Finding the Right Help in the UK

It's a daunting task often to have to approach anyone about personal matters such as many legal issues tend to be about. So trying to gauge the best firms using the usual tactics such as word of mouth or online reviews is even more of a challenge. To help better understand how to research UK law firms and the information/reviews available to people on the web we've created a range of editorial articles related to many firms. Large or small, specialist or general:

Hawkridge & Co Solicitors: It's definitely something to keep in mind whenever you're checking for reviews about any firm that handles property matters. One thing people do comment on readily though when it comes to legal services - is property matters. It could have been for logo design, which...


Pacific Law: When reviews do start popping up though (and even in your searches of any company really) you need to take the time to read through comments. This new offering is a specialist Estate Planning service including Wills and Probably matters. But these days we would say th...


ABS Lawyers Ltd: There should therefore be no confusion there, but currently most of the common error typo variations we would expect such as www.abslaw.co.uk, www.abslawyer.co.uk, or www.abssolicitors.co.uk .com are not owned by anyone. class="infoquote "We are also able to deal ...


Stenfield Solicitors Ltd: class="infoquote "Our key objective is to provide solid, reliable and cost effective legal advice delivered in an efficient and friendly manner."< div> Every firm makes a claim like this quote from the firm's website. Luckily Stenfield are members of The Law Socie...


Khan Law Glasgow: That's because we've seen law firms with five star reviews for their dog-friendly restaurant and others being criticised for simply being a law firm. Some review forums had zero negative comments included. For some difficult cases or claims against the government (e....

Deo Volente Legal: They have a range of articles clearly meant to help out people with the basics. However these ancient establishment date claims are mostly just marketing. A good mix of seasoned wisdom alongside new fresh blood. The Law Society of England & Wales is a simply excellen...


Suhail Ahmad at Richmond Legal: class="infoquote "Providing expert legal advice and representation for Personal injury, Immigration, Professional Discipline and litigation matters."< div> If you've already flicked through a dozen other law firm's websites today in your search for representation,...


Trust Inheritance Limited: "Estate Planning" firms on the other hand do much more. We don't just add anyone. But after checking up on the credentials of a firm and looking up whether the 'award-winning service' they tout has actually won some real awards (rather than just being stated hoping you won'...


Bilkus and Boyle: we are proud to serve the community and clients all over Scotland, UK and abroad"< div> These days there are dozens of review forums online such as Google Reviews, Yelp, Trustpilot, Yell, etc. As a Scottish business ourselves, we hope our national Law Society can ...


Catteralls in Wakefield: Sometimes over something as simple as receiving some official-looking emails stating they should pay their huge house deposit into a different bank account. The most common errors of www.catterall.co.uk, www.catterallsolicitors.co.uk, and to a lesser extent the dot coms as w...


Penerley Solicitors: We've been trying to find some of these specialists to add to our network and seeking those that seem to have a better grip on what type of legal professional today's modern business-person is after. (We once had a negative comment because we helped lawyers and the person ...


Conveyancing Search Providers: That's not the sole basis for us promoting The Search Bureau across our network (check the https: www.searchbureau.co.uk community" page on their charity work< a>). Also most of the fraud involved in conveyancing transactions tend to focus on actual buyer seller clients o...


Special Education Needs Lawyer: But if you make sure to have the 'Ltd' part at the end of the name when searching, you should get the correct firm to pop up. and in phone contact throughout"< div> If you typically like a bit more before parting with any cash though, luckily there is a growing trend a...

Pump Court Chambers Barristers: There are dozens of types of cases where this is applicable and for most of them it will certainly be more time and cost efficient to use a Direct Access barrister whom you've chosen to work with yourself rather than hiring a solicitor to pick one for you. secretaries and ...


Mason Bullock Solicitors: But www.mason&bullock.co.uk can't exist because you're not allowed ampersands in web addresses. So highly are they publicly praised, they've felt comfortable enough to link their testimonials section to their TrustPilot reviews page instead. The situation was at least slig...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services: You can always hang up and ring back on the phone number you know is correct to ask about it. Their website is https secure though for entering your person details in the contact form. For example you don't always need a lawyer to deal with your Tax HMRC problem. Is t...


OTS Immigration Solicitors: We once saw someone leave a negative review for a Criminal Law specialist for refusing to listen to them about their Divorce case. Most people know how to spot fake reviews, but the main thing to remember is to actually read comments - don't just glance at star ratings. Ei...


