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: However we hope the information and links provided above at least show why we were more than happy to add Trust Inheritance to our database of recommended firms. The most common reason is the expectation of more expertise, more experience, and therefore a knock on effect...


Thorpe Wilson Ltd Solicitors in Rochdale: 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 Thorpe Wilson Solicitors. For example, the phrase 'No Win, No Fee' only means that there are no costs if your case loses. But as there are always plenty of foru...


The Injury Solicitor Ltd - Road Accident Claims in Salford, Manchester: However, that's not the case with The Injury Solicitor's claim. But we also add firms that are large, small, niche, general practice, or just an alternative resource such as Direct Access barristers or Mediation Providers. The official site we link to above is www.theinjurys...


Taborns Legal Business - Will Taborn Ltd in London: Please note that W Taborn & Co is not the same company, they are some sort of luggage manufacturer in London. So what caught our eye about Taborns? class="infoquote "Whether you are a corporate, SME, Family Office, individual or professional service provider, we a...


Stenfield Ltd Solicitors in Norwich & Harrow on the Hill, London: This helps to distinguish between those law firms that claim ancient establishment dates of their brand, compared with those that have actual real experience behind their staff. Especially when the sales language, images, names and even logos can all start looking ide...


Simons Rodkin Solicitors LLP in London, Finchley & Hatfield: Not only that, when it turned out the staff member couldn't actually help with the problem - they gave some helpful advice and passed them on to someone that might be able to deal with the matter rather than just saying 'sorry, can't help you'. class="infoquote "Your ...


Serious Law LLP - Serious Injury Law Solicitors in Bolton: Whilst scammers tend to https: www.theguardian.com money 2017 jan 14 lost-67000-conveyancing-scam-friday-afternoon-fraud-legal-sector-email-hacker" target law firms that handle property matters< a>, you never know what's around the corner so doing everything you can to en...


The Search Bureau from Premier Searches Ltd - UK Conveyancing Search Provider: Most services like The Search Bureau are used by larger companies. It probably doesn't occur to employees of a firm to jump on the web to write a review about a service their company uses. We saw a few other related names including Premier Searches Limited and Conveyancing C...


SBW Law Ltd Personal Injury Lawyers in St Helens: etc. You could get a 1-year qualified solicitor from a 30-year established firm, and a 30-year qualified solicitor from a 1-year established firm. If so then you may have seen that whilst the SBW Law website states they were founded in 2006 , the dozens of business backgrou...


Robin Somerville Direct Access Barrister & Mediator in Barnet, Greater London: Links to pages on official sites such as companies house or the practice solicitor's local law society. Not just for the legal industry either. Most companies will more likely have some vague references to greatness, such as 'we are one of the leading award-winning law firm...


Richmond Legal Ltd Solicitors in Middleton, Manchester: Our first impression of Richmond Legal was a curiousity regarding their chosen case range. Law societies can be national, countywide, or attached to a large population city. Whilst it's something we see alot of with Criminal Law firms, it's less noticeable for Immigration. A...


Reid Black Solicitors Ltd in Belfast, Antrim & Ballyclare: So being registered with the local law society is completely understandable. We did see one negative comment about Reid Black apparently being more expensive than other firms the reviewer had tried. This is a great move because as our poll last year showed, most people do...


Redwood Collections Ltd - Debt Recovery Services based in Croydon: Naturally, many of them charge much more but if you can find one like Redwood Collections that offer pay-on-completion promises - then it's a no brainer . So if you do see negative reviews of any debt collection company - pay attention to whether they just happen to be the ...


RD Costings Ltd - Criminal Injury Claims based in Portishead: class="infoquote "RD Costings have the experience and knowledge to secure a payment in circumstances where an individual application would not necessarily be successful."< div>. RD Costings came to our attention because they specialise in an area of law we've never se...


Penn Chambers Ltd - Solicitors in London: You also need to be careful with claims such as '30 years of experience within the firm' or '25 years of combined experience' because that could simply mean several solicitors all with only a couple of years experience each. The software and systems are all easily ...


Penerley Commercial Lawyers in Islington, London: For some reason, thousands of people have easily fallen for this. There were all positive , but none of the reviews had left any useful comments. Only five years ago one lawyer said to us 'that internet? no we don't do that' when we asked about their online offerings. The...


Pacific Law Estate Planning Solicitors in Manchester: As we said, this is a new firm. Don't just rely on star ratings. will probably continue for some time. Pacific Law is very new addition to our database of law firms and they are a very new firm as well. class="infoquote "We listen ... But these days we would say that i...


