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): The situation is almost as bad as trying to find and NHS dentist in this country. Please note that you can't have an ampersand (&) in a web address so anything like www.young&co.law will not exist. Sometimes it's as little as having received an official looking email that sa...


Wilford Smith Solicitors in Sheffield (Meadowhall) & Rotherham - WS Strategic Ltd: Or more precisely, their clients have. For example 'wilford smith solicitors sheffield' brings up totally different reviews to 'wilford smith rotherham'. class="infoquote "We excel at delivering exceptional service and creative legal solutions."< div> The first...


Wildcat Law Ltd Solicitors in London & Southampton: You can hire a barrister yourself. 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). So what can? class="infoquote "When reviewing the performance ...


WH Law Ltd - Immigration Solicitors in Woking: But typically the fraudsters targeting law firm clients are only after property matters due to the huge deposits they manage to trick people into paying into the wrong account. We've seen law firms praised for their innovative menu and criminal law specialists rated one star...


ULA Solicitors Ltd - Law Firm in London: This firm https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 607835 ula-solicitors-limited" is registered with< a> The Law Society of England & Wales which is great because they have the best user-side offering we've seen amongst similar organisations across the UK. We speciali...


Trust Inheritance Ltd Wills, Probate & Estate Planning in Weston-Super-Mare: With Wills & Probate though, this idea of specialism goes an extra step further. For example Gillian Grinyer having qualified in 1980, Ekta Porter qualifying in 2010, right up to incredibly newbie Abraam Azir qualifying in 2021. There are dozens out there, but the ...


Trojan Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London: class="infoquote "We have expertise at all levels of immigration."< div> Reading through the firm's website there are several statements like this along with clarifications about how well they are acquainted with the immigration system in the UK. For example, if...


The Legal Practice Ltd - Solicitors in Rickmansworth & Wembley Park, Greater London: But 'the law practice' or 'the lawyer practice' (if you've not remembered quite correctly) bring up different firms and lots of adverts. There is also a huge amount of people that leave negative reviews about the other side's solicitor during a house transaction which seems ...


Stephanie Heijdra - The Lady Barrister & Clerksroom Chambers in London: She also has an LLM in Legal Practice."< div> You'll find that barristers are much more embedded in the legal process which is why their photos are often of them in wigs and robes whilst solicitor websites are more likely stock photos of people in various coloured sh...


Thaxted Legal Ltd Immigration Solicitors in Chislehurst, London: That's always something to watch out for especially with multi-office firms or firms with non-unique names. But the phrase 'no news is good news' has stood the test of time for a reason - i.e. But gut choices don't always have to be without a solid foundation . But Immigrat...


Taylor Price Legal Ltd - Solicitors in Leeds & Levenshulme (Manchester): But that's exactly what happens all too frequently with lawyers. The official site we link to above is www.taylorprice.co.uk but www.taylorprice.com does not redirect you there. Similar looking domains designed to mislead you and other phishing scams are still rampant. We've...


Swain & Co Solicitors Ltd in Southampton, Liverpool & Havant: One reviewer for Swain & Co even ranted about how 'ugly' the staff were and that they should get rid of any mirrors. The article before that was about a firm that has merged four times causing big branding changes each time. class="infoquote "We provide a number of pay...


Summerfield Browne Solicitors in London, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford, Market Harborough & Leicester: For many the term 'Solicitor' still brings up the image of an old building in the centre of town and old men in old dusty wigs. Most of the variants we tried brought up the correct site in the top search results spot but many brought up adverts for other firms. Today'...


Stowe Family Law - Divorce Solicitors in Harrogate, York, Beverley & Other Locations: 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. class="infoquote "Whatever you’re facing as a family, in whatever shape yours is, was, or will be, weâ...


Stenfield Ltd Solicitors in Norwich & Harrow on the Hill, London: We absolutely recommend reading through comments about a firm rather than relying on star ratings. We have niche practices, specialist consultants, barristers, and even non-law-firm related solutions to some problems such as debt or will writing. That was across all companie...


Springle & Co Solicitors Estate Planning Wills & Probate in North Shields, Tyne and Wear: Not the totality of any plan. When comparing any firm there are many resources online to help. Solicitors are a specialist firm like the last two we've covered. I should have gotten better advice though, not cursed the fact I hadn't died in time. We have written on a wide ra...


Smith and Graham Solicitors in Hartlepool, Peterlee and Middlesbrough: Don't just flick through average ratings. But hopefully from the examples and resources quoted in the article below, you'll see why they have been added to our network. The first is the expertise of the staff, and more importantly - their experience. People have ended up h...


