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 only negative comments we saw related to the length of time a house sale took. Normally we also praise The Law Society of England & Wales for their incredibly useful website (which is definitely is) but they seem to have dropped the ball a bit when it came to Young...


ULA Solicitors Ltd - Law Firm in London: The most important figure we think people should focus on is not how old the brand name is, but the number of years experience the actual solicitor that will be handling your case has. For example, the biggest scam going around the UK just now is when fraudsters email client...


Trust Inheritance Ltd Wills, Probate & Estate Planning in Weston-Super-Mare: For example Gillian Grinyer having qualified in 1980, Ekta Porter qualifying in 2010, right up to incredibly newbie Abraam Azir qualifying in 2021. You can turn to the third party review forums. Obviously we sound very pro-this-company and this could come across as bias...


Trojan Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London: This firm does list customer testimonials on their website: class="infoquote "first class service, excellent interpersonal skills, highly analytical" "They always advised me of the perfect route" "thorough professionalism throughout our case so far"< div> ...


The Legal Practice Ltd - Solicitors in Rickmansworth & Wembley Park, Greater London: Indeed at the time of writing this, The Legal Practice's website opens with: class="infoquote "Over 50 Years of Legal Experience. class="infoquote "Whether you are an individual, small business or a more established firm, our approach is to work with you to prov...


The Injury Solicitor Ltd - Road Accident Claims in Salford, Manchester: If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 2505 the-injury-solicitor-ltd" check the page for a firm< a> you'll be presented with contact details, addresses, alternate trading names, and links to check the individual details of staff at the office. But several thin...


Taylor Price Legal Ltd - Solicitors in Leeds & Levenshulme (Manchester): We've seen that more times than should be expected.) Certainly there is a lot of praise and accompanying acronyms being thrown around their staff too. A quick note on navigation then with that point in mind. knowing all the loopholes). It's not as if there is an...


Swain & Co Solicitors Ltd in Southampton, Liverpool & Havant: Our last article was about a firm that used different trading names from the same office address. The above are snippets from the firm's own testimonial page. Whilst most scams at the moment https: www.thetimes.co.uk static connected-families conveyancing-email-scam-hacker...


Stenfield Ltd Solicitors in Norwich & Harrow on the Hill, London: class="infoquote "83% of new clients are recommended to us through word of mouth"< div> A quick note on navigation because although we link to the official site above as www.stenfield.com, there is a completely different firm using the www.stenfield.co.uk domain. ...


Simons Rodkin Solicitors LLP in London, Finchley & Hatfield: class="infoquote "Our fees are reasonable and competitive ... Has it transferred into happy clients? class="infoquote "It was a very difficult time for me and I felt that they fought tooth and nail" "warmest thanks to Simon Aaron who got me through a success...


Springle & Co Solicitors Estate Planning Wills & Probate in North Shields, Tyne and Wear: I'd received very short term advice which would have been great had I died within five years. This can cause huge issues for those left behind who are already dealing with the death itself. For example, Claire Springle qualified as a solicitor in 2001 so that's at least two...


Simper Law Ltd - Solicitors in Norwich & Great Yarmouth: Which makes it far more believable that a self-proclaimed "small firm" can have a decent level of expertise and experience in all of them. We've also seen several negative ratings by people who were angry that a firm refused to take their case on - which seems really unfai...


The Search Bureau from Premier Searches Ltd - UK Conveyancing Search Provider: So sadly there isn't a lot of independent comments floating around on the third party forums such as Google, Yelp, Yell, Trustpilot, etc. class="infoquote "We are a well established market leader in England & Wales dedicated to offering our clients the best solutions...


Robin Somerville Direct Access Barrister & Mediator in Barnet, Greater London: For example a solicitor consulting with a barrister on your issue to improve it's chances pf success is a very different thing. (Except for when it comes to conveyancing matters where people are always looking for a place to vent about delays.) Of course, there are plenty of...


Reynolds Macdonald Solicitors in Hackney: Reynolds Macdonald are registered with The Law Society of England & Wales which is great because they have the most useful and info-packed user side database we know of. But keep in mind that a good lawyer that gets you 5000 compensation and takes 25% of it is better than...


Richmond Legal Ltd Solicitors in Middleton, Manchester: Don't expect this to change very quickly though. Every single legal professional will state they provide expert legal advice . That's because not all Immigration firms deal with clients the same. For example, when we added the word 'reviews' to some of the search phra...


Reid Black Solicitors Ltd in Belfast, Antrim & Ballyclare: As the firm deals with property matters, it is therefore hugely important that you pay close attention to the website you are on and the types of emails you receive. Whilst not actually based in England Wales, Reid Black will inevitably deal with a lot of other l...


