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:

Cullimore Dutton Solicitors Ltd: The largest conveyancing firm in England last year had a Google review star rating in the 3s and some of the most praised conveyancing companies we've worked with have been plagued for simply doing a good job for their own client. Cullimore Dutton seem to be weathering the ...


The Law Partnership Ltd: A site we've often praised and sadly without good counterparts in Scotland or Ireland yet. That's alot more impressive than you might think. So what are the independent boards https: www.google.com search?q=The+Law+Partnership+Ltd&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBGB926GB926&oq=The+...


Wilford Smith: class="infoquote "You can be confident that by instructing us, we will take care of all your legal matters throughout your lifetime, providing creative solutions and protecting your best interests."< div> The official website we link to above is www.wilfordsmith...


Foster & Coleman Solicitors: class="infoquote "With a reputation of providing prompt, practical and cost-effective solutions in a number of practice areas, they can guide you through the most challenging of circumstances."< div> The most common place people go to first when researching a f...


Wildcat Law Solicitors: Wildcat Law have gone a step further in this process by having both types of help within one firm. Although our services are often Barrister led, we use a range of lawyers and legal associates on a matter to ensure the most cost effective solution to our clients."< ...

LS Legal Solicitors: class="infoquote "The high standards of our personalised client care form an important part of our business."< div> Of course the first thing most consumers do when interested in a company is check out the public review boards https: www.google.com search?q=l...


A City Law Firm: Don't make assumptions because for all you know it may be an award for best logo design and nothing to do with their actual law experience. So such testimonials might be worth a browse in those circumstances? class="infoquote "My family and I have used the firm for ...


Buchanan & Co Solicitors Ltd: While many people are quite happy to provide bucketloads of detail in reviewing a restaurant - they are less likely to give helpful details about their bankruptcy, criminal defence, or messy divorce. This snippet above from the website of Buchanan & Co Solicitors is one such...


Goldsmith Bowers Solicitors Ltd: One thing to remember is to match the size of the business with the size of the case range. class="infoquote "Our team of industry experts have been brought together to create a client focused business which understands our clients' individual needs"< div> ...


Guardian Law Ltd: Especially those with multiple offices. There are several statements such as these two offering free help articles. that they are not as easy to find for law professionals compared to other industries. However when we searched for 'guardian law' online we were returned a few...


Backhouse Solicitors Ltd: Not in a nasty way about the actual text. You would think that the development of the internet and every company having a full website about themselves with dozens of third party resources to provide independent information etc. If you check https: solicitors.lawsoci...


WH Law Ltd: class="infoquote "We're flexible with our fees with most cases – our fees are competitive and you will know in advance of what the fees will be."< div> This is mostly important to remember due to the https: support.microsoft.com en-us windows protect-yourse...


2 Harcourt Chambers: For example if a firm claims to be modern, efficient, and friendly - that sounds great. We've been doing this 20 years and didn't understand a lot of it either. No firm is going to claim it is archaic, inefficient, and unfriendly. Clarity for the public should be just as...

MJV Law Solicitors: They haven't even added on the expertise of any other staff at the firm which probably comes to another 10 years on top. That's well over 50 years between just the two of them. It dawned on us straight off the bat with this statement on the front page of the firm's website: ...


Bridge McFarland Solicitors: One thing to remember though is that when a firm has multiple offices you often have to type in the company name and location to see any reviews. class="infoquote "The firm now has offices in Grimsby, Hull, Lincoln, Louth, and Market Rasen and is considered one of th...


Woodstock Legal Services Ltd: You'll see Peter Fowler qualified in 1974, Roger Clayson in 1981, Nichola Turpin in 2009, Carly Jermyn in 2010, right up to Rebecca Newton in 2017. Having worked in the legal industry for over 20 years we're still surprised to come across some firms that we'd not heard of...


The Lady Barrister: So at the moment even something specific such as "stephanie heijdra barrister london" brings up no local information let alone public reviews. Unfortunately with the direct access scheme being so new it may not be something you've heard of yet and hopefully more information ...


