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:

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Law (aka All Law Ltd) Solicitors in Preston: Most importantly it will tell you the qualification dates of any legal professionals within the practice. But the first thing we would recommend when searching for legal help is not to get taken in with marketing jargon. For example, if you https: solicitors.lawsoci...


WYM Legal Ltd Conveyancing Solicitors in Watford: and an unusual three letter start - we've seen plenty of typos in our search function. Don't judge these firms too harshly. The official site is HTTPS secure though for submitting your details via their contact form. But also covers the qualification dates and areas of ex...


Woodstock Legal Services Ltd - Solicitors Law Practice in Poole: You'll see Peter Fowler qualified in 1974, Roger Clayson in 1981, Nichola Turpin in 2009, Carly Jermyn in 2010, right up to Rebecca Newton in 2017. class="infoquote "You will find us approachable, straight-forward and responsive."< div> Unfortunately there is oft...


Wolf Law Solicitors Ltd in Wirral: If you are looking up the firm on Google such as for reviews, you may have to enter the town name as well to get those details to show up - e.g. We have no idea why someone wouldn't call the law firm to check, but that's what happens. However, if the second firm only gets yo...


Wilford Smith Solicitors in Sheffield (Meadowhall) & Rotherham - WS Strategic Ltd: So what can you do? class="infoquote "We have been successfully representing businesses & individuals for over four decades."< div> Normally on a firm's site you'll see a statement such as this. They are a good example to use in order to provide insights and...


Wildcat Law Ltd Solicitors in London & Southampton: For the entirety of the 20th century people had to take their case to a solicitor who would then hire a barrister to represent the matter in court (if it came to that). For example this snippet from the Wildcat Law front page: class="infoquote "Sensible and practical ...


WH Law Ltd - Immigration Solicitors in Woking: The main thing to remember is that a lack of reviews is not a negative sign. Sometimes based on nothing more than a single official-looking email saying to do so. If there is only one or two solicitors in the practice and they say they specialise in three dozen types of law ...


Waterstone Partnership Solicitors Ltd in Bradford: Your browser should tell you which sites are and are not secure which is important if you are going to submit your personal details via any online contact form. As some tend to pack their pages with nothing but sales pitches. For example if you see any firm stating 'establi...


Walker Foster Ltd Solicitors in Skipton, Barnoldswick, Silsden, Settle, Ilkley, Northallerton & Harrogate: That's a big positive in our opinion. This immediately gives the impression of a large, well-established firm. Sadly, the up and coming generation doesn't seem as savvy when it comes to spotting an advert. We're bombarded with marketing at every turn. These are just some id...


UVS Law Immigration & Visa Solicitor in Burton-on-Trent & London: While it's very (very, very) easy to assume all government officials are corrupt and take bribes, it shouldn't be necessary if your lawyer has the skills required. class="infoquote "We understand that the immigration process can be complex and confusing, which is why...


TWB Probate Solicitors Ltd - Estate Planning, Wills & Probate in London: class="infoquote "All case work is undertaken by a solicitor who thereby provides a customised, personal service. The official site is www.twbprobatesolicitors.com which is HTTPS secure for submitting your personal details on their contact form. Unfortunately,...


The Law Partnership Ltd - Solicitors in Coventry: The Law Society have a data-packed user-side offering where you can search information on any registered firm. Also, not all of them state it clearly. (I know, it sounds simple now.) class="infoquote "We provide sound, practical advice in many aspects of the legal i...


Thomas and Thomas Solicitors Ltd in Maesteg, Bridgend & Port Talbot: This is hugely important because the firm deals with property matters which has been the target of huge scams for more than a decade now. We've even seen people from the other side of the transaction leaving negative reviews on the buyer seller's solicitors which ne...


The Legal Practice Ltd - Solicitors in Rickmansworth & Wembley Park, Greater London: There is also a huge amount of people that leave negative reviews about the other side's solicitor during a house transaction which seems incredibly unfair because they've usually obtained their negative opinion from their own solicitor blaming every issue on the other side....


Stephanie Heijdra - The Lady Barrister & Clerksroom Chambers in London: Barristers are setup quite differently to regular law offices in that there typically aren't official physical law offices to go back and forth to. class="infoquote "She is a level 3 OISC Immigration Caseworker and a Level 2 Law Society Immigration and Asylum Casework...


Thaxted Legal Ltd Immigration Solicitors in Chislehurst, London: There are also several other Ltd companies with Thaxted in the name so just pay close attention when looking up things like reviews. Immigration is an area of law like Divorce and Motor Offences where people really do want an expert. But gut choices don't always have to be w...


Summerfield Browne Solicitors in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Market Harborough & Leicester: If you check the information https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 546848 summerfield-browne-limited?Solicitors=True" for this firm< a> you'll see a range of experience spanning the last four decades including Lynn Emery who qualified as a solicit...


