B1 1RN
0370 606 2555
www.sra.org.uk/problem

Complaint form