Summerfield Browne: We've written many articles on what to look for in a law firm to make sure you get legal advice from the best match to your needs. How do you check that? The best resource we've found so far online is the website for The Law Society of England & Wales. Does that translate in...


Thaxted Legal Immigration: class="infoquote "Immigration is our business but we strive to provide our services with integrity and care, and we build our professional relationships with clients and business partners based on those core values."< div> Normally for firms south of the border ...


Smith & Graham Solicitors: We've seen law firms with 5 star reviews for their food and 1 star reviews for the bad haircut they got. They also have actual prices listed on their website which is rare and great to see . But the main thing we want to cover in this piece relates to: class="infoquo...


Brown & Co Solicitors: Does this translate into happy clients? For this we always turn to the public boards like https: www.google.com search?q=brown+and+co+solicitors+london&rlz=1C1CHBF_en-GBGB926GB926&oq=brown+and+co+solicitors+london&aqs=chrome..69i57j46i175i199i512j69i57.7321j0j4&sour...


Mac Jones Solicitors: class="infoquote "In a tough legal world we are here to fight your corner."< div> If you've scrolled through a dozen solicitor websites already today, you'll probably have noticed many of them have phrases like this which sound good but don't necessarily help yo...


Hill House Chambers Barristers: Why it took so long to make this available to the public in the UK - who knows. One thing we think the firm could improve on is fuller profiles for each of the barristers on the books. Prior to access being available you had to pay a solicitor to hire a barrister to de...


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LRose Law Ltd: We've covered the differences between the various types of litigation funding fees cost reclaiming in other articles but the short version is that '100% compensation' and 'no win no fee' are not the same thing. Only actual solicitors will be regulated by the SRA so if a firm...


Bellax Solicitors: But absolutely no solicitor should charge you any fees for running the case or if the case loses. That's usually how a firm with a wide case range can still technically call themselves a 'specialist'. A firm that handles a single case types such as Motoring Offences is an...


JPS Walker Solicitors: Prior to this date the law firm was called JPS Legal Ltd. If you're someone with a less than perfect memory then, it's probably a good idea to bookmark the correct site for coming back to later. . There are other firms with 'jps' in the name and therefore other websites t...


The Legal Practice Solicitors: Maintaining such high ratings whilst working in that industry is pretty impressive . . Law firms can get so boastful of their ancient start dates that it makes TLP's claim of 1964 sound almost in it's infancy. If you type those three words into a search engine, the correc...


Young & Co Solicitors: class="infoquote "Our main office is in Longton. Since the '90s the government has made an increasing effort to strip Legal Aid bare. The official website for Young & Co is www.youngs.law with www.youngs.co.uk being for a brewery and www.youngs.com not having any web...


Lefevres Scotland Ltd: The age of the firm's branding is irrelevant and often a very tenuous claim anyway. You can be assigned a 1-year-qualified solicitor from a 200-year-old firm. The only reason this might cause concern to some people is because of the huge number of law firms still...


David Stinson & Co Solicitors: This can often be misleading because if the firm has 5 solicitors with just 4 years experience - that equals a total of 20 years. We love case studies on a law firm's website. A lawyer who is expert in one can usually handle any of the others just as well. The main iss...


Cook's Solicitors: She is very good at clearing jams in the conveyancing process."< div> We couldn't find a staff profile section on the Cooks Solicitors website at the time of writing. But it stands out to us . Such as the firm that claimed a '150 year history' in an area simply because...


Swain and Co Solicitors: People seeking help with divorce will tell people to 'AVOID!!' a Criminal Law specialist. The above are snippets from the firm's own testimonial page. The article before that was about a firm that has merged four times causing big branding changes each time. Unlike restauran...


Fentimans My Law Matters: So what are third party boards like Google, Facebook, Yell.com, etc. We've been writing law articles for over twenty years now and have therefore worked alongside hundreds of law firms in that time. class="infoquote "Our expert team are at your disposal at a tim...


