It is in our interests, as well as yours, that you receive a high quality service. Whilst we try to avoid it, sometimes things go wrong and we need you to tell us about it. It is our policy to investigate all complaints or expressions of dissatisfaction to assist us in the improvement of the service we provide.

If you have been unable to resolve any issues with the person dealing with your matter, or the named person in our original letter to you, if you have not already done so, a complaint can be made by telephone, email, or by letter but we may ask you to send confirmation in writing.

Complaints should be directed to:

Risk and Compliance Team
Nelsons Solicitors Limited
Pennine House
8 Stanford Street
Nottingham
NG1 7BQ
Tel: 0115 989 5352
Email: riskandcomplianceteam@nelsonslaw.co.uk

Responding to your complaint

On receipt of your complaint, an acknowledgement letter will ordinarily be issued within five business days. This letter will include the following information:

  1. The name of the person investigating the complaint.
  2. If appropriate, confirmation of our understanding of the nature of your complaint and a statement that you should contact us if you disagree with this. 

Investigation of complaints

We will promptly and thoroughly investigate all complaints. The investigation will usually be carried out by a suitably qualified partner, but always by someone other than the person against whom your complaint is made.

The timescales we hope to achieve are as follows:

  1. Within four weeks of receiving your complaint we will either:
    a. Send you our final response after completing our investigation; or
    b. Send you a holding letter explaining why we are not in a position to resolve your complaint and advising when we will make further contact.
  2. By the end of eight weeks after we have received your complaint we will either:
    a. Send you our final response after completing our investigation; or
    b. Send you a response which explains why we are still not in a position to provide our final response and informing you of your other remedies at that stage.
  1. On concluding our investigation, we will produce a written report which will explain:
    a. The outcome of our investigation; and
    b. The nature and terms of any offer of compensation; or
    c. Reasons for not making an offer.
    d. Any further remedies which may be available to you

We shall assume that the complaint is resolved if we have not heard from you within two weeks of our response.

Complaints referred to us by others

If your complaint has been referred to us by another firm we will deal with it in line with the above procedures. The complaint will be dealt with as if received on the date that the referral was received.

If we are satisfied that another firm may be solely responsible for the fault alleged in your complaint, we will refer your complaint to that other firm. This will be done in writing within five working days of the date on which we become satisfied that such other firm may be responsible for the subject matter of your complaint. We will advise you in writing of the action we have taken.

If we believe that another firm may be jointly responsible for the fault alleged in your complaint, we will refer your complaint to that other firm. This will be done in writing within five working days of the date on which we are satisfied that such other firm may be jointly responsible. At this time, we will inform you of the action we have taken.

If you are not satisfied – financial product sold or consumer credit event occurred before 1 December 2001

If we have been unable to settle your complaint using our internal complaints procedure, and the service was provided prior to 1 December 2001, you have a right to complain to the Legal Ombudsman, an independent complaints body, established under the Legal Services Act 2007, who deals with legal services complaints.

You have six months from the date of our final communication in which to complain to the Legal Ombudsman. You can do so by post, email or telephone as follows:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk 

The Legal Ombudsman does not have power to deal with some types of client – further information is obtainable on their website, which can be found here.

Alternative complaints bodies (such as Ombudsman Services, Pro-Mediate and Small Claims Mediation) exist, which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and Nelsons wish to use such an alternative scheme.

Nelsons do not agree to use any of these or similar schemes.

If you are not satisfied – product sold or consumer credit event occurred on or after 1 December 2001

You may refer to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

There are time limits for the referral of complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service. After these time limits have expired, we can choose to object to the Ombudsman looking at the complaint on the grounds that it is “time-barred”.

Generally, these time limits are:

  1. Six months from the business sending the consumer a final response (which has to mention the six-month time limit); and
  2. Six years from the event the you are complaining about (or, if later, three years from when you knew, or could reasonably have known, you had cause to complain).

If you are not satisfied with our explanation, you can refer to the Financial Ombudsman Service:

Financial Ombudsman Service
South Quay Plaza
183 Marsh Wall
London
E14 9SR
Tel: 0300 123 9 123 or 0800 023 4567
Email: complaint.info@financial-ombudsman.org.uk

Guidance on this procedure can be found on the Financial Ombudsman Service website, which can be found here.