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:

Youngs Solicitors - Young & Co Solicitors Ltd in Longton (Stoke on Trent): Sometimes it's as little as having received an official looking email that said the bank details for payment have changed. Third you have firms where each solicitor within the firm has their own specialty. So what key points stood out about the Young's setup? class="in...


ULA Solicitors Ltd - Law Firm in London: However for ULA Solicitors there are plenty of in-depth reviews stating exactly how they were helped. The official name is ULA Solicitors Ltd and if you see any mentions of Ullah Law Associates (U.L.A.) - that was the name of the firm prior to 2018. Make sure you keep aware ...


Trust Inheritance Ltd Wills, Probate & Estate Planning in Weston-Super-Mare: Another thing that should be mentioned though is the level of alternate and individual services Trust Inheritance Ltd provide from their site. There is a whole section https: trustinheritance.toolboxx.co.uk #bereavement" offering various products< a> to tailor towards wha...


Trojan Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London: Concerns about related domain names and online searches are really only urgent when it comes to property matters for the moment. As mentioned before though, whilst the firm is 'new' ( https: find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk company 11417981" ha...


The Legal Practice Ltd - Solicitors in Wembley Park, Greater London: So whilst other industries have moved on to the point where restaurants, technologies, and even just social media sites are favoured by their newness - many solicitors still cling to the idea that ancient is better when it comes to law. That should mean the practice has a ...


The Injury Solicitor Ltd - Road Accident Claims in Salford, Manchester: many law firms that certainly use tricky marketing language to artificially boost the 'experience' number they quote. But several things stood out to us which we thought we would share. But if you win, there may be. Such as: class="infoquote "We use the latest techno...


Taylor Price Legal Ltd - Solicitors in Leeds & Levenshulme (Manchester): Surely an ideal mix for any legal service provider? class="infoquote "Our team members have been ranked as leading lawyers, recommended counsel and individuals to watch in Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, and IFLR."< div> One thing we're constantly going on about a...


Stenfield Ltd Solicitors in Norwich & Harrow on the Hill, London: Also at the moment neither www.stenfieldsolicitors.com or the .co.uk version are owned by anyone. Whereas a new brand legal practice that popped up last month could have several well seasoned lawyers with dozens of years' experience between them. We've also seen anti-capital...


Simons Rodkin Solicitors LLP in London, Finchley & Hatfield: The address could also lead to some of the usual typos we see with hyphenated URls or those that don't use the firm's name in them - e.g. Your instruct, we act."< div> Hopefully this article has helped you with a few hints about researching firms generally and maybe eve...


Springle & Co Solicitors Estate Planning Wills & Probate in North Shields, Tyne and Wear: Customer care second to none."< div> They are all positive as these snippets show. class="infoquote "Our friendly team of experts are here to guide you through the legal processes, whether you’re making a Will, planning for the future or dealing with a bereavemen...


Simper Law Ltd - Solicitors in Norwich & Great Yarmouth: It also has a few quirks that will allow us to discuss important things to pay attention to when researching the best firm for your specific needs. The age of the firm's brand name is pretty much meaningless and often tenuously worked out to begin with using the wife's-cousi...

Reynolds Macdonald Solicitors in Hackney: The main issue with similar domains not being owned or extra side websites only really becomes an issue in cases where the client needs to pay large sums of money such as in property sales purchases. It boggles the mind. Normally you will be asked to sign an insurance...


The Search Bureau from Premier Searches Ltd - UK Conveyancing Search Provider: We saw a few other related names including Premier Searches Limited and Conveyancing Compare, but they all have their own sites. So sadly there isn't a lot of independent comments floating around on the third party forums such as Google, Yelp, Yell, Trustpilot, etc. They o...


Robin Somerville Direct Access Barrister & Mediator in Barnet, Greater London: We checked with Google, Yelp, Yell.com and Trustpilot as well as some other sites like ours that recommend or list barrister information. However barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Council who unfortunately do not provide as much information compared to wonderfu...


Richmond Legal Ltd Solicitors in Middleton, Manchester: The main one for English Welsh legal professionals is The Law Society of England & Wales and it is simply an excellent resource for people to use. The official site we link to above is www.richmondlegalltd.co.uk and at the moment the alternative www.richmondlegalltd.com do...


Reid Black Solicitors Ltd in Belfast, Antrim & Ballyclare: So being registered with the local law society is completely understandable. Some of which have been past names but their current registered company name is Reid Black Solicitors Ltd. We did see one negative comment about Reid Black apparently being more expensive than othe...