OTS Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London, UK: The qualification dates are of special interest to most people when we point this out. There are quite a few ways to check the differences between firms though. There are many areas of law where people automatically seem to be drawn to specialist firms such as f...


OJ Solicitors Ltd English & Romanian Solicitors in Glasgow: Unfortunately, in our opinion The Law Society of Scotland website is nowhere near as good as it's English Welsh counterpart when it comes to helping people with their search for legal help. Another place people tell us they research firms with is companies house...


NV Legal Ltd Personal Injury Solicitors in Watford: Also, there aren't many scams targeting personal injury claimants at the moment. It absolutely is possible for a firm to be a specialist in this area in the same way a Family Law specialist will be expert in both Divorce and Child Support matters. A very basic example, but...


MTA Personal Injury Solicitors LLP in Bromley, Kent - Greater London: It happens to firms all the time where a cold-caller states they are from a certain company in order to seem genuine if the person wants to quickly look them up. We were actually the victim of a similar scam where a firm was trying to sell on people's details and preten...


MGBe Legal Immigration Lawyers in London: For some areas of law though, people really do want a specialist firm . But if you get someone not on the ball for your criminal defence or immigration - your whole life is affected. Not so with MGBe as https: mgbelegal.com blog " their blog section< a> articles se...


McEwan Fraser Legal Property Conveyancing in Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Inverness: 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. Both in text and with little badges further d...


Mason Bullock CCJ & Employment Solicitors in Coventry: This niche focus and lengthy experience clearly makes for a efficient and effective service if the public reviews are anything to go by: class="infoquote "professional, personable and has always been discreet and sensitive" "go out of their way to help people...


Alexander JLO Solicitors - AJLO in London: At the very least, never discuss bank details or deposits via email. class="infoquote "At Alexander JLO we have a client-for-life philosophy that is instilled in all our employees from the day they join .... If you head to third party review forums though, don't just ...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd: The site is https so should be secure for entering your personal information into their contact forms. However typically scammers https: www.todaysconveyancer.co.uk main-news two-fold-rise-scam-alerts-since-start-year " tend to target people dealing with property mat...


Lindsays Solicitors Offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dundee: The English Welsh law society's site provides a wide range of details on each firm such as alternate contact details, trading names, qualified solicitors at the firm, and even their qualification dates. New blood with a steady hand is an enviable mix for any firm you might...


Levins Solicitors in Huyton, Liverpool: The following is therefore some of the things we like about the company, some quotes from the firm and independent sources, some links to articles on third party sites, and some tips about researching a law firm generally when trying to choose which is the best for y...


Leech & Co Solicitors Ltd in Manchester: Wills services don't exactly need to be the 24 7 emergency hotlines of Criminal Law. Hence my previous comments about 100-year-old firms simply being a marketing ploy to sound better than newer firms. class="infoquote "You can contact us at any time to discuss your cas...


Lawcomm Solicitors Services in Fareham, Whiteley & London: Far too often we see companies - not just law firms - fill up their blog section with the most thin articles you'll ever see that are mainly just more sales pitches about how great their firm is. Lawcomm should also get a couple of thumbs up for having a proper Blog s...


Kudos Legal Ltd Solicitors in Glasgow and Preston: The only issue when looking such things up is that there doesn't seem to be a clear separation between their Preston and Glasgow offices. There are also several firms in the UK using the name 'Kudos' including Kudos Legal Services and Kudos Law Ltd which are both different...


Khan Law - Raees Khan Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: For all we know, their award could be for best logo design. medical negligence or criminal injury cases) it is quite common and understandable for the solicitor to charge a success fee and take a cut of the final compensation. People tend to think any solicitor can do it. ...

DV Solicitors (Deo Volente Legal LLP) Law Firm in Bedford & Luton: A few articles back we covered a law firm that had a 5 star review for being such a great dog-friendly restaurant. With so many Pakistan citizens within the UK, making sure we would offer a firm such as Deo Volente to them seemed a no brainer . class="infoquote "a...


Joanna Connolly Solicitors in Liverpool, Merseyside: Often a conditional fee arrangement is put in place where the client pays no money up front, but as much as 25% to 30% of any monies 'won' during a case will be paid to the solicitor on completion. No conflicts - which is nice. I recommend a phone call to confirm the ins and...


Jarmans Solicitors Ltd in Sittingbourne, Kent & Chancery Lane, London: Unfortunately most solicitors are fond of vague and adjective-filled praise devoid of any useful information. That's why we always recommend having a look at https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 411403 jarmans-solicitors?Solicitors=True" The Law Society...


