Finding Legal Help When Things Go Wrong

Hopefully you'll have seen the dozens of articles on our site telling you to be wary of the Legal Assistance addons many insurers stick on your policy as already having opted into rather than asking you if you want to opt in like the pretty much do for everything else such as breakdown cover or a courtesy car. It may sound like a good idea at the time when you see costs of a couple dozen pounds in order to secure the services of a solicitor if you need one. Considering solicitors cost hundreds of pounds per hour this sounds like a great deal. However remember that insurers are already making much of a loss on car insurance policies and are not really going to give away more stuff if they can help it. For most car insurance related matters, solicitors work for free. In other words, all that no win no fee and 100% compensation stuff you see on the adverts. In other words, you're paying the insurer for a service that is free and the majority of people don't bother to use their insurance appointed solicitor when something goes wrong anyway because it feels like a conflict of interests:

Trust Inheritance Ltd Wills, Probate & Estate Planning in Weston-Super-Mare: class="infoquote "excellent professional, prompt and accurate service every time" "Does what it says on the tin" "I have found to be excellent value for money."< div> On the whole they are positive too . Related domains such as www.trustinheritanceltd.c...


Thorpe Wilson Ltd Solicitors in Rochdale: Obviously with the dozens of firms we review on this site, it's impossible for us to come up with dozens of legal matters to test them with as a consumer. On the Law Society website and the firm's own footer notes you'll see that the firm can go by Thorpe Wilson Ltd or Thorp...


The Injury Solicitor Ltd - Road Accident Claims in Salford, Manchester: But several things stood out to us which we thought we would share. (Generally known as 'resellers'.) Those firms that cold-call you asking about an accident you've never had also have websites trying to get the same information from you. So is the claim false? There ...


Taborns Legal Business - Will Taborn Ltd in London: Just watch out for adverts Google slips in at the top as they allow advertisers to stuff matching keywords in sometimes. We have several firms on the network that are brand new startups, consultants, or sole practitioners. They will also generally have different appeal. Fo...


Stenfield Ltd Solicitors in Norwich & Harrow on the Hill, London: It's very important these days to keep fully aware of what site you are on and the legitimacy of the emails you receive. It's not uncommon for a firm claiming 'founded in the 1800s!' to consist mostly of solicitors with only a couple of years' experience. In this i...


Simons Rodkin Solicitors LLP in London, Finchley & Hatfield: Naturally, the ones listed there are all incredibly positive and lengthy in their praise. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 594908 simons-rodkin-solicitors-llp?Solicitors=True" check out the page for this firm< a> for example, you'll be...


Serious Law LLP - Serious Injury Law Solicitors in Bolton: class="infoquote "These include your financial needs, mobility and rehabilitation considerations, specialist medical care, case management and emotional support."< div> In our experience, a huge number of personal injury firms out there do not have the expertise ...


The Search Bureau from Premier Searches Ltd - UK Conveyancing Search Provider: Whilst the majority of articles we write are aimed at informing general consumers about legal practices or available resources to help them in their decisions - we do sometimes cover more general topics and firms that help law firms themselves. If you've read some of ...


SBW Law Ltd Personal Injury Lawyers in St Helens: That still counts as "no win, no fee" as they will not charge you anything if the case loses. Typically it's https: www.theguardian.com money 2017 jan 14 lost-67000-conveyancing-scam-friday-afternoon-fraud-legal-sector-email-hacker" law firms who handle property matters< ...


Robin Somerville Direct Access Barrister & Mediator in Barnet, Greater London: In fact, across every site we checked we did not find a single negative comment about Robin's work . The old 'Jack of all trades ...' maxim. For example, an accountant to help with tax matters. Originally you would have to hire a solicitor and spend time and money informing...


Richmond Legal Ltd Solicitors in Middleton, Manchester: So a public display (it's actually capitalised on the Richmond Legal website but we shrunk it to avoid distraction) of a number clearly meant as a potential 24 7 means of contact is rarer than you might think. It's pretty bleak though and only getting worse. The most common ...