RD Costings Ltd - Criminal Injury Claims based in Portishead: www.rdcosting.co.uk) also were not currently in use at the time of writing. At the moment the bulk of fraud is aimed at property law firms. Sadly, thousands of people are handing over their bank details https: www.telegraph.co.uk money katie-investigates has-68k-house-depo...


Pump Court Chambers Direct Access Barristers in London, Swindon & Winchester: secretaries and other support staff."< div> That brief but good description found https: en.wikipedia.org wiki Barristers_in_England_and_Wales" on Wikipedia< a> indicates that, much more than with a solicitor, you are working with an individual barrister within a gro...


Penerley Commercial Lawyers in Islington, London: Their site is https secure for submitting your personal details on their contact form. You don't actually have to be a qualified solicitor to sell someone some employee contract templates or provide advice on setting up your small business. The quote above is f...


Pacific Law Estate Planning Solicitors in Manchester: Even one extra Saturday a month is actually more rare than you think, so give a firm credit for that if it's available. In fact there seems to be a very clear split in the industry, with one section of legal practices boasting about ancient founding dates back in the 1800s a...


OTS Solicitors Ltd Immigration & Family Law in London, UK: There are many areas of law where people automatically seem to be drawn to specialist firms such as for Criminal Defence, Divorce, Motor Offences and Immigration. Not so with OTS, who have a wide range of experienced staff such as Basil Gulbenkian (qualified in 1965), Ve...


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. For example, the creation of 'no win, no fee' arrangements for litigation matters such as personal injury, medical neg...


NV Legal Ltd Personal Injury Solicitors in Watford: The official website we link to above is www.nvlegal.co.uk with www.nvlegal.com currently being owned by someone else. The information they provide just regular users is quite extensive in comparison including alternative trading names used by a firm, extra contact details, ...


My Law Matters from Fentimans - Solicitors in Wolverhampton, Manchester, Solihull & Waltham Cross: A good place to get information on this is actually a firm's local law society. This can be to highlight a particular case type as a specialty or simply to create a more national branding if their original name is something very local. Sadly thousands of people https: ww...


Milners Law LLP Solicitors in Leeds, Harrogate & Pontefract: They have three offices in Leeds, Harrogate, and Pontefract. We did see a few negative ratings but the comments were not particularly helpful as to why such a rating had been left. For example, it looked like one was by a law student who got turned down for a job. People are...


Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors in Bargoed & Tredomen, Wales: There are also https: www.theguardian.com money 2021 jan 02 homebuyers-scams-stamp-duty-holiday-" many scams right now involving house deposits< a>. One of the best resources for estimating the experience levels of the actual solicitors at a firm is their local law ...


MGBe Legal Immigration Lawyers in London: The list official recommendations for using MGBe Legal are therefore quite high. So it may be an idea to bookmark the site . For some areas of law though, people really do want a specialist firm . It's just that whilst people are quite willing to post about how bad or wel...


Mckie Legal Solicitors in Penrith & St Helens (ConnectMeToaLawyer Ltd): Knowing the correct name for a firm is also useful when background checking about them as that will be the name registered with organisations and government agencies. We couldn't find any public reviews on McKie Legal at the time of writing this. We cover the reaso...


McEwan Fraser Legal Property Conveyancing in Edinburgh, Aberdeen & Inverness: You would think these days that even 'stuffy', 'living-in-the-past', 'antiquated' (three words we've seen used numerous times by reviewers on the matter) people like solicitors could get their heads around the idea that even one extra Saturday morning open every second week ...


Mason Bullock CCJ & Employment Solicitors in Coventry: But www.mason&bullock.co.uk can't exist because you're not allowed ampersands in web addresses. Scammers are getting millions from people every year by pretending to be the person's solicitor. class="infoquote "most of our cases can be dealt with successfully via pho...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd: The site is https so should be secure for entering your personal information into their contact forms. I really loved working with people there, they are truly professionals." "transparent in regards to how much time it would take and what the price would be" ...


Lindsays Solicitors Offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dundee: A couple of years ago we ran a poll and (as we actually expected from our own experience) the huge majority of people didn't trust testimonials on company websites. Why people fall so easy for this we'll try and put together an article on later. Hopefully we've given...


Levins Solicitors in Huyton, Liverpool: If you read the actual comments for a firm rather than just checking star ratings, you can usually tell the people with a genuine complaint versus those that just wanted things to have gone a bit quicker. Exactly what most people would like to have in a firm handling ...