IWC Estate Planning & Management Ltd | Probate & Will Services in Braintree: Originally 0800 was only free on landlines and charged at quite an extortionate rate on mobiles. For example whilst we link to www.iwc-ltd.co.uk as many other sites do, our browser was redirected to www.iwcprobateservices.co.uk Even more confusing was that Google shows...


Integral Law Ltd - Solicitors Firm in Hendon, London: However people are also always seeking experienced specialists in most areas of law as well. Please note that this can often be a misleading data because that date on the Companies House site is only when the company became 'Limited'. Most legal professionals are signed up...


Ian Mallon Solicitors Ltd in Newry and Dublin: However the staff profiles on this firm's site were spot on. That might help you with your own research and suggest some general resources you can use to check up on law firms in general. It will provide each solicitor's qualification date too. The website also provi...


R James Hutcheon Solicitors - Law Firm in Liverpool: See what I did there? Most law firms have testimonials dotted around or even a full page dedicated to them. How can you tell them apart? How can you tell which one is best for you? Or are they all pretty much the same? It's true that for many smaller claims there...


Howe + Co Solicitors in Brentford, London: If you scroll down to the bottom of most pages on their website you'll also see a short list of awards they have won and been nominated for. One of our staff worked in immigration (Liverpool) for about a year and confirms it can be a very emotionally strenous environment, an...


Helix Law Ltd - Solicitors in Brighton & Eastbourne: I had an urgent matter that I needed advise on and Phoebe was a great help. Recently we've started seeking out more specialist firms to try and save people the hassle of phoning a firm that says they do personal injury, only to find out they don't do 'that' kind of injury. I...


Hawkridge & Company - Hawk Law Solicitors in Gillingham, Medway: These kinds of things are not automatically given to new firms or anyone that simply signs up to that organisation. This includes all known offices, with alternate contact details, any related trading names, staff information, languages spoken, and more. One thing...


HH Law Ltd - Hampson Hughes Solicitors in Liverpool: From Ian Troop and Carlos Lopez (both qualified in 2000), to Paul Hampson (2005) and Gary Doward (2019) it's a good sign of tempered experience mixed with fresh faces hungry to prove themselves. However there is a host of possible misspellings using 'Hamson' or 'Hughs' by ac...


GloverPriest Solicitors Ltd in Birmingham (Great Barr), Stourbridge, Wellingborough & Tamworth: Thankfully, GloverPriest have not done that. As sometimes happens with forums such as Google, Yellow Pages or Yelp - firms with multiple offices get reviewed individually. Clients don't want to feel as though they're always talking to reception or junior staff. If you...


Frank Rogers Law Ltd - Motoring Offence Solicitor in Birkenhead: Certainly if you can get these basic answers sorted first, you can get much more out of your free consultation . class="infoquote "Notices of Intended Prosecution can be defective and if you do not understand how to deal with them, you can end up with points on your ...


Fieldfisher LLP Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester & London: 100% compensation guaranteed means there will be no fees if you WIN either. Not only that, they even have their own Wikipedia page. For this firm to have individual offices within the UK that have remained focused on a relatively small target group and one that can bring j...


Education Law Service Ltd - Special Educational Needs Lawyer in London: This applies to the Education Law Service Ltd firm as well. Some other resources will pop up as well that might be helpful with some of the basics at least, including www.childlawadvice.org.uk Plus some organisations that may not be able to help you at all - for e...

Pump Court Chambers Direct Access Barristers in London, Swindon & Winchester: It does however cause some thought to have to be given when researching things like online reviews. you'll see that many of the reviews are about specific individuals rather than a whole firm. Pump Court Chambers don't handle property matters, but you never know what sc...


Hammond Trotter Solicitors Ltd | Motor Offence Lawyers in Manchester & London: 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. So sure enough, we sought out a specialist to start recommending to people. This is...


Driscoll Kingston Solicitors in Liverpool: the longest length one of their solicitors has been qualified). On checking just now they list several individuals for Driscoll Kingston such as David Edwards, Julie Twist, Karla-lea Kingston, and Joanne Bold with 30 years, 20 years, 16 years, and 6 years experience respecti...


DFA Law LLP Solicitors in Northampton: Obviously we were impressed enough with this firm to add them to our network: class="infoquote "We pride ourselves on our levels of service, independence and value. DFA Law on the other hand has both a long establishment date and well-experienced staff on board: ...