RD Costings Ltd - Criminal Injury Claims based in Portishead: Two of our staff worked on such cases for years including CICA matters.) But if firm took on a lot of less simple cases such as medical negligence, uninsured drivers, or criminal injury matters - then the 25% commission is often vital to them being able to operate pro...


Pump Court Chambers Direct Access Barristers in London, Swindon & Winchester: If you flick through the reviews on regular haunts such as Google, Yell, Trustpilot, Yelp, etc. But be aware that if you search for 'pump court barristers' or other related terms you may see www.onepumpcourt.co.uk, www.4pumpcourt.com, www.5pumpcourt.com, www.6pumpcourt.co.uk...


Penerley Commercial Lawyers in Islington, London: For some reason, thousands of people have easily fallen for this. Penerleys only had three online reviews that we saw after digging through Google, Yell, Yelp and Trustpilot. The idea being that most people have an image in their head when the term 'solicitor' is menti...


Pacific Law Estate Planning Solicitors in Manchester: When reviews do start popping up though (and even in your searches of any company really) you need to take the time to read through comments. In fact there seems to be a very clear split in the industry, with one section of legal practices boasting about ancient foundin...


OTS Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London, UK: The majority were positive like the snippets above. That's like leaving a bad review for McDonalds for not selling pizza. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 601629 ots-solicitors-ltd" check the pages for this firm< a> you'll see a wealth of details includin...


OneLaw Chambers - Solicitors, Barristers & Advocates in London: Even more positively - this change encourages lawyers to be far more invested in each case as a win is important for them as well. Scammers email property buying clients telling them the bank details for their deposit has changed and apparently thousands of people have sim...


NV Legal Ltd Personal Injury Solicitors in Watford: Whilst it can be common for senior solicitors to have their more junior staff do large chunks of the grunt work - that is something you probably will never know about. But you never know what's going to happen next so always be aware of where your communications are coming f...


My Law Matters from Fentimans - Solicitors in Wolverhampton, Manchester, Solihull & Waltham Cross: It's certainly something to bear in mind. We were recently asked whether it's common for law firms to create a new trading name because their existing name has a bad reputation. But there are no negative implications we know of for firms having different brandings. There's a...


Milners Law LLP Solicitors in Leeds, Harrogate & Pontefract: There is further information about staff members http: abstractionit.co.uk milnerslaw solicitor-staff " on the Milner's website< a>. This becomes important to note because the firm handles property matters which https: www.thetimes.co.uk static connected-fami...


Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors in Bargoed & Tredomen, Wales: For Michael Leighton Jones we didn't see any such negative 'themes' . Useful context for negative reviews should be used to check if there is a theme. If you've already gone through dozens of law websites today looking for the best firm for your case, you've probably notice...


MGBe Legal Immigration Lawyers in London: class="infoquote "received a very helpful, detailed and accurate service" "always available to answer all my questions at any time of the process" "the service was prompt, efficient and accurate" "very approachable and knowledgeable"< div> All the r...


Mckie Legal Solicitors in Penrith & St Helens (ConnectMeToaLawyer Ltd): We cover the reasons why solicitors do this in our article McEwan Fraser Legal Property Conveyancing in Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Inverness: Firms that deal in divorce or bankruptcy tend not to have many public reviews about how things went. Also be aware that it's very easy to spoof the 'Sender:' in an email. Neither of which would impress you enough to use their actual services would it? McEwan Fraser Lega...


Mason Bullock CCJ & Employment Solicitors in Coventry: class="infoquote "...we’ll advise on whether you can negotiate a better settlement package and whether payments are being made in the most tax efficient way."< div> This is another statement that may not stand out to general consumers, but does to us. Some people...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd: Chances are most review sites will do the same and just change some titles around. The new web address is www.linkilawsolicitors.com with www.linkilawsolicitors.co.uk redirecting you there. But law firms are starting to realise that telling people they've been establish...


Lindsays Solicitors Offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dundee: Their own website is https secure for filing in contact forms with your details which is great . But I'm guessing most people that see articles with companies holding large cheques being handed to a charity rep - have a little cynicism in them too. However www.lindsay...


Levins Solicitors in Huyton, Liverpool: So how do Levins Solicitors stack up on such boards? class="infoquote "professionalism and experience were of great comfort" "Without them by my side ... Exactly what most people would like to have in a firm handling their case. The firm has a range of expe...


Lefevres Law Firm - Litigation Solicitors in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen: The age of the firm's branding is irrelevant and often a very tenuous claim anyway. People are https: www.thetimes.co.uk static connected-families conveyancing-email-scam-hackers-steal-house-deposit " handing tens of thousands of pounds over to fraudsters< a> sometimes af...