Reid Black Solicitors Ltd in Belfast, Antrim & Ballyclare: Many firms will either charge a reduced price for an initial interview or give you a very reduced free section of time such as 15-30 mins before starting to charge. It should be mentioned that Reid Black have moved away from the usual Testimonials page on their own sit...


Redwood Collections Ltd - Debt Recovery Services based in Croydon: I say oddly because quite often it is the debtors that leave reviews on a debt collection firm and they are obviously bias in the opposite directly. Redwood managed to get my money back. Unfortunately there are companies out there that will charge you a fee for doing the thr...


RD Costings Ltd - Criminal Injury Claims based in Portishead: This is not true for all firms or all types of cases though. Commercial Law is another area where a niche firm is often sought rather than general practice. With the branding containing a plural there's always a tendancy for people to drop the 's' by mistake. Quite o...


Penn Chambers Ltd - Solicitors in London: You can usually find other information such as the practice's case range, staff, other offices, alternative contact details and so on. You could end up with a 40-year experienced solicitor at a 1-year-old law firm, or a 1-year-experienced solicitor from a 40-year-old law fir...


Penerley Commercial Lawyers in Islington, London: We really don't advise relying on any individual ratings about a company without accompanying explained reasons. class="infoquote "Our lawyers are experienced in advising and representing clients in varied areas of law, from small matters to complex legal issues."< di...


Pacific Law Estate Planning Solicitors in Manchester: Versus the other side proclaiming their distate for all things stuffy and blasting a thesaurus-worth of synonyms of the word 'modern' across their sales pages. We've seen one law firm get a stunning review that ended with the phrase 'best dog-friendly restaurant ever'. ...


OTS Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London, UK: The qualification dates are of special interest to most people when we point this out. It is a good hallmark of establishment and an indication of adherence to good standards. We've often discussed the pros and cons of using a general high street style law practice t...


OJ Solicitors Ltd English & Romanian Solicitors in Glasgow: OJ Solicitors is a good example of this because whilst the official Ltd company was only established in 2020, the solicitors within it have been practicing law for over a decade. There are dozens including Yelp, Google, Facebook, Yell.com, Trustpilot, etc. We're ama...


NV Legal Ltd Personal Injury Solicitors in Watford: These do not mean the same thing. So yes, NV Legal's claim of 20+ years' experience is certainly an honest one with each individual solicitor having that level themselves. Considering the wide range of case types within the title of 'Personal Injury', it can be hard to th...


MTA Personal Injury Solicitors LLP in Bromley, Kent - Greater London: You may see the names MTA Solicitors LLP and MTA Personal injury Solicitors LLP when looking up this firm. kept me informed regularly of all aspects of my claim and always had time to discuss any queries."< div> However according to our poll a couple of years ago, less ...


MGBe Legal Immigration Lawyers in London: Certainly you can usually find some comments from previous clients across the popular forums such as Google, Trustpilot, Yell.com, Yelp, etc. This is reflected on the firm's website where the blog section contains actual help articles. Someone who constantly updates themselv...


McEwan Fraser Legal Property Conveyancing in Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Inverness: They also have an online valuation tool. Whilst MFL are mentioned in the https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation offices 6448 mcewan-fraser-legal" England & Wales database< a>, they are not actually based down there so full information is sadly not provided. ...


Mason Bullock CCJ & Employment Solicitors in Coventry: Scammers are getting millions from people every year by pretending to be the person's solicitor. But www.mason&bullock.co.uk can't exist because you're not allowed ampersands in web addresses. There are far better paying areas of law which is probably why so few firms get ...