Lefevres Law Firm - Litigation Solicitors in Edinburgh, Glasgow & Aberdeen: If you've already been through a dozen or so other legal company websites today looking for a good fit for you and your case - that's something you may have noticed quite quickly. (Yes, it's THAT bad.) So if you see a firm saying they handle cases under Legal Aid - that can ...

David Stinson & Co Personal Injury Solicitors in Aylesford, Kent: Often you will be asked to sign an 'After The Event' insurance document which insures the against losing. We have discovered recently though that many potential clients also enjoy case studies and find them useful in getting a better feel for the law firm in question. 9 ti...


KRS Estate Planning Ltd - Will & Probate Advice in Leicester: There's obviously a massive range of variants people could attempt such as www.krs.co.uk or www.krsestateplanning.co.uk so we would recommend bookmarking the site just to be sure. where the majority are all like this and very positive . As you would expect, all testimonia...


Khan Law - Raees Khan Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: However we believe that should never be a dealbreaker. For all we know their award could be for best logo design or for having the nicest waiting room chairs. The majority of people would imagine there's a significant difference between a Motor Offence specialist and a gen...


JPS Walker Solicitors Ltd in Manchester: We aim to maintain our traditional values whilst offering an effective and first class no win no fee service."< div> Again these statements from the JPS Walker website are types which practically every firm will make. Some go really overboard trying to claim ancient fou...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: It's not as though any would say the opposite either. The largest property firm in England Wales currently has a rating of just under 3 stars on Google with over 1,000 reviews. If you are looking for help with a property matter, this sort of online care is even more imp...


Howe + Co Solicitors in Brentford, London: All that put together clearly makes them a very established firm and it's hard to deny them the use of the word 'leading' with all that in mind. If you've been searching for a law firm for a while already today, you'll have seen the majority have very similar sounding sale...


HooperHyde Business Law Solicitors in Solihull: The official site we link to above is www.hooperhyde.com with www.hooperhyde.co.uk not currently redirecting you there. But it can sometimes be difficult to get the information due to many firms using trading names. There are national, county, city, and even case specific so...


Hawkridge & Company - Hawk Law Solicitors in Gillingham, Medway: Because we spotted a few negative comments that were followed by Hawkridge & Co stating that person was not a client of theirs. class="infoquote "With highly trained experts on hand to advise on your particular case, you will always receive a fully informed, clear and...


Fulton's Solicitors & Estate Agents in Clarkston & Mount Florida, Glasgow: They then tell the buyer that the house deposit needs to be paid into a different bank account. Many commenters provide helpful insights into what was good about the company such as feeling kept up to date or about friendly staff. The biggest conveyancer in the UK which we r...


Frazer Coogans Ltd - Solicitors in Ayr, Prestwick & Glasgow: Freindly [sic] and reliable service" "had quite a long and protracted property purchase due to issues outside of Frazer Coogans control, but they didn't loose interest and kept us updated at every step"< div> The third party boards also have a considerable number...


Fieldfisher LLP Personal Injury Solicitors in Manchester & London: As there are no extra generic terms such as 'fieldfisher law' or 'fieldfisher legal' to cause confusion, and with most people being able to get the i and the e in the correct order (as the defunct i before e rule only impedes words with a c in them) - we don't expect there ...


Fair Result Ltd Divorce Settlement Mediation Services in Leicester: Not every legal matter requires a full-on solicitor. 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 members. For example ma...


Education Law Service Ltd - Special Educational Needs Lawyer in London: When it comes to most areas of law there are usually some general practice firms that cover it, some specialists, some barristers, and sometimes even non-law firms that can help you with the problem at a much reduced fee . and in phone contact throughout"< div> If you ...


Dylan Nair Solicitors Ltd in Preston, Lancashire: So when Dylan Nair make a public statement on their site like this, it's not something to be glossed over . As you can see from the snippets above, they're largely quite positive . That's a decent offer by comparison. Working within the legal industry we think it should pr...


DV Solicitors (Deo Volente Legal LLP) Law Firm in Bedford & Luton: We didn't just add them because of some positive reviews and the fact they handle cases in Pakistan. class="infoquote "People rely on us, and we pride ourselves on our client-centered advocacy and representation."< div> The firm does have the usual testimonial p...


DFA Law LLP Solicitors in Northampton: If you've been through quite a few solicitor's websites already you'll have noticed that their Blog News section is usually just half a dozen extra sales-pitch articles. DFA Law on the other hand has both a long establishment date and well-experienced staff on board: ...