Stowe Family Law - Divorce Solicitors in Harrogate, York, Beverley & Other Locations: The second impressive thing we'd point out is the firm's opening hours. The official firm name actually does have those generic industry terms of 'family law' in it, but search engines seem to return the correct firm without them e.g. But you've probably come across a ...


Sternberg Reed LLP Solicitors with Offices in Romford, Barking & Grays: Neither of the variants such as www.sternbergreed.co.uk get you to the correct place though and we spotted a specialist site for the firm's family law department at www.srfamilylawsolicitors.co.uk Keeping an eye out to make sure you know where you are at all times is b...


Solidaire Solicitors - Solidaire Law Ltd in Milton Keynes: Google keeps changing how it displays reviews though. When firms had to rely on local word of mouth or distance between a customer and any advert they could place - legal practices would tend to try and take as many different case types as possible to ensure a steady ...


Smith and Graham Solicitors in Hartlepool, Peterlee and Middlesbrough: The best resource we've found is The Law Society of England & Wales website which is packed with useful details such as contact details, all office addresses, practice areas, and staff qualification dates. As we only review the legal industry and it's professionals ...


Rose Fendlen Law - Solicitors in Wigan (Formerly LRose Law): Make sure to listen carefully to the options provided and don't assume both will apply to your case.. One last point: class="infoquote "Get in touch now For a free, no obligation consultation."< div> For general litigation matters we would never expect a law fi...


PCS Legal Ltd Conveyancing Solicitors in Basildon, Ongar, Wickford, London, Rayleigh &Harlow: class="infoquote "We are on the Legal Panel for most major banks, building societies and lending institutions and can therefore deal with all mortgage security work on their behalf."< div> Another thing to bear in mind when deciding between conveyance providers ...


Oakwood Solicitors Ltd & Oakwood Property Solicitors in Leeds: Especially the fact they offer direct contact details for each staff member as well. So how do they compare? class="infoquote "dealt with the case very professionally and promptly" "made everything easy for me understand each step of the claim" "extremely helpfu...


Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors in Macclesfield: So really we don't think 'established' or 'founding' dates are helpful in any way. 'Experience' length of times can also be worded very differently on sites and we think Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors have done themselves a dis-service in how they've worded theirs. ...


SG Murphy & Co Ltd - Solicitors in Newtownabbey, Belfast: Including each side leaving negative feedback on each other's firm. These are just little things but you need to keep vigilant - especially with property matters. Unless you put that in exactly you won't get to see even the few details https: www.lawsoc-ni.org sg-murphy-co...


MJV & Co Solicitors Ltd - Law Firm in Thornton-Cleveleys, Blackpool: We've been working in the legal industry for over 20 years now and can certainly remember a lot more 'XZY & Son' brands being around. class="infoquote "call us today for a free, no obligation chat"< div> A quick note on navigation as there are a few things we ...


McCarthy + Co LLP Solicitors in Dublin, Cork & Clonakilty: For example if you type 'mccarthy and co in clonakilty' you will see data for that office. It's always a sad thing for us to admit with 1to1Legal being a Scottish firm, but The Law Society of England & Wales has produced a far better and more user friendly website than a...


Mark Croft Driving Offence Solicitor in Derby: Sometimes with scams so simple as sending them an email stating the payment details have changed. Because if you've already flicked through a few dozen legal service websites today, you'll have noticed that many use the same wording, make the same promises, and even used pra...


Mackenzie Jones Solicitors in St Asaph, Menai Bridge & Chester: However with this firm handling conveyancing matters you need to be extra careful. If we do add a general law practice in an area though, we try to find one that looks the most 'solid'. If you check the https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation offices 455061 macken...


Lyons Solicitors - Law Firm in Kingswood, Westbury-on-Trym & Chew Magna (Bristol): Always make sure you're on the correct website and never discuss payment details via email without confirming directly with the firm that it's genuine. . They have a wonderful, free user side offering which will provide you with trading names, alternative contact details,...


LS Legal Solicitors Ltd: For example, many people seek specialist firms for cases such as Motoring Offences, Divorce, and Conveyancing in the hope that the focused attention and specific experience will provide a better outcome in a swifter time. A quick note on navigation though as the offic...


QualitySolicitors Large & Gibson - Law Firm in Southsea, Portsmouth: class="infoquote "communication was great, always advising" "the team was really helpful and responsive" "systematic and efficient which ensured a speedy hassle free experience" "very quick responses to any queries"< div> At the time of writing they had 20...


Kee Solicitors Ltd in Glasgow & Aberdeen: All firms will say they have these qualities. That can certainly be a bit more helpful than the highly rose-tinted and hand-picked testimonials some firms choose to post on their site. But the claims are not unique. The Law Society of Scotland displays https: www.lawscot.o...