Simper Law Ltd - Solicitors in Norwich & Great Yarmouth: Tech companies, restaurants, social media providers, and so on are always on the look out for the next new thing. Simpler Law https: find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk company 09950480" became a Limited firm< a> in 2016 which makes it sound almost a b...


Reynolds Macdonald Solicitors in Hackney: The former will bring up the correct firm during related searches no problem. . There are various ways to have the case paid for , but as far as we're concerned no injury claim firm should even take any money from a client up front, during the case, or if the case loses. ...


Richmond Legal Ltd Solicitors in Middleton, Manchester: Obviously with such huge amounts of money being passed around, fraudsters are finding great success in convincing people to send the money to them instead. So when you see a law firm with only a handful or even zero reviews, just bear that in mind and don't take it as a neg...


Rose Fendlen Law - Solicitors in Wigan (Formerly LRose Law): Most people that end up on our site have usually already scrolled through a dozen or so law firm sites before getting here. The main reason they haven't managed to pick a legal help provider already is often an inability to tell each of them apart . Personal Injury ... Make...


Pacific Law Estate Planning Solicitors in Manchester: This is because whilst people are very happy to jump online and give praise about their new toaster - they are less likely to rush to a public forum to discuss how their recent divorce, will writing, criminal defence, or bankruptcy went. Our technology takes care of the stuf...


OneLaw Chambers - Solicitors, Barristers & Advocates in London: Prior to this, if you needed a barrister to represent you in an actual court you would need to hire a solicitor who would then hire one on your behalf. There are law societies based on the city, county, and country level. Łmillions have been lost. class="infoquote "ONE...


My Law Matters from Fentimans - Solicitors in Wolverhampton, Manchester, Solihull & Waltham Cross: That's probably why only 8% of you voted last year that you took company website testimonials into consideration when evaluating a service provider. the other side's client left negative comments after a case) - you should also be wary of review boards when it comes to any...


MJV & Co Solicitors Ltd - Law Firm in Thornton-Cleveleys, Blackpool: The branding is mostly 'MJV Solicitors' but the official site is www.mjvlaw.co.uk not www.mjvsolicitors.co.uk (which currently has no site on it). But it should be noted that some firms use less than clear language for such statements. So how can you check this? class...


Milners Law LLP Solicitors in Leeds, Harrogate & Pontefract: That's great because that is who https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 393193 milners" this firm is listed with< a>. We just mean that when people think of a high-street, local solicitor firm - Milner's is exactly the type of setup they imagine . They have lawyers o...


Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors in Bargoed & Tredomen, Wales: It's a good idea to read comments when it comes to legal service providers as well rather than just checking star ratings. We've seen bad ratings for firms that had to close over the Covid pandemic. Here at 1to1Legal we've been reviewing legal companies for over t...


Mckie Legal Solicitors in Penrith & St Helens (ConnectMeToaLawyer Ltd): However the concept of the local solicitors office has become something of an almost quaint, nostalgic notion these days when Amazon will bring you any item in the world within 24 hrs of you ordering it (usually whilst sat on the toilet). This is usually marked very clearly...


Mackenzie Jones Solicitors in St Asaph, Menai Bridge & Chester: For many years now https: monzo.com blog we-sent-our-house-deposit-to-a-fraudster-who-posed-as-our-lawyer" the property industry has been the target< a> of massive amounts of fraud due to the huge amounts of money being passed around in deposits mortgages. If you're...


LS Legal Solicitors Ltd: This isn't as much of a problem on this occasion due to the case range covered by the firm. But we were impressed by the fact that as they've grown they seem to have limited that growth only to areas of law where they could provide similar focused expertise. So always ma...


Lefevres Law Firm - Litigation Solicitors in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen: That can make them sound a little more formal: class="infoquote "the best possible service is given and best possible result is achieved for the clients" "they have a fantastic ability to handle high value, complex claims" "one of the most thoroughly professi...


KRS Estate Planning Ltd - Will & Probate Advice in Leicester: But what do prior clients think of the firm? class="infoquote "friendly, efficient and well informed" "explained everything and more as I asked a lot of questions" "Great advice and service from Kam"< div> Those snippets are from testimonials posted on t...


Khan Law - Raees Khan Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: We've always praised The Law Society of England & Wales for having a hugely informative and useful website - and that's a hard thing to do being a Scottish firm ourselves. That's because we've seen law firms with five star reviews for their dog-friendly restaurant and othe...