Reid and Black Solicitors: Whilst not actually based in England Wales, Reid Black will inevitably deal with a lot of other law firms, insurers and businesses in that area. It should be mentioned that Reid Black have moved away from the usual Testimonials page on their own site and actually ...


Howe and Co Solicitors: class="infoquote "Extremely professional, focused and experienced solicitor" "we're grateful, you are our life saver" "reception are always calm & on hand to help" "go above and beyond to ensure they provide professional service"< div> The majorit...


Robin Somerville Barrister: For any law office, a lack of public reviews should never be taken as a bad sign . Whether a general commercial law issue, shareholder dispute, insolvency, employment disagreement, or a regulatory disciplinary matter. Reviews of law firms are therefore always going to b...


Levins Solicitors: At a 1-year-old firm you could get a solicitor with over 40-years of experience under their belt. If you've read some of our other articles though, you'll hopefully know that such being the case doesn't always result in a wholly favourable review piece. Their website i...


Aconveyancing Ltd: class="infoquote "We’re transparent about timescales, keeping you updated if any complications arise. class="infoquote "We also provide expert legal advice ..."< div> If the firm you're checking out is located in England Wales then they will most likely be ...


The Injury Solicitor Salford: However there is a firm using www.injurysolicitor.co.uk - so just keep aware when typing. class="infoquote "With almost 10 years' of experience in personal injury law, we understand that no two cases are the same."< div> If you're a very diligent researcher when i...


RD Costings Ltd: RDCostings don't have 'Online Compensation Calculators' tempting you in with promises of £10,000 settlements for your paper cut. Getting the right professional legal advice and related help such as from experienced counsellors can make a huge difference, not just to ...


MGBe Legal Ltd: Not so with MGBe as https: mgbelegal.com blog " their blog section< a> articles seem genuinely intended to help with titles such as 'The 7 most common errors in EEA Permanent Residence applications' and 'For better or worse: the new Legal Aid Immigration contrac...


McEwan Fraser Legal Scotland: However, McEwan Fraser Legal actually are out of the ordinary when it comes to the things we tend to commend other firm for. You would think these days that even 'stuffy', 'living-in-the-past', 'antiquated' (three words we've seen used numerous times by reviewers on the matt...


Fieldfisher Solicitors LLP: However, this is not to be confused with the 100% compensation guarantee some firms offer. The main site we link to above is www.fieldfisher.com with www.fieldfisher.co.uk redirecting you there. A quick note on navigation as always. They didn't provide any specifics oth...


Assured Probate Services: APS Legal & Associates are no less stand-out-ish. class="infoquote "APS Legal & Associates and Assured Probate Services are subsidiaries of The SimplyBiz Group."< div> The firms other arm, Assured Probate Services, has an individual website at www.assured-ai...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd in London: If you check out https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 631933 linkilaw-solicitors-limited" the section for this firm< a> you'll see contact information, qualification dates of the relevant solicitors, details of their specialties, and more. They provide full pages on...


Integral Law Firm: A quick note on navigation. Most legal professionals are signed up with a local law society. So if there is no website available for a firm you're interested in, how do you research their suitability for your needs? class="infoquote "Offered a great service on n...


NV Legal Solicitors: However if your case wins the law firm may take a commission success fee of up to 25% of your compensation. For example a highly experienced firm that gets you £4000 for your injury but takes a 25% cut, is still a better result than a less competent firm which gets you £20...


SR Law Solicitors London: Thankfully, if the firm you're interested in is based within England or Wales they are most likely registered with the national Law Society. class="infoquote "Your problems are our business. Julian Cohen and Mark Feldmann for example qualified back in 1975 and 1970 re...


DFA Law Solicitors: (Despite some that may look it.) The main thing to watch out for is if a law firm use phrases such as 'we have over 80 years of experience within the firm'. There are a few little touches around their site too that indicate a firm with a vested interest in their public ...


Ian Mallon Solicitors Ltd: The official site we link to is www.ianmallon.com with www.ianmallon.co.uk not currently showing anything. So right off the bat it's obvious that we already have a high opinion of Ian Mallon Solicitors otherwise they wouldn't have been added to our network to begin wi...


Asghar & Co Solicitors: We also recommend that if someone calls you to discuss money, you politely hang up and call back the official phone number you were given. Why is that important? Because we've mostly found that only smaller, newer firms tend to work with Legal Aid clients in order to b...


