CORONAVIRUS UPDATE APRIL 2021

A message to our clients:

With the recent move to allow shops and offices to fully re-open, we will continue to review our policy on clients attending our offices. Currently, we are not inviting clients into the office but we are able to briefly meet with clients by appointment at the door of the office. Please note that face coverings are still required indoors until further notice. We remain committed to following the Government guidelines as rules continue to change in line with the easing of lockdown.

We continue to operate our business as usual across all the services that we offer our clients, both current and prospective.

We continue to offer teleconference-based or telephone consultations.. We are aware that not everyone has been offered full vaccination yet and understand that some people may feel safer continuing with socially distanced communications.

Our family and wills / probate solicitors continue to offer initial advice remotely by video conferencing and by telephone for up to one hour (as advertised on this website). Please call us if you would like to speak to one of our experts.

If you have a case in court, please telephone us so we can discuss representation.

We appreciate your patience, support and understanding over the past year since the restrictions related to the pandemic began. We hope you continue to stay safe, and wish you a brighter 2021!

Talk to a solicitor today 0117 973 1391

Battrick Clark’s complaints handling procedure is as follows:

Our complaints policy

We are 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 complaint about our service or a bill that we have rendered on or both, please contact us with the details.

The person to contact is Helen Battrick, and she can be reached at Battrick Clark Solicitors, 151 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2RA Tel: 0117 973 1391.

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.
  2. We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to Helen Battrick who will review your file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you. In the event that the complaint is about Helen Battrick the matter will be passed to another director to investigate.
  3. Helen Battrick will then send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including her suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
  4. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for another director or someone unconnected with the matter at the practice to review the decision.
  5. 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.
  6. If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.
  7. If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman at:

PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ
Tel: 0300 555 0333 or 0121 245 3050
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

There are time limits within which complaints must be made to the Legal Ombudsman (LeO) as indicated below.

Any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must usually be made within 6 months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint.  Your complaint should also be brought to the LeO within six years from when the problem first occurred (or within three years from when you first became aware of the problem, if it happened more than six years ago) and the problem you are complaining about must have taken place after 5th October 2010 (or, if it happened on or before 5th October 2010, you must not have been aware of it until 5th October 2010).

You may have a right to object to a bill by applying to the Court for an assessment of the bill under Part 111 of the Solicitors Act 1974.

Please note that the Legal Ombudsman may not deal with a complaint about a bill if you have applied to the court for assessment of that bill.

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman their contact details are as follows:

Visit:  http://www.legalombudsman.org.uk/enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Legal Ombudsman, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

Tel: 0300 555 0333

From overseas, +44 121 245 3050           Minicom call 0300 555 1777

Do not send original documents to the Legal Ombudsman. They will scan any documents you send to make computer copies and then destroy the originals.

Battrick Clark is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and we are duty bound to comply with the SRA Standards and Regulations which include a set of Principles and various codes of conduct. If the complaint is about Battrick Clark or the relevant fee earners conduct and you consider we have acted in breach of our regulatory obligations as set out by the SRA and if you are not happy with the outcome of your complaint, you can refer the matter to the SRA to review.

Alternative complaints bodies (such as Ombudsman Services: https://ombudsman-services.org  and Small Claims Mediation : www.small-claims-mediation.co.uk ) exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both Battrick Clark and you wish to use such a scheme.

We have however, chosen not to adopt an alternative dispute resolution process.  If, therefore, you wish to complain further you should contact the Legal Ombudsman or the SRA (as appropriate).

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