Alexander JLO Solicitors - AJLO in London: The guide is not like a Top 100 or any form of accreditation though. Great job." "From start to finish the process took less than 5 weeks. They cover a wide range of cases and have 50+ staff. Accredited legal professionals undergo a rigorous process including demonstr...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd: Chances are most review sites will do the same and just change some titles around. We might even have to disagree with them on the strength of that assessment as we have seen some very positive moves by even the stuffiest of established firms in recent years. So you may not ...


Lindsays Solicitors Offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dundee: Most law firms are signed up to a national, county, or town law society organisation. However we thought it could be very helpful to take you through a few of the reasons we chose to work with them. A quick note on navigation. However www.lindsays.com and other common ...


Levins Solicitors in Huyton, Liverpool: Levins Solicitors are also quoted many times in related news articles, cementing them as a very established firm and one whose advice seems reasonable or helpful to at least the journalist writing their piece. For example, https: www.lbc.co.uk news manchester-stude...


Leech & Co Solicitors Ltd in Manchester: I genuinely spoke to a solicitor a few years back who called the internet a 'fad' which probably wouldn't last much longer. Because of the UK tld this can result in www.leechandco.uk type errors (which we see in our own internal search box) not to mention the www.leach.co.uk...


Lawcomm Solicitors Services in Fareham, Whiteley & London: It's not as though there are some 200-year experienced solicitors sitting behind any of the desks. It's simply that such a large amount of what we found related to their property side. However we don't need to do that for Lawcomm Solicitors because despite being a pro...


Kudos Legal Ltd Solicitors in Glasgow and Preston: class="infoquote "You can rest assured that your case will be in good hands and will be handled by highly experienced experts."< div> Another very common marketing tactic amongst solicitors is to boast about ancient founding dates. There are also variants such as ...


Khan Law - Raees Khan Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: That's because we've seen law firms with five star reviews for their dog-friendly restaurant and others being criticised for simply being a law firm. The majority have the same sort of sales language, the same images of people shaking hands happily, and the same boasts. The ...

DV Solicitors (Deo Volente Legal LLP) Law Firm in Bedford & Luton: As also mentioned above, the firm's branding may only have seven years behind it but the solicitors within the firm have much more than that. It's a useful tip to pay a visit to any firm's local law society whether national, county, or city level. We've also seen negati...


Joanna Connolly Solicitors in Liverpool, Merseyside: Joanna Connolly Solicitors is a sole practitioner law firm striving to provide a high level of service for consumer credit, contentious probate, and insolvency matters. Previously Head of Consumer Credit Litigation at MSB Solicitors, Joanna has had extensive litigation exper...


Jarmans Solicitors Ltd in Sittingbourne, Kent & Chancery Lane, London: When a new solicitor joins a law firm, there isn't some strange spiritualist ceremony where all the experience and expertise of the last solicitor is transferred to them. The actual, current staff of the firm are the most crucial thing in our opinion. For Jarmans Solici...


IWC Estate Planning & Management Ltd | Probate & Will Services in Braintree: etc. The phone number above is clickable for that very reason. That's a big deal. Titles such as "Writing the Ideal Will", "Can you Refuse to be an Executor", or "What Happens if you Don't Apply for Probate". to try and balance the negative reviews people were posting about ...


Integral Law Ltd - Solicitors Firm in Hendon, London: If you've checked up on the Companies House website to make sure this is genuine firm to begin with - you'll have seen Integral Law Ltd as apparently only having a start date in 2018. A 1-year established law office may have a 40-year-qualified solicitor to help you with...


Ian Mallon Solicitors Ltd in Newry and Dublin: Maybe you'll have more luck. You can https: www.lawsoc-ni.org ian-mallon-solicitors-ltd510" view their page on the NI organisation's website here< a> but we've found that the English Welsh organisation's website usually provides far more useful information for consumers. ...


R James Hutcheon Solicitors - Law Firm in Liverpool: They don't. They also advertise the handling of much trickier case types such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) claims. If you do see an actual compensation calculator on a firm's site though, don't bother with it. If the firm's website doesn't at least mention your c...