Thorpe Wilson Ltd: Obviously with the dozens of firms we review on this site, it's impossible for us to come up with dozens of legal matters to test them with as a consumer. But as there are always plenty of forums for clients to express their opinions, we try to help by offering extra inform...


Allsop Durn Dearlove: You certainly don't want a firm that treats legal matters the same as they did 30 years ago. Godfrey Newman qualified in 1979, David Durn in 1999, right up to Tracy Murgatroyd in 2014. Flick through enough solicitors' sites and you'll start to think talking about fees is alm...


MTA Solicitors LLP: But the majority of firms state something similar. In fact, we don't think we know of any firm in the UK that doesn't offer No Win, No Fee for Personal Injury matters these days. Usually around 25%. The last thing you want to is mistype the name and end up giving your phone ...


Apprise Legal Services: In the US it has been used for much longer. On those we still found very positive comments: class="infoquote "Excellent fast and efficient service" "... class="infoquote "We offer a friendly, comprehensive service that specialises in all areas of Will writ...


Aina Khan Solicitors: Aina Khan states that she is also Award Winning , but then has https: www.ainakhanlaw.com aina-khan-obe-awarded-by-the-world-peace-and-prosperity-foundation " a page dedicated< a> to explaining what the award was for. This firm obviously focuses solely on Family Law mat...


Will Taborn Ltd: You'll have noticed that we are very selective about the firms we add to our database. The price you might pay for a simple thing such as a business contract to be drawn up might be five times more with a large commercial law firm compared to a sole practitioner. On top...


Hutcheon Law Solicitors: If the firm's website doesn't at least mention your case type on their front page, then it is likely it's not something they are either seeking or handling on a regular basis. They can at least back up their front page statement of: class="infoquote "R. James Hutcheon ...


Penn Chambers Ltd: help me map out a sensible approach to the divorce negotiations. For all intents and purposes, long establishment claims are mainly a marketing ploy. One thing that made us feel a certain kinship with this particular law firm was their T&Cs section. This one had a cons...


Frank Rogers Motoring Solicitor: class="infoquote "Having the right support and representation at the earliest opportunity can significantly improve your chances of being found not guilty or achieve the best possible outcome and avoid you being banned from driving."< div> That's the obvious aim. ...


OJ Solicitors Glasgow: Plus having the actual solicitor able to converse with you in your native language has immeasurable benefits in ensuring clear understanding as well as being considerably time saving. A quick word on navigation, as obviously searching for variants of the firm's name ...


Kudos Legal Solicitors: class="infoquote - "... However, during our 20+ years working with law firms we've come across all sorts of dubious versions of this. Whilst joined together under the United Kingdom banner, Scotland has an individual legal system, NHS, and various government branches....


Serious Injury Law Solicitors: This claim of a high reputation amongst their peers is also backed up by a good number of quotes on third party sites: class="infoquote "Serious Law are right up there with the best in terms of calibre of lawyers, methods of working, delivering tangible rehabilit...


5 Essex Court Chambers & Partners: This naturally means a great opportunity to save both time and money: class="infoquote "The Direct Public Access scheme introduced in 2004 enables barristers to be instructed directly from or on behalf of a member of the public, also known as a lay client. https: w...


Avery & Walters Ltd: Another has been responded to saying no such person has ever been a client at their firm to begin with. (The latter being the actual registered parent name of the firm.) The Harrogate office is trading as Powell Eddison Solicitors. Both offices deal with Conveyancing wh...


AWH Legal Ltd: AWH Solicitors is the same firm and the website is www.awhsolicitors.co.uk as we link to above as well. The internet makes it much easier to find services you need such as legal advice. Of course, most people won't have any idea whether these are worth paying attention to. S...


HH Law Ltd: (Pause to raise an eyebrow.) We didn't see any of such fishy goings-on for Hampson Hughes though. Whilst a solicitor may have several cases keeping his attention, the client is only focused on one and thinking about it far more regularly. If you look up the https: solicit...


Lawcommercial Trading Ltd: However they do cover a wide range of matters for both individuals and businesses . It's not as though there are some 200-year experienced solicitors sitting behind any of the desks. (Article from the Southern Daily Echo) Of course the firm has the obligatory Customer Tes...


