how the Americans have a laugh about the English Lawyers charging
What Direction "The Lawyer" Now? During the month of September 2003 the website of The Lawyer "www.thelawyer.com" and the Lawzone which was "www,lawzone.com" have 'BOLTED' their doors and are now, as it would appear, a 'Secret Society' probable because they don't like us 'Peasants' reading and repeating their 'secrets'. The Lawzone is now fully integrated as the 6th service of The Lawyer.com. This has all happened since I sent an e-mail to Helen Power (June 2003 which she ignored) the City Editor of The Lawyer. Coincidence? "www.thelawyer.com"
I was advised by the OSS to make a complaint against Thos Boyd Whyte Solicitors but it still took the OSS over 18 months for them to respond and over 2 years before my case was allotted to a Caseworker, during that time instead of 'enforcing' the solicitors to 'comply' with the Client Care Agreement they conspired with the solicitors to bring about my sacking. It would finally take over 3 years after the OSS had 'shuffled' the cards so that the solicitors had not only all the Ace's but also the Kings and Queens as well before reaching a conclusion. They say they have "standards and targets" there are no prizes for guessing what they are. Chuckling Charlie Falconer, the Lord Chancellor described a culture in firms of "not trying to satisfy a complainant..." also of regarding a complainant as "someone who doesn't quite understand the process, and therefore must be wrong".
The guardian 'The Law Society' "drinking in the Last Chance Saloon". Will it mean a better standard from solicitors or a bigger 'cover-up' to hide how bad some (approx 1 in 5) solicitors are?
Be Warned wherever you are in the world be very wary of using the English Law Fraternity, if you do use any of them and things go 'pear shaped' you could find your troubles are just beginning. Don't just take my word for it, look at other web sites.
'The threat of a review of charges made me reluctant to go any further', said one. 'They tried to bully me with legal action for daring to complain', complained another. 'When I complained at first I was pushed aside and threatened with withdrawal of their services,' said a third.
In many cases solicitors seemed to be paying little regard to their own professional rules of conduct
A strong feeling that the solicitors 'closed ranks'
person who dealt with complaints was sometimes the solicitor they
were complaining about and some people felt this meant they weren't
getting an impartial response
got no response at all or that the complaint was rebuffed
was the solicitor's word against theirs
web site that might explain a lot of complainants problems: -