Cooks Solicitors in Newcastle under Lyme & Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire: People to scammers simply because they received an email pretending to be their solicitor to say the payment details had changed. Such as the firm that claime...


CEL Solicitors in Liverpool - Housing Disrepair, Knotweed, & Data Breach Claims: 'we are a large firm that really doesn't feel welcoming at all'. We use technology to be as green as possible"< div> There were other things we liked about the company such as the statement above. A quick note on navigation. Quite often negative ratings are left...


Catteralls Solicitors in Wakefield: Thousands of people have lost millions of pounds to these fraudsters. But the reason we point out how easy it is to get mixed up is because this firm deal with Property Conveyancing matters https: www.lawgazette.co.uk news police-warn-solicitors-about-phishing-scam 51...


QualitySolicitors Burton & Co in Lincoln & Sleaford: All of which seems grossly unfair. Each Saturday we offer a drop in service where you can come in and meet our legal experts and learn more about our services."< div> A quick note on navigation. The easiest comparison we can give is that 'Qualitysolicitors' is sort of a...


Branch Austin LLP Solicitors in Mayfair, London: On this occasion the firm we're talking about doesn't list any testimonials on their own website. No, really. But if a firm claims to handle a wide range of case types and then has individual solicitors handling each specific type of case - then claiming to be 'speciali...


BLZ Solicitors NIHL, PPI & Immigration Lawyers in Stockport: On https: blzsolicitors.co.uk meet-the-team " the BLZ staff page< a> it initially looks as though they are doing the same. If you've seen a firm with dozens of solicitors, some with over twenty years experience, across a wide range of case types - will they handle your ca...


Bilkus and Boyle Solicitors & Estate Agents in Glasgow: A quick note on navigation. This could be a national one, county based, or city wide for larger population cities. So when we say B&B have a very positive rating, that's actually quite an accomplishment for a firm dealing with property matters. By that we mean they h...


Bell Lax Ltd - Solicitors in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham: This can be very confusing, but 9 times out of 10 the firm is well within it's rights to use the word. Luckily (again) you can use the Law Society website to look up whether the solicitor you've been chatting to does actually focus on your type of case. It all depends on the...


Beers LLP - Solicitors in Kingsbridge & Plymouth, Devon: However, we ran a poll last year and only 8% of you responded that you trust company provided testimonials. But you can always end up with a 1-year-qualified lawyer from the 200-year-old firm in the same way you could be provided a 40-year-guru lawyer from a 1-year-old legal...

DisrepairClaim.co.uk - Housing Disrepair Claims Company based in Brighouse, West Yorkshire: Obviously the official site we link to above is www.disrepairclaim.co.uk but neither www.disrepairclaim.com or www.disrepairclaims.co.uk .com redirect you there. for damaged belongings, such as clothes and electrical equipment ... There are plenty of things we might change a...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services in Whitley Bay, Newcastle: At the moment, most fraudsters are doing their best to https: www.todaysconveyancer.co.uk main-news newlyweds-duped-into-handing-over-45000-house-deposit-to-fake-solicitor-account-after-scam-email " target people selling or buying a house< a> as the money scammed is clear...


Argue & Co Legal - Allan Argue Personal Injury Solicitor in Glasgow: the person they spoke to simply seemed more interested in their case. Even zero reviews is not a bad sign. The second part of that snippet though is only possible if the firm has enough expertise and experience to make sure the case runs efficiently. That leads us to an...


APS Legal & Associates Ltd - Will Advisors and Assured Probate Services: As far as we're aware their aren't a lot of scams going where people try to get you to write a will leaving everything to a nigerian prince. It states each of their associates is qualified to give advice, attends regular seminars, carries appropriate insurance cover, has bee...


Antony Hodari Solicitors Housing Disrepair Specialists in Manchester: Something you'd want in any company really. Antony Hodari Solicitors are a very niche firm covering just one specific case type within the area of litigation - housing disrepair. Over the past few years alone https: www.theguardian.com money 2020 feb 29 bank-scam-solicit...


Aconveyancing Ltd in Tamworth & Shirley (Solihull): They cover a good range of matters including Right to Buy, New Builds, Shared Ownership, Help to Buy and Part Exchanges. The majority are positive comments, and by some considerable margin too. A quick note on navigation as the firm's branding includes the generic ...


ABS Lawyers Ltd Solicitors in Corby & Maghull, Liverpool: So that could be 17 x solicitors each with 5 years experience. There should therefore be no confusion there, but currently most of the common error typo variations we would expect such as www.abslaw.co.uk, www.abslawyer.co.uk, or www.abssolicitors.co.uk .com are not owne...


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