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:

Bellax Solicitors: We've seen a criminal lawyer get a negative review for refusing to take on a divorce case. Despite this, there are a handful of things we recommend you definitely checklist for each and every firm you are considering using. class="infoquote "We aim to find t...


JPS Walker Solicitors: We love case studies, but originally thought this was simply because we've been working in the industry for over twenty years. But sometimes the clues are in what initially might seem common, almost mundane statements. Again, a very rough example but to make a geniune point....


The Legal Practice Solicitors: Obviously we think highly of the firm because we've added them to our database of searchable legal professionals. class="infoquote "The foundations of The Legal Practice are built on client service."< div> Of course whilst we at 1to1Legal are usually first...


Young & Co Solicitors: There are a huge number of things that can go wrong which are completely out of your solicitor's control. We have zero hesitation in recommending that you ignore such comments. So any firm that still works with Legal Aid gets a few extra brownie points from us . Of course...


Lefevres Scotland Ltd: Usually this might cause some concern over potential issues such as ' https: www.merriam-webster.com dictionary phishing" phishing< a>', but with their case range being litigation - there is less cause for concern. class="infoquote "We strive to learn everything abo...

David Stinson & Co Solicitors: class="infoquote "very professional and got my wife not only the money but the outcome she deserved" "My solicitor was always polite and I think she deserves a lot of credit" "Regardless of the hurdles and obstacles the prisons threw in our way, Yasmin remai...


Cook's Solicitors: On the whole they are very positive but there were some negative comments as well. That's why there is only a small "Y" in the corner of the Cooks Solicitor logo rather than changing the name completely. class="infoquote "We are a small firm and we pride ourselves on...


Swain and Co Solicitors: The article before that was about a firm that has merged four times causing big branding changes each time. If you want more specific information about your local office, you need to include the town name when you search - e.g. They usually include words like 'modern', 'frie...


Fentimans My Law Matters: However there were some negative comments that really need to be read. They state these are reviews copy pasted from the Trustpilot website. When it comes to legal services, often the losing side in a case will leave a bad review. The largest conveyancing firm in the country...


Frazer Coogans Solicitors: This is important to note due to the when buying a home. The official site we link to above is ...


Burton & Co Quality Solicitors: An enviable group of staff to have at any firm surely? Legal-based or not. We are now part of a national network of firms under the QualitySolicitors Brand."< div> The firm itself has therefore been a local firm for a very considerable time . A huge mix of seasoned gur...


One Law Solicitors & Barristers: We ran a poll last year, though, which came back that only 8% of people trusted company-provided testimonials. £millions have been lost. So how do you know which ones are experienced, qualified, and right for you? There are of course several good resources to help you such...


Beers Solicitors LLP: The Law Society database also lets you see if a firm really does 'specialise' in your case type. It's true the majority of firms we write about are going to receive fairly positive comments because we've already vetted them for addition to our search database. ...

Disrepair Claims UK: In fact, solicitors themselves https: www.legalfutures.co.uk latest-news solicitor-sanctioned-for-dealing-with-unregulated-cmcs" can be fined and even stricken off< a> for dealing with unregulated claims management companies. for other inconveniences and loss of amenity ....


Simper Law: These issues only tend to become problematic when the law office in question handles things such as property matters where clients are paying large sums of money. At Simper Law they have legal professionals from each of the last three decades available. This is showcas...


RM Solicitors: There are various ways to have the case paid for , but as far as we're concerned no injury claim firm should even take any money from a client up front, during the case, or if the case loses. class="infoquote "We have dealt with a wide variety of cases."< div> I...


Ullah Law Associates: Reading between the lines, it's probably safe to assume they have confidence in their expertise and experience to handle such tasks. The official site we link to above is www.ulasolicitors.com with www.ulasolicitors.co.uk not currently redirecting you there. class="inf...


Taylor Price Legal Ltd: Such as needing to watch out for people who simply can't search properly. We've seen them get one star ratings from people who are angry at a criminal defence firm refusing to take their divorce case. We've seen that more times than should be expected.) Certainly there...


Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors: 'living in the past', 'unfriendly', and 'inefficient'). For example, we did see one negative review about this firm on Google where the person gave one star and said simply that it was bad customer service. Others include Peter FitzGerald who joined the UK legal system in 19...


Milners Law LLP: Normally such testimonials are created from written responses to some sort of customer service feedback form. People recieve emails from scammers stating the bank details they need to pay their house deposit into have changed. So minimal or even zero online reviews for...


KRS Wills & Probate: There's obviously a massive range of variants people could attempt such as www.krs.co.uk or www.krsestateplanning.co.uk so we would recommend bookmarking the site just to be sure. Why people fall for that, we don't really know. The Law Society of England & Wales has ...


Branch Austin Solicitors: So giving the impression they are well established and experienced is their last gambit for impressing any potential clients passing through their website. There were also several comments about how fast the process had been whether for a property sale or immigration matte...


Trojan Solicitors: The honest truth, however, is that you could end up with a 1-year-qualified solicitor from a 200-year-old firm. That might be the reason only 8% of you voted in our poll last year saying you trust company posted testimonials. Before that point you had to get a solicitor who ...


Cheshire Estates and Legal Ltd: The C-E-L part stands for Cheshire Estates and Legal Limited if you see any reviews about that firm, company data, SRA or https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 598341 cheshire-estate-and-legal-limited" Law Society< a> listings. 'cel legal', 'cel lawyers', etc.) will ...


Fultons Estate Agents: Those few extra case types and the conveyancing make up the firm's full case range. For example in the case of the firm we're writing about today ( Fulton's Solicitors & Estate Agents ) we couldn't find a dedicated page on the Law Society of Scotland's website. class=...


Hooper Hyde Solicitors: The only legal services we've seen consistent reviews on are conveyancing firms because people always have plenty to say about how their house sale purchase went. They are not related companies. Sadly, some businesses use marketing jargon to try and cover up when they don't ...


Antony Hodari Legal Services: Antony Hodari's claims in the snippet above were taken from their front page and are much more believable and can be checked on too. To us that's a bit of a cheat. Almost a 'crusade' mentality. The issue with related domains not being owned or incorrect searches really...


Fair Result Divorce: We simply try to offer a sort of business insider view. There were some testimonials on the company's own website: class="infoquote "the whole process was dealt with so smoothly" "I got the best outcome possible" "the contrast in their services between my fir...


Dylan Nair Ltd Solicitors: So whilst someone might be very quick to jump online and talk about a pizza they just ordered - they may be more reluctant to discuss how well their dead father's contentious probate went. Don't ever discuss payments or bank details via email is therefore one good rule to ...


Mckie Legal Solicitors Ltd: There are plenty of things you might not have thought of though that can identify a firm as offering more than another. We have seen losing sides leave negative reviews about the winning side's law firm. class="infoquote "Ive been asked a few times already 'which...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: A good mix of seasoned and fresh, experienced and enthusiastic - and that can't possibly be a bad thing. So for Jacobs to be unafraid in posting such a "new" start date in the face of such an "old" industry - well that really stands out to us as genuinely being ...


Allan Argue and Co Solicitors: class="infoquote "took the time to talk me through all the detail and legal jargon" "always gave me great advice when needing guidance on employment law" "ensuring I was completely comfortable before proceeding" < div> A lack of reviews should never be...


Springle Solicitors: Estate Planning is what we would consider a fairly new term in the UK and relating to quite an emerging market although it's been big in the US for a long while. The official website for Spring-le & Co is www.springleandco.co.uk which we link to above, with www.springleandco...


BLZ Solicitors Ltd: A quick note on navigation. But on scrolling through the personal background information it quickly turns out to actually be quite relevant . No really, that last one actually happens more than we ever thought possible. Their site is https secure though so entering y...


Hawkridge & Co Solicitors: Always make sure you're on the correct website and never discuss payments or bank details via email. Very often a bunch of the negative reviews will be from the client of the other party. Because nine times out of ten the firm will state they are such without providing any...


