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Client Complaints Procedure

This is our Client Complaints Procedure which we will follow if you are a client of Walker Morris LLP. If you are a customer of one of our lender clients please follow the link to our Customer Complaints Procedure.

At Walker Morris we are committed to providing a high quality service to all our clients. When something goes wrong, we need you to tell us about it. This will help us to improve our standards and ensure that you are getting the service you deserve.

If you are dissatisfied with the level of service you have received, we need you to write to us so that we can find a solution to your problem. You should send details of your complaint to the Head of Professional Compliance at Walker Morris LLP, 33 Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4DL.

What will happen once we receive your written complaint?

We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within seven days of us receiving your complaint. If necessary, we will ask you to provide us with further details/information. We will also let you know who will be handling the matter. (Please note that in many cases the complaint will be dealt with, in the first instance, by the Head of the relevant Department or Group).

We will start to investigate your complaint. This will normally involve us reviewing the matter file and speaking with the legal adviser(s)/partner(s) who acted on your behalf.

Following our investigation, we will send you a detailed response within 28 days from the date of your original complaint or, where we have asked you for further information, within 14 days of our receiving that information from you. Our final response will state the outcome of our investigation. If we require more time to investigate the matter, we will notify you and confirm when we will contact you next.

In cases where the initial investigation has been handled by the Head of the relevant Department or Group, if you are not satisfied by our detailed response, we will refer the matter to our Head of Professional Compliance to review the decision. We will write to you within seven days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons.

If you are still not satisfied at the end of our own complaints process, you are entitled to contact the Legal Ombudsman. You should do this within six months of receiving our final written decision on your complaint. The address to contact is:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Wolverhampton
WV1 9WJ

Website: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk

Telephone: 0300 555 0333

Alternative complaints bodies (such as Pro Mediate UK Limited, website address: www.promediate.co.uk) exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and we agree. However, we do not agree to use such a scheme.

EU Regulations require us to provide the link to the European Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Platform. This, together with further information, may be found at http://ec.europa.eu/odr.

If we have to change any of the timescales above, we will let you know and explain why.

Walker Morris LLP is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. If the complaint relates exclusively to our SRA regulated work then you should check whether the Solicitors Regulation Authority will consider your complaint further. The relevant contact details will be set out in our final response letter but appear again below:

Solicitors Regulation Authority
The Cube
19 Wharfside Street
Birmingham
B1 1RN

Website: www.sra.org.uk

Email: reports@sra.org.uk

Telephone: 03706 062 555

Any feedback which enables us to improve our services is very welcome.