CFG Law Personal Injury Solicitors in Cheadle, Greater Manchester: Actually, a great idea. Whilst taking out what is essentially a 'loan' at the start of your case might sound daunting, it is something we believe is a good idea. Obviously we've linked to the main site www.cfglaw.co.uk but www.cfglaw.com goes no-where, which usually ends up ...


Catteralls Solicitors in Wakefield: Whilst getting on with your solicitor and feeling like they genuinely care about you will often be the ultimate final deal breaker, there is a lot of research you can perform to narrow down the number of firms you end up calling to begin with. The most common errors o...


Briffa Legal Ltd Intellectual Property (IP) Solicitors in London: It's an awkward shape and the colours are too pale to display around our site easily. One quick note on navigation: we've linked to the official website above which is www.briffa.com, not www.briffa.co.uk which is currently owned by a different firm. But the firm's enth...


Bilkus and Boyle Solicitors & Estate Agents in Glasgow: This is important because the firm deals with property matters. By that we mean they handle conveyancing which is an area of law packed with unhappy clients. (Yes, it's that comparable.) So a firm still willing to work with people who can't afford a solicitor otherwi...


AWH Legal Ltd - AWH Solicitors in Manchester & Blackburn: class="infoquote "We are a modern multi-service law firm based in Manchester and Blackburn, proudly providing award-winning legal services to clients nationwide."< div> This opening line from AWH solicitors does help put the mind at ease about it being a genuine l...


Avery & Walters Ltd - Solicitors in Leeds & Harrogate: Most solicitors in the UK are registered with them in their respective areas. The https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 530926 avery-walters-limited?Solicitors=True" page for this firm< a> for example lists a good mix of seasoned experienced personel al...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services in Whitley Bay, Newcastle: Whilst we often discuss the pros and cons of using specialists, we usually are talking about firms that handle Business Law compared to a firm that tries to handle absolutely everything from Divorce to Litigation to Motor Offenses and more. class="infoquote "We can tak...


Asghar & Co Ltd Solicitors in Southall & Slough: Asghar & Co first caught our eye as being a larger firm that still handled Legal Aid cases. class="infoquote "Our efficient legal specialists will make sure to keep you fully informed at every stage, respond immediately to all your queries and consult you before arisin...


APS Legal & Associates Ltd - Will Advisors and Assured Probate Services: If you don't want to scroll through the whole sales pitch, then just scroll down to the bottom of any page. Once you have the name of the law firm you can use the various resource we already recommend such as searching the relevant Law Society's website for background and qu...


Apprise Legal Services - Wills, Trusts, Probate & Estate Planning in Sutton Coldfield: We try to locate large firms, small firms, specialists and different types of legal professional for each area. or any other such considerations where you actually might care a bit more about who-gets-what once you're gone - then expert advice advice is definitely needed, an...


Allsop Durn Solicitors in Ruislip: One last hopefully self-explanatory snippet from AD's website: class="infoquote "We are members of the Law Society, the Conveyancing Quality Scheme and Solicitors for the Elderly."< div>. really.) So always put the star ratings into context by reading the comments th...


Aina Khan Law Ltd - Family Law Solicitors in Broxbourne, London: My first lawyer said he was beyond reach of the English court as all our assets were abroad. Normally we don't refer to a firm's own testimonials. Aina Khan Law Ltd for example are signed up with The Law Society for England & Wales. Again, www.ainakhan.co.uk was not in use. ...


Aconveyancing Ltd in Tamworth & Shirley (Solihull): None of that seemed to apply to Aconveyancing's reviews. In Scotland, you'll see far less negative comments of that type due to the different laws preventing the majority of gazumping. class="infoquote "We also provide expert legal advice ..."< div> If the...


ABS Lawyers Ltd Solicitors in Corby & Maghull, Liverpool: But I'm sure most of you are already aware about the wealth of review boards available these days such as Google Reviews, Trustpilot, Yelp, Yell, etc. But you may get some useful extra bits of info nonetheless. class="infoquote "if someone wants to fight for compensati...


5 Essex Court Chambers & Partners - Barristers in London: Unfortunately Google can be quite slow in responding to scammers. However with 5 Essex Court there seems to be a wealth of information, articles and reviews available right from the outset. To have such a great industry reputation certainly puts them head and shoulders ab...


33 Legal Ltd | Claim Services in Preston & Manchester: And you don't want a law firm with either issue. We did see a few niggly things and cliche words around, but nothing worth pointing out except for the huge number of websites the firm seem to be running. Or, basic narcissism. The issues are very personal so it typically...


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