KRS Estate Planning Ltd - Will & Probate Advice in Leicester: The official site which we link to above is www.krsep.co.uk with www.krsep.com not redirecting there. This is a great benefit for clients as it means a better chance of getting legal help from someone with focused expertise and experience in your particular type of case. B...


Khan Law - Raees Khan Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: Some review forums had zero negative comments included. At the moment the https: www.which.co.uk consumer-rights advice i-think-i-may-have-given-a-fraudster-my-bank-details" majority of scams tend to revolve around property matters< a> as fraudsters seem to be abl...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: However for all three - they're quite meaningless. Never discuss payments or bank details via email. There are 10 solicitors at the firm at time of writing with Noel Lee having qualified in 1997, William Cheung in 2005, Ahmed Yousafzai in 2011, and more - right up to Sarah K...


Ian Mallon Solicitors Ltd in Newry and Dublin: Maybe you'll have more luck. A last word to sum up from the firm themselves: class="infoquote "Whether you are a company or an individual and need legal advice – the best way to find out how we can help is to contact us."< div>. Some are certainly more interestin...


Howe + Co Solicitors in Brentford, London: Many of their websites even look the same with photos of people in smart suits smiling and pointing at a computer screen or shaking hands. Gushingly so on occasions, as I'm guessing they were in relation to situations such as immigration where people can feel literally in t...


HooperHyde Business Law Solicitors in Solihull: (5x2=10) That's another great use for the law society website because you can check the actual expertise and experience of individual solicitors within the firms. class="infoquote "worked tirelessly for me to win my case and I am extremely grateful" "really u...


Hawkridge & Company - Hawk Law Solicitors in Gillingham, Medway: It's therefore not uncommon to see zero reviews for even established firms on Google, Trustpilot, Yelp, etc. class="infoquote "Hawkridge & Company solicitors ensure a personal and supportive approach to every client"< div> Unfortunately when it comes to law firms,...


Fulton's Solicitors & Estate Agents in Clarkston & Mount Florida, Glasgow: There are news articles about Fultons https: www.scottishlegal.com article gildeas-completes-acquisition-of-glasgow-firm-fulton-s" being bought over< a> by a firm called Gildeas not too long ago. That's because the majority of conveyancing firms have negative reviews. So ...


Frazer Coogans Ltd - Solicitors in Ayr, Prestwick & Glasgow: At 1to1Legal we also have a staff member who went through law school whilst working here, so we're very aware there does need to be a fair bit of flexibility and a desire to encourage a staff member's studies to make that situation work. The most common typo we'd expec...


Fieldfisher LLP Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester & London: A quick note on navigation as always. Not only that, they even have their own Wikipedia page. Establishment is something different in the minds of various people. There are various such organisations but this one has the best website in our opinion due to the scop...


Fair Result Ltd Divorce Settlement Mediation Services in Leicester: Typically we haven't used any of the services of the firms we write articles on. As if on seeing 'established in 1821' on a law firm's site, the general public will believe a 200 year old solicitor is sat on a throne somewhere in the office imparting sage advice to junior me...


Education Law Service Ltd - Special Educational Needs Lawyer in London: A specialist like the Education Law Service that does such cases day in, day out (again, just like specialists for other legal matters) will likely cover a much wider range of work within that area of law. Sometimes the only way to ensure your child gets the correct ca...


Dylan Nair Solicitors Ltd in Preston, Lancashire: The official site we link to above is www.dylannair.com however www.dylannair.co.uk does not seem to be currently owned by anyone. But it's really not a negative sign if a law firm you're looking up has few or even zero online comments about them. Although the branding name ...


DV Solicitors (Deo Volente Legal LLP) Law Firm in Bedford & Luton: However both www.deovolente.com and www.deovolente.co.uk are owned by other firms. class="infoquote "We create value for our clients, our people and our community"< div> If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 529702 deo-volente-legal-llp" check out ...


DisrepairClaim.co.uk - Housing Disrepair Claims Company based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire: Most of the time unregulated claims resellers hide out on social media sites like Facebook. Then there are firms that have several specialist solicitors who handled specific case types but all working under the same brand name umbrella. Typically we don't add claim...


DFA Law LLP Solicitors in Northampton: For larger life-changing matters, maybe not. So how do we know DFA Law have experience staff? Most legal professionals are signed up to a local Law Society. Titles such as "The end of ‘furlough’ – what now?", "Employment Tribunal fees abolished with immediate effect" and ...