JPS Walker Solicitors Ltd in Manchester: It's really very common. One of the best resources we always recommend people use when researching law offices and solicitors is any available local law society website. The difference is that a solicitor may take a cut of your compensation under a no win, no fee guara...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: Which also means having worked with thousands of professionals within that industry during that time. class="infoquote "Wherever we are, we operate in accordance with our ethical business principles of quality, unity and integrity." < div> Neatly brings us to note...


HooperHyde Business Law Solicitors in Solihull: At the time of writing we couldn't find any reviews on the regular third party sites. Why is that important? class="infoquote "Lawyers with over 10 years' experience in their field of expertise. It's very common. class="infoquote "HooperHyde is a trading name of ...


Hill House Chambers - Barristers Based in London: The Law Society of England & Wales provides this information on all solicitors which is great. At the moment of writing www.hillhousechambers.com wasn't owned by anyone and other variants such as hillhousebarristers were also available. Biggest things to watch for are emails...


Hawkridge & Company - Hawk Law Solicitors in Gillingham, Medway: This is important to note because over the past few years https: www.moneysavingexpert.com shopping stop-scams " thousands of people have handed over millions of pounds< a> to fraudsters. One thing people do comment on readily though when it comes to legal s...


Guardian Law Ltd - Employment & HR Lawyers in Nottingham: class="infoquote "We have been around since 2006 but recently rebranded from Your HR Lawyer to Guardian Law"< div> A quick note on navigation as branding changes such as this aren't the only thing to pay attention to when clicking back and forth to firms online....


Goldsmith Bowers Debt Recovery & Litigation Solicitors in Bradford: class="infoquote "Our team of industry experts have been brought together to create a client focused business which understands our clients' individual needs"< div> So where can you find out if a lawyer is meeting those client needs? The place people normally j...


Fulton's Solicitors & Estate Agents in Clarkston & Mount Florida, Glasgow: The firm does cover Wills, Probate and Power of Attorney matters as well. So from that it looks like we have two firms with clear experience and establishment in the area coming together which naturally sounds very promising. There are news articles about Fultons ht...


Frazer Coogans Ltd - Solicitors in Ayr, Prestwick & Glasgow: Therefore any firm offering to help under Legal Aid gets a huge stack of brownie points from us. For Personal Injury matters you should never have to pay anything up front or during the case at all. . That's why the majority of law firms that deal with conveyancing and ...


Foster & Coleman Ltd Solicitors in Bromley, Greater London: The official website for this firm is www.fosterandcoleman.com and currently www.fosterandcoleman.co.uk does not redirect you. class="infoquote "Legal advice you can depend on, from people you can trust"< div> A quick note on navigation considering the alternat...


Fair Result Ltd Divorce Settlement Mediation Services in Leicester: With the generic words in the brand name and the hyphenation, there are obviously dozens of other possibilities not to mention common typos with double lettered middles such as using 'fairesult'. Unfortunately Google was being it's usual awkward self because of the generic w...


Dylan Nair Solicitors Ltd in Preston, Lancashire: Of course some firms have started putting their pet's names and favourite foods in profiles. class="infoquote "We take the time to get to know our clients, work in partnership with them and are always striving for the best results."< div> There is a glut of peop...


DV Solicitors (Deo Volente Legal LLP) Law Firm in Bedford & Luton: For motor offence court cases you may be better off with a Direct Access barrister. A good mix of seasoned wisdom alongside new fresh blood. class="infoquote "Deo Volente have been providing personalised, pragmatic services to a diverse portfolio of clients for over 7...


DisrepairClaim.co.uk - Housing Disrepair Claims Company based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire: (No pun intended.) class="infoquote "The compensation you can claim is ... We've also detailed in other articles just how many high street solicitor firms also take a 25% cut of all compensation settlements. 'No win, no fee' and '100% compensation' are two very ...


David Stinson & Co Personal Injury Solicitors in Aylesford, Kent: For a name that's been around for a while, it may appear as though the number of reviews doesn't reflect that. The main issue with typing wrong web addresses directly into the browser bar is that when typos like that occur you can end up being redirected to a https: e...


Cooks Solicitors in Newcastle under Lyme & Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire: Regular variants such as www.cookssolicitors.co.uk or www.cooks-solicitors.com are not owned by the firm which is important to note because of the amount of fraud currently hitting the property law market. class="infoquote "We are a strong believer in explaining thin...


CEL Solicitors in Liverpool - Housing Disrepair, Knotweed, & Data Breach Claims: I missed the PPI deadline but they still got me my money"< div> These are snippets from some of the third party review forums. So to see CEL stating something that turned out to be both true AND not jargon-twisted - is a much bigger deal for us than you might think! ...


