In the event of you wishing to make a formal complaint you should contact our complaints director:
Mrs L Pearce, Graeme John Limited, 44 Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taff, CF40 1AL
Tel: 01443 423797
We want to give you the best possible service. However, if at any point you become unhappy or concerned about the service, we have provided then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the problem.
In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues. If you would like to make a formal complaint, then you can contact our complaints director (details above). Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.
What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint
The Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves. They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.
Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first. If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within the set time limits.
TIME LIMITS FOR MAKING COMPLAINTS TO THE LEGAL OMBUDSMAN (LEO)
From the 1st April 2023 the Legal Ombudsman (LEO) have made important changes to the scheme and these are as follows:-
- 1. Time limits for bringing complaints
The time limit for referring a complaint to LEO will be not later than one year from the date
- a. Of the act or omission being complained about or
- b. When the complainant should have realised that there was a cause for complaint.
The LEO will have discretion to accept out of time complaints in circumstances where it deems it “fair and reasonable to do so”.
- 2. Discretion to dismiss or discontinue complaints
The LEO will introduce additional circumstances in which an Ombudsman can dismiss or discontinue a case
- a. If they were satisfied that the complainant has not suffered significant loss, distress, inconvenience or detriment
- b. Where the size or complexity of the complaint, or the behaviour of the complainant, results in the complaint requiring a disproportionate use of resources
- c. Where there has been undue delay in bringing a complaint
- d. Where a service provider has made a reasonable offer to resolve the matter that has been accepted by the complainant before they refer the complaint to LEO.
- 3. Discretion to decline to issue an Ombudsman decision
LEO will have discretion to consider a complaint to have been resolved on the basis of an investigator’s case decision if neither party provides any substantive reasons for disagreeing with that decision.
An Ombudsman my conclude that a final decision is not needed on a case if no substantive issues have been raised in response to the investigators findings or remedy.
LEO expects service providers to honour a recommendation by an Ombudsman that a remedy is payable.
If a service provider fails to do so within a defined period of time, the complainant can request that the case is passed to an Ombudsman for a decision.
If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them.
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9.00 to 17.00.
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ
What to do if you are unhappy with our behaviour
The Solicitors Regulation Authority can help if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.
Visit their website to see how you can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.