David Stinson & Co Personal Injury Solicitors in Aylesford, Kent: That way the solicitor can get their fees costs covered. It contains what we would call 'Case Studies' where brief explanations are made about a prior case, it's problems, the actions taken, the timeframe, and the settlement. Unlike other services such as hairdressers, resta...


Cooks Solicitors in Newcastle under Lyme & Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire: Then their client goes on the web to complain about it. She is very good at clearing jams in the conveyancing process."< div> We couldn't find a staff profile section on the Cooks Solicitors website at the time of writing. All trading names, office locations, languages ...

Swain & Co Solicitors Ltd in Southampton, Liverpool & Havant: That's just plain rude. We've been writing about and working with law firms for over twenty years now. Testimonials always look different from third party review site comments because they are typically a page of positive-only messages from people the firm have hand chosen. ...


CEL Solicitors in Liverpool - Housing Disrepair, Knotweed, & Data Breach Claims: The article we wrote yesterday was about a firm that had a negative review because the person felt the firm's office was a little 'hard to find'. class="infoquote "As a law firm, we’re a bit different but in a good way!"< div> There were several things that stood ...


Catteralls Solicitors in Wakefield: The brand seems to be quite unique and therefore should be easy to find each time you want to come back to it. 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 resear...


QualitySolicitors Burton & Co in Lincoln & Sleaford: It doesn't stop there though. One of the best resources for finding out the specialties and experience of the individual solicitors within a firm is the local law societies. class="infoquote "Very professional and completed my case with no stress endured by m...


Branch Austin LLP Solicitors in Mayfair, London: For example, at the time of writing the firm lists Steven Gardner who qualified as a solicitor back in 1970, Tania Austin (qualified in 1984), Harender Branch (1999), Hal Branch (2001), Elliot Hammer (2014), right up to Sheida Zeinali who qualified in 2021. But we've seen se...


BLZ Solicitors NIHL, PPI & Immigration Lawyers in Stockport: We like to make sure we have a selection of types of help here on the 1to1Legal site. The firm's branding is BLZ Solicitors and they come up for searches for that name no problem. You have to remember that your solicitor and their staff should be spending their time reading...


Bilkus and Boyle Solicitors & Estate Agents in Glasgow: Fortunately there are resources online to help you distinguish between them a little better and hopefully make the decision easier. Typically one side is always unhappy at how a sale has gone either due to timescale, delays with finance, things popping up during the search...


Beers LLP - Solicitors in Kingsbridge & Plymouth, Devon: It's true the majority of firms we write about are going to receive fairly positive comments because we've already vetted them for addition to our search database. Unfortunately that needed to be said because there isn't much negative about Beers LLP for us to focus o...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services in Whitley Bay, Newcastle: The same is sometimes true of debt matters. People have given away millions each year to fraudsters. In fact, an experienced accountant could cost much less yet be far more effective . But this shouldn't pose a huge amount of risk anyway due to the area of law they de...


Asghar & Co Ltd Solicitors in Southall & Slough: 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 arising at any legal decision."< div> The only way to judge whether statements such as these ...


Argue & Co Legal - Allan Argue Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: In this instance you're left to rely on the firm's own about us page: class="infoquote "Allan previously worked for one of Scotland's leading personal injury and employment law specialists, and thereafter moved to one of the U.K's largest personal injury firms; wh...


APS Legal & Associates Ltd - Will Advisors and Assured Probate Services: class="infoquote "APS Legal and Associates are one of the UK’s largest and most reputable will writing and estate planning companies."< div> Most websites make claims like this using terms such as "estimated", "possibly", "one of the", "up to" and so on. property...


Antony Hodari Solicitors Housing Disrepair Specialists in Manchester: class="infoquote "Our solicitors will keep you up to date with the progress of your claim throughout and will answer any questions you may have about the claims process."< div> Another thing people always check on are the public reviews in places such as Google, T...


Aconveyancing Ltd in Tamworth & Shirley (Solihull): Having just an "a" in front of "conveyancing" did cause some minor issues when trying to research the firm. People are handing over their deposits to fraudsters sometimes based solely on an email. For example this article from https: www.standard.co.uk homesandproperty pro...


ABS Lawyers Ltd Solicitors in Corby & Maghull, Liverpool: Lastly there are firms that write statements such as the one from ABS Lawyers' site above saying they have X amount of years of 'combined experience'. Second the firm can state they have been 'providing legal services for over twenty years'. Some go as far as big bold l...


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