Complaints Handling Procedure

Our aim is to provide the highest standards of client care and legal service at all times. We are proud to say that the large majority of our clients are very pleased with the service received and never have cause for complaint. However, we are not complacent and if you feel that we have fallen below those high standards, please let us know and we will seek to resolve any problems as quickly and openly as we can. We review complaints information regularly and address any underlying issues.

What to do if you have a complaint

If you have a concern or complaint, this should be raised initially with the person who has conduct of your case, either verbally or in writing. We hope that we will be able to resolve matters at this early stage. However, if this is not possible, or you would prefer not to raise your concerns with that person, please address your complaint to their team leader, who will discuss your concerns with them and respond to you. In the majority of cases, this is successful in resolving any outstanding issues.

If in the unlikely event the fee earner or their supervisor is unable to adequately address your concerns, or if you feel the matter is too serious to raise with them or their supervisor then in the first instance you could contact our Compliance Officer, Ms Maria Udalova-Surkova, 0161 928 3848 who will be able to assist.

We define a complaint to be an expression of dissatisfaction, which alleges that the complainant has suffered (or may suffer) financial loss, distress, inconvenience or other detriment.

If you wish to make a formal complaint please write to Ms Maria Udalova-Surkova at McHale Legal Limited, 19/21 High St, Altrincham, WA14 1QP or email maria@mchaleandco.co.uk who will be able to assist.

If you are not or were not our client then we may be unable, for reasons of client confidentiality, to write to you unless we have the client’s written consent for you to present their complaint and correspond with you.

We will not charge you for investigating your complaint or corresponding with you.

What will happen next?

We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within three working days of receiving the complaint. Maria Udalova-Surkova will investigate your complaint. She will review your matter file and speak to the member of staff who acted for you. Maria will provide you with a detailed response, including any suggestions for resolving the matter where appropriate, within twenty eight days. If more than twenty eight days are required, for example where complex issues are raised, then you will be informed of the reason for the delay and a timeframe agreed.

At this stage if there are still outstanding issues or you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for Andrew McHale, Managing Partner to review the decision. We will write to you within 28 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position to you on your complaint and explaining our reasons.

If you are not satisfied with our response

If you are not satisfied with our response you can contact the Legal Ombudsman at PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton WV1 9WJ: Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint. You may contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or at enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.