JPS Walker Solicitors Ltd in Manchester: The firm does come up top for common variant searches such as 'jps and walker solicitors' or 'jps walker legal'. Again, a very rough example but to make a geniune point. This is often referred to as a 'conditional fee' arrangement and will typically be around 25% of your set...


Horsley Law Solicitors in Stafford aka Horsley Holdings Ltd: 100% Satisfied Clients."< div> They are a relatively new firm in comparison to the ages of many legal practices in the UK, with Horsley being set up in 2016. class="infoquote "worked tirelessly to ensure a speedy recovery from this devastating disaster" "persi...


Hill House Chambers - Barristers Based in London: Biggest things to watch for are emails about money, payments, or bank details as that should never happen . But the Bar Standards Board is far less consumer oriented. Prior to access being available you had to pay a solicitor to hire a barrister to deal with certain court m...


Heritage Park Family Law Ltd - Barrister Chambers in Ampthill, Bedford: Some charge a fee for this service. class="infoquote "we always offer an initial discussion* free of charge"< div> To Heritage Park's credit, they have asterix'ed this statement and put a clarification later on. While many firms have testimonials on their websi...


HCR Legal LLP Solicitors Law Firm incl Medical Accident Group in Worcester, Birmingham & Hereford: The main website is www.hcrlaw.com however there are others like the medical accident group site mentioned above. For example, while www.hcrlaw.co.uk redirects you to the main site, other variants such as www.hcrlegal.com are not currently owned by the firm. Every firm will ...


Harrison's Solicitors - Conveyancing in Reading, Caversham & Woodley: It did for "caversham" and "woodley". So what can you do to know the difference between one firm that says they are the 'leading firm' for their service versus the other 100 firms all saying they are the 'leading firm' as well? class="infoquote "Harrison's Solicitor...


Guardian Law Ltd - Employment & HR Lawyers in Nottingham: They are an excellent resources and we absolutely recommend checking through them. Almost obsessed. That shouldn't cause too much confusion . This firm's official website is www.guardianlaw.co.uk but www.guardianlaw.com brings up a different legal practice in the USA. We...


Goldsmith Bowers Debt Recovery & Litigation Solicitors in Bradford: The idea being that the older the firm, the more experienced it is. Modern Systems. Unfortunately, though, there are far fewer reviews about law firms than other industries. class="infoquote "Our team of industry experts have been brought together to create a client...


Girlings Solicitors LLP & Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd in Sandwich, Ashford & Canterbury: It's not as if any firm is claiming to be 'one of the failing' or 'outdated' or 'ineffecient'. The first only guarantees that you won't have to pay anything if your case loses. For all we know their 'award' might be for best logo design which doesn't really affect how good ...


Frei Solicitors Ltd - Luxury Asset Law Firm in London: While they are all clearly positive, they are also very few in number. So while a nationwide conveyancing firm might have 300+ reviews on an independent review forum such as Google, Trustpilot, or Facebook - a specialist divorce lawyer might have only a handful or even none....


Foster & Coleman Ltd Solicitors in Bromley, Greater London: It's common for solicitors to make huge claims about ancient founding dates such as 'established in 1881' or even older. The majority of scams the past several years have all focused on https: www.theguardian.com money 2019 aug 24 the-45000-deposit-for-our-first-home-was-s...


Eve Lake Conveyancing & Legal Services in Hope Valley: These are usually a lower cost option compared to a conveyancing solicitor. Sadly that difference is often not explained well by either. Be aware though, in either case, most mortgage lenders will only deal with certain conveyancers and solicitors https: www.lender...

Amy King Legal - Personal Injury & Litigation Solicitor in Gillingham, Kent: We've watched insurance firms spend £20,000 to fight a £5,000 claim they thought was frivolous. So 6x staff members with 5 years of experience = 30 years of experience 'within the firm' . Or at least, less understanding. For example, if you ever see a statement ...


EMD Law LLP Solicitors in Staplehurst & St Leonards-on-Sea: There was a chat feature on the site, but the two times we tried it we were simply asked for our phone number early on so someone could call us. We've also seen some search results for this firm under 'Hastings' and 'Maidstone' as those are much larger cities near thei...


EDC Lord & Co Solicitors in Southall: Also you cannot use an ampersand in web addresses so www.edclord&co.co.uk is not possible. Their website, www.edclord.co.uk, is an excellent representation of the firm's commitment to professionalism, expertise, and customer service. There is also a frequently asked question...


Eatons Solicitors in Bradford, Bingley, Yeadon & Leeds West Yorkshire: But most importantly they also list the areas of expertise and qualification date of every solicitor registered within the firm as well. So what do the reviews of this firm look like? class="infoquote "handled everything in an efficient manner" "kept me well informe...