Howe + Co Solicitors in Brentford, London: class="infoquote "Howe + Co Solicitors are a leading London law firm specialising in complex litigation both in the UK and internationally"< div> Unfortunately the word 'leading' can be used to mean a variety of things such as the best firm, or simply a firm that ...


Helix Law Ltd - Solicitors in Brighton & Eastbourne: www.helix-law.com certainly redirects to the UK version, but www.helixlaw.com is owned by someone else. A quality, carefully presented FAQs section for example is sadly a rarity. Both with firms trying to boost their own image, and with competitors trying to sabotage others....


Hawkridge & Company - Hawk Law Solicitors in Gillingham, Medway: Very often a bunch of the negative reviews will be from the client of the other party. That's because whilst people are quite happy to jump online and rave about their new toaster, they aren't so quick to discuss their divorce, bankruptcy, debts, or criminal defence case. ...


HH Law Ltd - Hampson Hughes Solicitors in Liverpool: So for security's sake it's probably a good idea to bookmark the correct site once you're on it . The last firm we wrote an article on had a huge list of five star reviews all written within the past month by reviewers who had only ever written that one review. class=...


GloverPriest Solicitors Ltd in Birmingham (Great Barr), Stourbridge, Wellingborough & Tamworth: So seeing direct contact details for solicitors on the Glover Priest's site and text about solicitors dealing with matters from start to finish - is encouraging . On the subject of reviews, you may find it a bit more difficult than usual to flick through third party re...


Frank Rogers Law Ltd - Motoring Offence Solicitor in Birkenhead: Failing to give driver identity information, speeding, totting up (when you've accumulated the maximum number of points), drink driving, driving with no insurance, using a mobile phone whilst driving and so on all have a range of options and mitigations. So when you type "fr...


Fieldfisher LLP Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester & London: class="infoquote "We are one of the UK's leading personal injury, medical negligence and asbestos compensation claims solicitors."< div> This statement amongst others we'll point out below is why we decided Fieldfisher were genuinely different from other large fir...


Education Law Service Ltd - Special Educational Needs Lawyer in London: For example Wills and many Tax matters can be handled by companies without any legal qualifications. But why do we even need such lawyers? Surely there are organisations, laws, and procedures already in place to look after children in a country like ours? class="infoqu...

Pump Court Chambers Direct Access Barristers in London, Swindon & Winchester: But there are far more comments that we notice, probably more so than most consumers. People are being tricked into https: www.thisismoney.co.uk money beatthescammers article-3897256 Beware-fraudsters-targeting-house-sale-proceeds.html" handing over their house deposits i...


Hammond Trotter Solicitors Ltd | Motor Offence Lawyers in Manchester & London: The ones above are taken from the independent review sites. You can search this firm's name on a news search and there's no fantastical articles about them getting the rich and famous off the hook for something they likely deserved to be punished for. They also have offices ...


Driscoll Kingston Solicitors in Liverpool: Before we get into any more pointers though, what do Driscoll Kingston say about themselves? class="infoquote "Driscoll Kingston Solicitors' mission was to create a fresh, modern and dynamic law firm with a focus on client care and access to justice for all."< div> ...


DFA Law LLP Solicitors in Northampton: You can always hang up and call them back on the phone number you know is definitely for the firm. DFA Law on the other hand has both a long establishment date and well-experienced staff on board: class="infoquote "We have specialist legal departments who each tackle...


CFG Law Personal Injury Solicitors in Cheadle, Greater Manchester: class="infoquote "CFG Law is a law firm unlike any other. He has extensive experience, built up over the past 20 years, of helping catastrophically injured clients and their families."< div> There are three lawyers in my family, and if you lined us all up - I'm...


Catteralls Solicitors in Wakefield: We're not a fan of is this idea of ancient establishment dates because it can so easily be misleading. There are so many typical high-street-looking types of law firms around these days it can be hard to find differences between them in order to make a more informed decision...