Frazer Coogans Solicitors: The most common typo we'd expect of www.frasercoogans.co.uk .com also does not seemed to be owned by the firm either. But when you start reading through more resources and even just the pages on their site - they really do come across as an unusually encouraging firm whe...


Burton & Co Quality Solicitors: (Hence us bringing it to your attention here.) Obviously we would never tell anyone that a specific firm is the right one for them. Especially those with https: www.theguardian.com money 2019 aug 24 the-45000-deposit-for-our-first-home-was-stolen-and-the-banks-did-nothing"...


One Law Solicitors & Barristers: Practically every firm will claim to be friendly and modern. A solicitor that helps you with your immigration application may still have to hire a barrister when it comes to fighting the matter further. The biggest difference being that these are all very positive comments ...


Beers Solicitors LLP: The official website we link to above is www.beersllp.com but www.beersllp.co.uk does not redirect you there. class="infoquote "We take time to get to know our clients, their businesses and their individual needs."< div> The most common resource people use when j...


Disrepair Claims UK: There is a simply huge number of keyword related websites targeting this area of litigation such as www.housingdisrepairhelpline.co.uk, www.housing-disrepair-claims.co.uk, and www.housingdisrepairlawyers.co.uk (just to pick out the first three in a Google search). If you can...


Simper Law: But the main reason people probably prefer the third party independent review boards is that they will also include any negative reviews. The age of the firm's brand name is pretty much meaningless and often tenuously worked out to begin with using the wife's-cousin's-dog's-...


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. So take it from us, the majority of those 200-year-plus establishment claims are t...


Ullah Law Associates: Those are the types of cases scammers tend to target. For example, the biggest scam going around the UK just now is when fraudsters email clients saying the bank details for their house deposit have changed. We are a firm that puts people first."< div> Again, claiming t...


Taylor Price Legal Ltd: For example, if you saw a negative review for Burger King saying 'they wouldn't sell me a pizza!' - you'd think the reviewer was nuts and ignore it. We've seen that more times than should be expected.) Certainly there is a lot of praise and accompanying acronyms being...


Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors: There are also https: www.theguardian.com money 2021 jan 02 homebuyers-scams-stamp-duty-holiday-" many scams right now involving house deposits< a>. Others include Peter FitzGerald who joined the UK legal system in 1996, right up to Sarah Price in 2003. They are good word...


Milners Law LLP: There is further information about staff members http: abstractionit.co.uk milnerslaw solicitor-staff " on the Milner's website< a>. We did see a few negative ratings but the comments were not particularly helpful as to why such a rating had been left. In this new g...


KRS Wills & Probate: The Direct Access scheme allows members of the public to hire barristers themselves rather than having to pay a solicitor who would then hire one for certain types of court work. of the firm name) https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk person 121811 kamlesh-ratilal-samji" ...


Branch Austin McCormick Solicitors: Branch Austin McCormick has a wide range of experience amongst their staff with solicitors who started their careers in all five of the last decades. well ... When it comes to law firms it is always a good idea to read the actual comments anyway rather than just f...


Trojan Solicitors: But aside from the various options of legal professionals, there are also options between using a large general practice firm, a smaller specialist, local versus national advice, and more. Sadly, many firms in the legal industry still chase the most tenuous links possi...


Cheshire Estates and Legal Ltd: The legal industry struggles badly with catching up with the times. But it's really, really not. Again, no firm is going to claim to be the alternative of any of those. class="infoquote "As a law firm, were a bit different but in a good way!"< div> There were sev...


Fultons Estate Agents: Why people fall for that, we don't know. class="infoquote "Many of our clients choose Fulton's because they have used us before, or because a family member or friend has recommended us."< div> This subsequent claim from the firm's website is also a type you will ...


Hooper Hyde Solicitors: There are national, county, city, and even case specific societies which legal professionals can join. Hooper Hyde state each lawyer has at least 10 years' experience. class="infoquote "worked tirelessly for me to win my case and I am extremely grateful" "really u...


Antony Hodari Legal Services: Just watch out for ads using keyword matching to display. One we saw last week was particularly odd because the complaint was about a criminal law firm that refused to handle a 'simple injury claim!'. Almost a 'crusade' mentality. That's because law firms are one of the few ...