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. Catteralls are signed up with The Law Society of England & Wales which is great because they have a fantastic website full of consumer information on firms. If y...


QualitySolicitors Burton & Co in Lincoln & Sleaford: So Yates and Co became QualitySolicitors Yates and Co. We've always said that you can end up with a 1-year-experienced lawyer from a 200-year-old firm the same as you can get a forty-year-experience expert from a 1-year-old firm. www.burtonlaw.co.uk did redirect there ...


Brown & Co Solicitors in Greenwich, London: 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 qualified across the past three decades including David Dunitz (qualified 1988), Ian Sandy (qu...


Bridge McFarland LLP - Solicitors in Grimsby, Hull, Lincoln, Louth, and Market Rasen: class="infoquote "The firm ... It's not worth the risk. . There is also a huge difference between a firm that claims to have 40 years of experience and 40 years of experience 'within the firm' or 40 years of 'combined experience'. The other two mean they've ...

Woodstock Legal Services Ltd - Solicitors Law Practice in Poole: Clearly we ended up with a positive impression of their law practice otherwise we would not have added them to our network. With three words 'woodstock', 'legal' and 'services' there an many variables possible but all we checked such as www.woodstocklegal.co.uk were not ac...


Branch Austin McCormick LLP Solicitors in Mayfair, London: The main reason we dislike such claims is that typically a firm claiming to have hundreds of years history are doing so because they have nothing much else to boast about. There was plenty of other things to like about Branch Austin McCormick which is why they've been...


BLZ Solicitors NIHL, PPI & Immigration Lawyers in Stockport: But on scrolling through the personal background information it quickly turns out to actually be quite relevant . class="infoquote "Should you require expert legal advice please contact BLZ Solicitors for a free initial consultation."< div> We absolutely do our ...


Bilkus and Boyle Solicitors & Estate Agents in Glasgow: However the whole ancient-history-boasting across the legal industry is really just a marketing ploy to make a firm seem as though it has a huge amount of experience which it may not. You may also find that many of the lowest ratings often have nothing to do with the f...


Bell Lax Ltd - Solicitors in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham: class="infoquote "Specialist dispute resolution, accident claim and family law solicitors."< div> Again, no matter what case range a firm may offer you can often see them use the word 'specialist' to describe themselves. The first is merely how long the firm's bra...


Beers LLP - Solicitors in Kingsbridge & Plymouth, Devon: class="infoquote "Established in 1885, and now with offices in Kingsbridge and Plymouth, we have been providing generations of clients with high quality legal advice."< div> We're not a fan of these ancient establishment dates provided by firms as a way to intimat...


Backhouse Solicitors in Chelmsford, Essex: The most common are those https: www.itv.com news calendar 2021-12-16 ripon-man-scammed-out-of-house-deposit-by-fraudsters-posing-as-courier" targeting property buyers and sellers< a> due to the massive amounts possible to be scammed. So the fact Backhouse have only...


Argue & Co Legal - Allan Argue Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: Especially in more personally involved circumstances such as suing an employer or a friend's insurance company after a crash where you were an injured passenger. However it's easy to imagine getting lost in the numbers at a large firm as well. the person they spoke to simp...


Antony Hodari Solicitors Housing Disrepair Specialists in Manchester: But we didn't find out the spark that created Antony Hodari. The bulk of reviews for AntonyHodari were positive and many reflected their claim quoted above about promising to keep people in the loop: class="infoquote "I’m now getting all my repairs done but the ho...


A City Law Firm Ltd in London: They have more information about their setup and what each award means https: www.legal500.com united-kingdom-solicitors " on their website< a>. We've seen a lawyer with a 5 star review for their 'new italian menu' and a 1 star rating for a Criminal Law specialist for ref...

Buchanan & Co Ltd Solicitors in Staveley, Chesterfield, Kiveton Park & Sheffield: The page for Buchanan & Co Solicitors shows solicitors Timothy Barlow as having qualified in 1989 and Julia Gibbons in 2001. So what are the independent forums saying? class="infoquote "Professional staff. People have handed over https: www.lawsociety.org.uk ...


ABS Lawyers Ltd Solicitors in Corby & Maghull, Liverpool: There are other options provided by non-solicitor backed companies, or charities, either independent or goverment set up organisations. For example legal matters such as a wills or debt recovery or bankruptcy don't always result in a solicitor as being your best first p...


Two Harcourt Buildings Chambers - 2HB Barristers in London: Hiring a barrister can absolutely save you time and money compared to going through a solicitor and can cover a wide range of case types. So what sentences should you watch out for to help you choose? class="infoquote "Our diverse and talented set of barrist...


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