Redwood Collections Ltd: Luckily there are dozens to look over with third party sources: class="infoquote "We have used Redwood Collections on a few occasions and have found them to be very efficient and helpful. The usual testimonials are pasted on the firm's site, however (as our poll last...


AJLO Solicitors: There are a few bits we want to highlight in case you missed them though: class="infoquote "We are proud to be members of Resolution ..." < div> Resolution is an organisation with thousands of legal professional members all dedicated to finding the best ways to ...


GloverPriest Solicitors Ltd: We offer you face-to-face appointments and also remote dealings with our superb staff." < div> Which is clearly good to know. So make sure you've entered the name of the firm and it's office town when searching to make sure you're reading about the right place. our lawy...


Jarmans Solicitors Sittingbourne: Some have quite credible credentials to support their claims, and others state incredibly tenuous historical links involving someone's brother's sister's uncle's dog who once lived next to the office. i was made to feel at ease with Gordon Johnson" • "I highly recom...


My 33 Legal Limited: class="infoquote "Visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and connect with us to keep up to date with the latest news."< div> We always cringe a little when we see statements like this, as solicitors and social media don't always go well together. I don't unders...


Hammond Trotter Solicitors Ltd: Not winning a trial in court. If there were really that many people getting away with things because of a technicality then the laws would constantly be being changed. It's the same as shampoos which say '90% of users would recommend us!' only to have 'out of 20 people we as...


Driscoll Kingston Solicitors: "No win, no fee" only means that if you lose there are no fees to pay. When you've finished scrunching up your eyebrows and narrowing your eyes at that last statement - let me explain. DK cover compensation claims and Wills Probate. As always, we recommend actually re...


SBW Lawyers Ltd: It's just that in 2019 the company became "Limited". But they are still overseen by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You could get a 1-year qualified solicitor from a 30-year established firm, and a 30-year qualified solicitor from a 1-year established firm. ...


IWC Estate Planning & Management Ltd: We didn't check mis-spellings or other hyphenated versions, but considering how bad the Conveyancing industry has been https: www.theguardian.com money 2017 jan 14 lost-67000-conveyancing-scam-friday-afternoon-fraud-legal-sector-email-hacker" hit with scammers< a> -...


Briffa Intellectual Property Solicitors: We're always looking to get specialists on board, but finding specialists that aren't intensely arrogant about the fact they are specialists is more difficult than you might think. Whatever you do, don't go to www.briffalaw.com (just don't) and the most common misspelling ww...


Helix Law Solicitors: Please note, the spelling and typo errors are copy pasted directly: class="infoquote "Helix Law are ha ppy to go the extra mile, provide accurate advice and layout all options clearly for a layman to understand. Some may simply take comments made in emails letters the ...


Leech and Co Solicitors Ltd: We are linking to the www.leechandco.co.uk site above. There is a review for the criminal law firm The Johnson Partnership where the reviewer is furious about them refusing to take on his divorce case. Even those who don't need the out of hours appointments appreciate the id...


Joanna Connolly Solicitor Advocates: They also cover mortgage mis-selling by brokers and lenders, financial mis-selling, (including mis-sold PPI), as well as growing into the developing laws and cases relating to "Unfair Relationships" between bankers and their backers that affect how they sell to clients. ...


CFG Law: One clue is in the Team section of their website, because another thing both we and the public are fond of is staff profiles. And obviously we think a lot of the firm otherwise they wouldn't be on our network. We've been recommending CFG Law to people with injury claims for ...


Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors: The clientele and Legal Aid dependancy would shape any firm in a certain direction. Despite this, HJA https: www.hja.net events access-justice-pursuing-career-legal-aid " actively encourages< a> other lawyers to get involved. Of course, some firms do go a bit far sometime...


CSL Law Croydon: But in this case, we'd advice it anyway just in case your memory lets you down as you type and you end up going in circles for a little while and cursing Google's name! A last little snippet: class="infoquote "Our team are approachable, organised, enthusiastic and...


RSR Law Croydon: Timescale. All will be explained prior to entering into any agreement."< div> The firm seem to enjoy writing lots of information with a regularly updated blog currently in the hundreds of posts. Confused? Well, take this example. Sometimes however, we run into a firm du...


Johnsons Solicitors Nottingham: For example, a basic search on the firm's name brings up plenty of search engine results and Google displays star ratings next to ones that provide such options. That was it, and despite having never been a criminal solicitor - I would imagine the old 'honey vs vinegar...


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