Fair Result Divorce: FairResult state that if you do decide to go ahead at that point a fixed fee will be agreed upon. We try to provide information, reviews, and comparisons across not just a range of solicitors - but across a range of alternative options too. Typically it's only cases such as ...


Dylan Nair Ltd Solicitors: However, this can sometimes make it much easier to spot something that really does stand out . We obviously read through dozens of law firm's websites every day and the similarties between the content and the claims each make to set themselves apart as 'unique' can often en...


Mckie Legal Solicitors Ltd: class="infoquote "Insurance policy in place so nothing to pay win or lose*."< div> It therefore looks as though Mckie's solicitors offer both . We couldn't find any public reviews on McKie Legal at the time of writing this. It's very common even for firms...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: The practice of claiming an "established in 1881" foundation is something common to such professional areas including law, accounting, and journalism. But it's not. That's because "established in 2013" can sound ridiculously new to some considering so many solicitors quote c...


Allan Argue and Co Solicitors: If this were a Family Fortunes game, the top answer as to why someone chose a firm would be ethusiasm. Litigation matters such as personal injury have huge range of sub-titles including medical negligence, slips trips, work accidents, whiplash, and so on. In this inst...


Springle Solicitors: We have written on a wide range of multi-practice firms over the years. The official website for Spring-le & Co is www.springleandco.co.uk which we link to above, with www.springleandco.com not currently owned by anyone. Life is complicated and so too is death. This can...


BLZ Solicitors Ltd: www.blzsolicitors.co.uk is the official site we link to above and currently www.blzsolicitors.com doesn't seem to be owned by anyone. So never underestimate the value of free consultation statements on a solicitor's site. If you look at the page for https: solicitors.law...


Hawkridge & Co Solicitors: It's definitely something to keep in mind whenever you're checking for reviews about any firm that handles property matters. Because nine times out of ten the firm will state they are such without providing any noticeable explanation or links to information about what exac...


Pacific Law: So public comments from previous clients will probably not be available for some time. Either way should really make no difference to your choice though. But these days we would say that if the firm can't offer video-chat services they are now getting behind the time...


ABS Lawyers Ltd: Second the firm can state they have been 'providing legal services for over twenty years'. If you do need a regular solicitor though, how do you tell the differences between them? class="infoquote "ABS Lawyers is a modern law firm but retains the all-important tradit...


Stenfield Solicitors Ltd: If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation offices 597818 stenfield-limited" check out the page< a> for any firm on their site you'll be shown any alternative trading names, the various office locations available, staff details, what case types they specialis...


Khan Law Glasgow: We've always praised The Law Society of England & Wales for having a hugely informative and useful website - and that's a hard thing to do being a Scottish firm ourselves. Usually that's because they have individual solicitors within the firm that handle specific case type...


Deo Volente Legal: For motor offence court cases you may be better off with a Direct Access barrister. A good mix of seasoned wisdom alongside new fresh blood. We didn't just add them because of some positive reviews and the fact they handle cases in Pakistan. For example they have sol...


Suhail Ahmad at Richmond Legal: That's plenty of time to have gotten to grips with the chosen areas of law. class="infoquote "We can offer fixed fees if you are not eligible for legal aid"< div> This is another statement that might look perfectly normal to most people but really stands out to u...


Trust Inheritance Limited: class="infoquote "As market leaders, we are passionate about the customer service and support we provide."< div> That snippet from the Trust Inheritance website may sound like most other law firms. However we hope the information and links provided above at least ...


Bilkus and Boyle: They may very well assign a one year qualified newbie solicitor to handle your legal matter. 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, Trustpi...


Catteralls in Wakefield: A quick note on navigation as we've seen a few common errors popping up in the site search now that Catteralls have been with us for a while. class="infoquote "Catteralls Solicitors have been based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire for over 100 years."< div> Sad...


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. Although https: www.theatlantic.com magazine archive 2020 05 kill-the-of...


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