Pacific Law: It's the brand that's been around for centuries - not the people. class="infoquote "We listen ... Never discuss bank details or payments via email. But these days we would say that if the firm can't offer video-chat services they are now getting behind the times. ...


ABS Lawyers Ltd: That means they've added up the experience years of everyone within the firm. If not, try searching for a more local law society such as at the county or city level. We have over twenty years' experience flicking through law firm websites. One is to quote an ancient founding...


Stenfield Solicitors Ltd: We've also seen anti-capitalist rants copy pasted across a dozen legal professional's review sections. The majority preferred to read comments on third party forums such as Google Reviews, Yell, Trustpilot or Yelp. In this instance Stenfield have solicitors on board tha...


Khan Law Glasgow: The quote above is from the Khan Law website and, in our opinion, is being used appropriately. So Khan Law clearly stating the actual award is therefore quite a rarity and should not be overlooked. So what else is there? class="infoquote "At Khan Law we will keep...


Deo Volente Legal: A few articles back we covered a law firm that had a 5 star review for being such a great dog-friendly restaurant. People have https: www.thetimes.co.uk static connected-families conveyancing-email-scam-hackers-steal-house-deposit " handed over millions to fraudste...


Suhail Ahmad at Richmond Legal: For example they state the lead solicitor, Suhail Ahmad, qualified as a solicitor in 1998 . Whilst it's something we see alot of with Criminal Law firms, it's less noticeable for Immigration. One good way to check up on a law firm or an individual solicitor's expertise...


Trust Inheritance Limited: Related domains such as www.trustinheritanceltd.com or the .co.uk do not currently exist. class="infoquote "We pride ourselves on giving the best support service available and are dedicated to delivering the right solution for you."< div> Experience and expertise ...


Bilkus and Boyle: We always commend The Law Society of England & Wales for their excellent website providing a wealth of user-side data to potential clients. The rest seem to refer to their actual services though: class="infoquote "have used the firms services for various things over ...


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. class="infoquote "very polite and explained everything to us in detail" "Extremely friendly, efficient and...


Penerley Solicitors: The Law Society of England & Wales has a great user-side display of information and the majority of legal professionals will register with their national, county and sometimes even city law society. class="infoquote "Penerley provides first-rate legal services to bus...


Conveyancing Search Providers: However, as already mentioned at the outset of this piece, there often isn't as much to go on when it comes to service providers to the law firms we often write about. It probably doesn't occur to employees of a firm to jump on the web to write a review about a service their...


Special Education Needs Lawyer: Not an insurer or other third party. There are quite a few large firms that will take your Education Law case on. However there are some areas of law where the number of options simply aren't there. We've seen quite a few lawyers offering a full hour's face t...


Pump Court Chambers Barristers: These are not just other offices of the same group of barristers. However to be qualified to handle such, the barrister you speak to should absolutely be capable of informing you quite early on if your case can be handled under those terms before you part with a single penny...


Mason Bullock Solicitors: The official site is www.masonbullock.co.uk with www.masonbullock.com not currently being owned by the firm. Mason Bullock Solicitors was an unusual situation for us when it came to deciding on whether to add them to our network. That brings us to a quick note about navigati...


Lindsays Solicitors Scotland: A couple of years ago we ran a poll and (as we actually expected from our own experience) the huge majority of people didn't trust testimonials on company websites. The firm uses the singular name of 'Lindsays' (not Lindsay's) in all it's branding and it's official website...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services: They are therefore not registered with the Law Society of England & Wales or the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Is this a negative point then? Licensing is an area of law where you can have help and be represented by a non-court-qualified person. Other bene...


OTS Immigration Solicitors: However there are some firms that may look like they cover many areas of law but are still 'specialists'. The main web address we link to above is www.otssolicitors.co.uk and currently www.otssolicitors.com does not redirect or have an alternate site. There are many wo...


Reid and Black Solicitors: So how do Reid Black Solicitors stack up on independent boards? class="infoquote "Very fast and professional. As the firm deals with property matters, it is therefore hugely important that you pay close attention to the website you are on and the types of emai...