Briffa Legal Ltd Intellectual Property (IP) Solicitors in London: Roughly it's about half and half right now. It's really not. Finally managing to convince Briffa Legal Ltd to partner with us was actually quite the coup. But the firm's enthusiasm unashamedly spills out of their website anyway. Everything from Prince's posthumous musi...


Bilkus and Boyle Solicitors & Estate Agents in Glasgow: class="infoquote "Providing quality legal services since 1980"< div> Considering so many firms are quoting histories as far back as the 1800s, this number may look almost new in comparison. A two hundred year old brand name doesn't have a two hundred year old sol...


AWH Legal Ltd - AWH Solicitors in Manchester & Blackburn: If you check the https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 594279 awh-legal-ltd?Solicitors=True" entries for AWH< a> you'll see a huge list of qualified staff. When researching this firm yourself around the web, you may see names such as Carter Law, Roe...


Avery & Walters Ltd - Solicitors in Leeds & Harrogate: Avery Walters Solicitors states having two offices and the one in Leeds certainly bears that name. If you read through some of the negative reviews though, one accuses them of 'racism' because they asked her to provide a passport to process an immigration claim. In ou...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services in Whitley Bay, Newcastle: Their website is https secure though for entering your person details in the contact form. class="infoquote "We can take your initial instructions, provide relevant training to you and your staff, draft and submit applications to all relevant authorities, draft relev...


Asghar & Co Ltd Solicitors in Southall & Slough: The number of larger firms we know that still choose to work under the scheme are few and far between. A quick note on navigation as some people are more likely to make typing mistakes when a firm sticks an "&" in the name. The official site we link to above is www.asgh...


APS Legal & Associates Ltd - Will Advisors and Assured Probate Services: This is both more helpful in pinpointing where the praise is due , but also unhelpful in pointing out the review isn't of the company as a whole. class="infoquote "Great personal service, flexible to suit personal circumstances which was priceless for working parents ...


Apprise Legal Services - Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning in Sutton Coldfield: When we tried typical variants such as www.appriselegal.co.uk or www.appriselegalservices.com, again nothing showed up. The official site we link to above is www.apprisels.co.uk with www.apprisels.com not currently showing anything. You'll also find that most spec...


Allsop Durn Solicitors in Ruislip: We are pleased that most of our work comes from repeat clients which hopefully means we are doing something right."< div> These days people are very suspicious of testimonials on any company website. One last hopefully self-explanatory snippet from AD's website: c...


Aina Khan Law Ltd - Family Law Solicitors in Broxbourne, London: This firm obviously focuses solely on Family Law matters . 25+ years’ expertise. For all we know their award could have been for a good website design or a medal for taking part in a local charity fun-run. If a firm does not clarify their expertise and experience on t...


Aconveyancing Ltd in Tamworth & Shirley (Solihull): The official site we link to above is www.aconveyancing.com with www.aconveyancing.co.uk redirecting you there no problem. They cover a good range of matters including Right to Buy, New Builds, Shared Ownership, Help to Buy and Part Exchanges. Things moving slower tha...


ABS Lawyers Ltd Solicitors in Corby & Maghull, Liverpool: Two examples are Jenna Hargreaves and Dilip Raveendran, lawyers at the firm who qualified in 2010. Some go as far as big bold letters with boastful 'the client is king' banners (slightly sexist in our opinion though). We have over twenty years' experience flicking through la...


5 Essex Court Chambers & Partners - Barristers in London: You won't find any of the typical staff profiles here which is a welcome relief . There is a also a full list of the barristers available along with their experience and expertise. But probably more so because Direct Access is unfortunately not as widely known as it should ...


33 Legal Ltd | Claim Services in Preston & Manchester: That doesn't just mean length of time though, but actual specialisation in certain case types. We are devoted to our clients and in ensuring that they achieve the compensation they are rightly due."< div> Okay, so are they any good at these cases? Through both profess...


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