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Complaints 

If a client has a complaint about our service or a bill that we have rendered on or both, please contact us with the details.

The person to contact is Shella Makwana and she can be reached at:

Makwana Solicitors

Devonshire House

582 Honeypot Lane

Stanmore

Middlesex HA7 1JS

Tel: 0208 732 5458

Fax: 0208 732 5459

Email:shella@makwanas.co.uk

What will happen next?

We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within 5 workings days of us receiving the complaint, enclosing a copy of this procedure.

  • We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to Shella Makwana who will review your file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you.
  • Shella Makwana will then invite you to a meeting to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. This will be done within 7 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
  • Within 5 working days of the meeting, Shella Makwana will write to you to confirm the discussion that took place and any solutions she has agreed with you.
  • If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, Shella Makwana will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including her suggestions for resolving the matter, within 14 working days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.
  • At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for Christoleen Selvarajah of Chris Raja Solicitors who is unconnected with this matters to carry out a review
  • We will write to you within 7 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.
  • If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.
  • If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman at, PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, Tel: 0300 555 0333 or 0121 245 3050, Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

There are time limits within which complaints must be made to the Legal Ombudsman, as indicated below.

Generally speaking, your complaint should be made to the Ombudsman no later than 12 months from when the problem occurred or from when you should reasonably have become aware of the problem.

Additionally, you should make your complaint to the Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final response from us following the complaint that you have made to us.

Normally, your complaint needs to fall inside both rules if the Ombudsman is going to investigate it.

You also need to be aware that the Ombudsman only deals with complaints from the following:

  • an enterprise which, at the time that the complaint is made, is a micro-enterprise within the meaning of arts.1, 2(1) and (3) of the Annex to Commission Recommendation 2003/361/EC, as that Recommendation had effect at the date it was adopted;
  • a charity with an annual income net of tax of less than £1 million at the time at which the complainant refers the complaint to the respondent;
  • a club, association or organisation, the affairs of which are managed by its members or a committee or committees of its members, with an annual income net of tax of less than £1 million at the time at which the complainant refers the complaint to the respondent;
  • a trustee of a trust with an asset value of less than £1 million at the time at which the complainant refers the complaint to the respondent;
  • a personal representative of an estate of a person; or
  • a beneficiary of an estate of a person.

 

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