Drummond Miller LLP Solicitors in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bathgate, Musselburgh, Dalkeith & East Kilbride: Today's article however is on Drummond Miller. It's very common for solicitors to use their names with an 'and' in between, but not in this case. class="infoquote "We get to know our clients and understand the issues that are important to them so we can provide them ...


Dispute Resolver Consultancy - Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution ADR in London: However, for ADR professionals there doesn't seem to be a solid organisation watching over everything to refer you to. class="infoquote "Our secondary specialisation is contract writing drafting, contract review, contract analysis, document review, and election observ...


Defank Solicitors in London: We have seen notes about a Defank Solicitor in Croydon but that seems to be the same firm as this one based slightly further north in Greater London. The website of The Law Society of England & Wales has a wealth of data for users to see the trading names, contact addresses,...


CWJ Solicitors & Notaries - Clarkson Wright & Jakes Ltd in Orpington, Kent: There are also mentions of Clarkson Wright & Jakes Notaries. People have handed https: www.theguardian.com money 2023 oct 07 i-lost-240000-uk-victims-share-their-stories" their entire house deposit to fraudsters< a>. In particular - property sales clients. However we don'...

Scotland Injury Solicitors from Baker Hardman Ltd in Glasgow: Some have https: www.express.co.uk finance personalfinance 1782733 scam-warning-home-deposit-hackers-online" handed thousands of pounds over to scammers< a> sometimes based on a single email. There is a separate website for the Scottish branch at www.scotlandinjurysolicit...


Cullimore Dutton Solicitors Ltd - Conveyancing & Legal Services in Chester: Surely a desirable mix of fresh eyes with wise minds? (We can be poetic sometimes!) class="infoquote "easy to contact and responded to emails usually the same day" "super quick and kept a good communication through out the process" "helped navigate my property s...


Calio Claims Ltd - Personal Injury in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth & Dundee: This really should just be a matter of what logo is at the top of the emails and letters you receive. That's probably why only 8% of people clicked that they trusted company provided testimonials in our poll last year. class="infoquote "Wherever possible, we aim to de...


Buchanan & Co Ltd Solicitors in Staveley, Chesterfield, Kiveton Park & Sheffield: (Quite often not even from their own clients but from impatient buyers sellers on the opposite side!) class="infoquote "People often feel that Conveyancers get paid for doing very little. In fact, they could probably do with updating their website content to reflect t...


Brown & Co Solicitors in Greenwich, London: Make sure you are on the correct website and never discuss bank details or payments by email. class="infoquote "Our solicitors have the experience to go beyond simply answering your legal questions"< div> It currently shows that Brown & Co solicitors have staff ...


Brodies LLP Solicitors in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh & Inverness Scotland: However, how can you check whether the actual solicitor you've spoken to genuinely has the focus and experience under their belt? Unlike the Scottish Law Society, the Law Society of England & Wales provides a huge amount of data to users. class="infoquote "on the ba...


Bridge McFarland LLP - Solicitors in Grimsby, Hull, Lincoln, Louth, and Market Rasen: Depending on which browser you use a typo can end up with you seeing adverts for other firms if not simply pushing you directly to the wrong site. class="infoquote "The firm ... If you look up https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 621785 bridge-mcf...


Brian Barr Solicitors Ltd Chronic Pain & Fibromyalgia Compensation in Manchester: The firm's branding is reflected in the web address with the official site being simply www.brianbarr.co.uk (www.brianbarr.com does not redirect there). The majority of English and Welsh firms are listed on the site so it's a simple and quick way to check if the firm and it'...


Bell Lax Ltd - Solicitors in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham: The public review system has many flaws, but it's still worth checking out. There were no common themes amongst the few negative reviews. Many of which probably wouldn't interest members of the general public though unless it related to their actual case. class="infoq...


Backhouse Solicitors in Chelmsford, Essex: Are they cherry picking? class="infoquote "extremely professional and always responded to the many queries I had" "extremely diligent and responsive, usually replying to emails within 5 minutes" "Their replies to my queries were both timely and accurate" "The...


ACSL Solicitors Ltd in Liverpool: class="infoquote "We are transparent about our prices – they're all listed here on the website."< div> These sorts of statements are not always placed front and centre, but they are the type of thing to watch for. All of these statements sound great. c...


A City Law Firm Ltd in London: class="infoquote "We can be flexible with our fee structure and will consider different models for different clients."< div> The official site we link to above is www.acitylawfirm.com and www.acitylawfirm.co.uk will redirect you there. If you https: solicitor...


Two Harcourt Buildings Chambers - 2HB Barristers in London: Thankfully the legal industry is modernising and progress is speeding up in some areas. However before we get into that, we should probably share the opening line of this particular chambers' website. 2HB clearly has made no such misleading attempt with that almost s...

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