Howe and Co Solicitors: Other companies such as John Howe & Co Solicitors are using www.jhowe.co.uk, and The Howe Practice have www.thehowepractice.co.uk so it's probably a good idea to bookmark the correct site once you're on it just to be sure. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk offic...


Robin Somerville Barrister: Not just for the legal industry either. The old 'Jack of all trades ...' maxim. Certainly it's a very likely part of the reason he's so well regarded. This is not always the case. We checked with Google, Yelp, Yell.com and Trustpilot as well as some other sites like ours tha...


Levins Solicitors: We did find though that when you start typing 'levins solicitors' into Google it sometimes displays a totally different firm in the drop down suggestions. Levins Solicitors are also quoted many times in related news articles, cementing them as a very established firm...


Aconveyancing Ltd: If the firm you are looking at does not cover these related areas, then they may be a more budget conveyancing firm. Such as when looking up news articles they had been quoted in. The idea of course being that people will assume a 200-year-established firm will do a bet...


The Injury Solicitor Salford: (Generally known as 'resellers'.) Those firms that cold-call you asking about an accident you've never had also have websites trying to get the same information from you. Most are and new firms know it can give peace of mind to prospective clients. Whilst it's not mandatory ...


RD Costings Ltd: For some areas you may want a large firm with lots of resources. The focus is usually on Road Accidents, Work Injuries and Slip Trips. class="infoquote "We understand the devastating and traumatic effect being a victim of a violent crime, domestic or sexual abuse can ...


MGBe Legal Ltd: It's just that whilst people are quite willing to post about how bad or well their house sale went, they are far less likely to jump onto the internet to declare how their divorce, or criminal trial, or mental capacity claim is going. Accredited at Level 3 Advanced Caseworke...


McEwan Fraser Legal Scotland: There is a huge amount of public reviews about the firm though. But that's something we're not totally sold on. And that was only on a £260,000 house. However, McEwan Fraser Legal actually are out of the ordinary when it comes to the things we tend to commend other fi...


Fieldfisher Solicitors LLP: But does the length of time a firm has been operating translate into happy clients? The firm provides an https: www.fieldfisher.com en injury-claims case-studies?pageIndex=3" extensive list of case studies< a> which is something we certainly enjoy as part of our researc...


Assured Probate Services: Unfortunately we're still unclear on the various qualifications than can be obtained. It is followed in each instance by a bullet point list of what makes their advisors better than others out there. For example, the APS Legal & Associates main website does have the ...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd in London: We did find a few still hanging around: class="infoquote "They took the time to understand how our business works and the quality of the documents is excellent." "Great team and management. If you check out https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 631933 lin...


NV Legal Solicitors: There are quite a few independent forums such as Google, Trustpilot, Yelp, Yell.com and so on which can often provide far more insight into how a firm treats it's clients than the testimonials each might strategically place on their own website. Certainly that last com...


SR Law Solicitors London: Simons Rodkin have a whole page dedicated to discussing how their fees work with examples and finer details regarding each case type they handle. Sadly the number of people https: conversation.which.co.uk money scam-watch-property-housing-deposit-bank-transfer " falling...


DFA Law Solicitors: A really good mix of old, wiser heads running a firm that still has some young-blood eager to prove themselves. For larger life-changing matters, maybe not. Obviously we were impressed enough with this firm to add them to our network: class="infoquote "We pride ourse...


Ian Mallon Solicitors Ltd: When checking out review boards though, we always suggest you read comments rather than just look at star ratings. We didn't find any review separation between the Newry and Dublin offices. class="infoquote "this company came with good recommendations, very grateful ...


Asghar & Co Solicitors: class="infoquote "Our efficient legal specialists will make sure to keep you fully informed at every stage, respond immediately to all your queries and consult you before arising at any legal decision."< div> The only way to judge whether statements such as these ...


Thorpe Wilson Ltd: The firm's website is https secure for submitting your details via the online form. The thing to watch out for is firms stating a wide range of specialities across different areas of law such as Divorce, Bankruptcy, Commercial Property, Immigration, etc. But as th...


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