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:

Brown & Co Solicitors: You'll get a lot of opinions on social boards or 'help' articles about the pros cons of using a large law firm, a small local firm, a specialist, a general practice firm, etc. Other variants such as www.brownandco.co.uk take you to completely different firms and you can't ha...


Mac Jones Solicitors: But also maybe some they don't, yet should. (More on that later.) Staff profiles are something we always recommend law firms to provide and these are excellent examples of the information consumers really want. Put that all together though, and it backs up the firm's claim...


Hill House Chambers Barristers: A solicitor's firm will have all staff working as if it's one big company together. class="infoquote "Barristers Mohsin Aslam was very professional too when he articulated case" "Spencer's friendly demeanour and flexibility ensures the right barrister is offered even ...


Stowe Family Law Solicitors: Another quick note on navigation would be the website. So the name is still quite unique. The reviews are mainly positive from what we saw with several comments about fair pricing and time effort put in. That's why this statement on the firm's website stood out to us ...


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. Most people that end up on our site have usually already scrolle...

Bellax Solicitors: By that we mean most legal companies in the UK tend to use the same sort of sales language, highlight the same points, and make the same claims about their company that practically every other law practice does too. To be honest, we didn't read more than a couple and even ...


JPS Walker Solicitors: So there is definitely experience within the firm , and even better as he seems to have focused on a single area of law rather than trying to be a 'jack of all trades' solicitor. class="infoquote "I would just like to thank you for all your efforts in getting my claim...


The Legal Practice Solicitors: 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. For example searching for both Rickmansworth and Wembley London could provide a better overview. The majority will have a huge chunk of negative comment...


Young & Co Solicitors: class="infoquote "Public Funding or 'Legal aid' is available for Care Proceedings and Domestic Violence Domestic Abuse injunctions (where financially eligible)."< div> This is actually a much more impressive statement than you might think. They list related tradi...


Lefevres Scotland Ltd: The obvious inference being that the older the company, the more experience they must have. But it certainly sounds impressive and from such a reputable, reliable source it's probably safe to assume it is so. The number of years' experience your actual solicitor has and wh...


David Stinson & Co Solicitors: But note that 'no win, no fee' and '100% compensation guarantee' are not the same thing. As mentioned before, having different trading names within one law firm is quite common if the practice wishes to focus and drive more business in a specific type of case. This can often...


Cook's Solicitors: Regular variants such as www.cookssolicitors.co.uk or www.cooks-solicitors.com are not owned by the firm which is important to note because of the amount of fraud currently hitting the property law market. That's also something we would consider a good sign that people o...


Swain and Co Solicitors: Entering such will bring up an error or redirect you elsewhere depending on what browser you are using. However the best website for getting information about a law firm in our opinion is The Law Society of England & Wales. If you want more specific information about...

Fentimans My Law Matters: We've even seen a divorce client leave a one star rating on a criminal law firm for not handling divorces. But how old a firm's branding is quite meaningless if a 200-year old firm gives you a 1-year experienced solicitor to handle your case. We've been writing law art...


Frazer Coogans Solicitors: Always kept us informed. Even when things are completely outside the control of the solicitor, clients will often leave negative comments on review boards. We've been reviewing law firms for over 20 years now. A quick note on navigation. If you look at the last q...


Burton & Co Quality Solicitors: It mainly discusses how a branding exercise can end up with any perfectly decent firm looking as though they are far less. With all this going for them, it was therefore strange to see the firm having an absolutely huge amount of negative reviews on the regular board...


One Law Solicitors & Barristers: Something to keep in mind when researching or trying to find the firm again. Unlike other industries such as leisure or retail - law firms can end up with negative comments from their competitors, the losing side in a case, and even people who were told their case was nonsen...


Beers Solicitors LLP: Unlike hairdressers or restaurants, law firms can end up with negative reviews from the side they beat in a case. The branding is always Beers LLP but searches such as 'beers solicitors' or 'beer llp' still brought the correct firm to the top of the results. It's true the ...


Disrepair Claims UK: (No pun intended.) class="infoquote "The compensation you can claim is ... If you see that sort of post alongside no stated company name, no logo, no web address, and no mention of https: www.fca.org.uk firms claims-management" their regulatory status< a> - then avo...


Simper Law: But if you want to find out how many years your actual solicitor has behind them, the best resource is their local law society. An easy mistake to make if typing things in late at night. Luckily this firm is registered with The Law Society of England & Wales which has the b...


RM Solicitors: They are far less likely to rush and publicly talk about their messy divorce, bankruptcy, or life-long brain injury. That means should the case lose, the insurance policy pays your solicitor for the work they did. Conditional fee still means that if your case loses you pay ...


Ullah Law Associates: Thankfully ULA Solicitors have gone with the traditional photo, work history, and contact details which is great and something we think every law firm should provide. We've always been a fan of case studies but we've been working in the industry for over 20 years now....


Taylor Price Legal Ltd: Well give you some tips on how to tell them apart in a few paragraphs, but first: class="infoquote "each one of our clients' benefit from a wealth of experience as would be found in a leading city firm, without sacrificing the personal touch"< div> If you've alrea...


Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors: So if these sorts of claims can't help distinguish between the firms. New tech companies, car makers, or even a new local bakery would never be thought of as worse for not being 200 year's old. This tells you what each solicitor works on. So hopefully in this article we'll ...


Milners Law LLP: Normally such testimonials are created from written responses to some sort of customer service feedback form. If you saw someone posting a negative review about Pizza Hut saying 'they wouldn't sell me a Big Mac!' - you'd think they were a little nuts. The branding is '...


KRS Wills & Probate: Like most people though, we're more interested in any negative comments to see if there is a common theme to be aware of - such as poor communication, price switching, or clients being fobbed off to junior staff once signed up. One thing to watch for is the wording. Kamles...


Branch Austin McCormick Solicitors: But if a firm claims to handle a wide range of case types and then has individual solicitors handling each specific type of case - then claiming to be 'specialists' seems perfectly fair. The boxes that need to be ticked off for inclusion do mostly revolve around things ...


Trojan Solicitors: For example, for many years now people have been able to hire a barrister direct through the new Public Access scheme. For some reason, whilst 'new' companies in other industries such as fashion, food, or technology are sought after - the legal industry is one where people e...


Cheshire Estates and Legal Ltd: class="infoquote "As a law firm, we’re a bit different but in a good way!"< div> There were several things that stood out to us on their site. class="infoquote "CEL Solicitors combines the high-end service of a large corporate firm with the heart and soul of...


Fultons Estate Agents: So what about the staff at Fulton's Estate Agents themselves? Well according to the site's About Us page the firm started off as Hamilton, Burns and Moore back in the 1970s with the titular solicitor Mr Fulton joining the firm in 1978. The firm does not handle the same matte...


Hooper Hyde Solicitors: The Law Society of England & Wales has the best user-side offering we've seen across them all. This, and the odd search results, shouldn't be a huge worry though as most scammers tend to target property clients as apparently it's very easy https: www.manningrivertimes.co...


Antony Hodari Legal Services: We try to cover a range of solutions for legal problems including having general practice firms, specialists, barristers, and non-law-firm services as well. To us that's a bit of a cheat. It takes all sorts I guess. If you check on https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk ...


Fair Result Divorce: That's where we saw that the firm was pretty new. In other words if you want a fight and to make each other suffer as much as possible on the way out of a marraige - they can't help you. Typically it's only cases such as litigation where firms may do considerable work upfr...


Dylan Nair Ltd Solicitors: Make sure to read comments when it comes to law firms though, not just flick through star ratings. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 469206 dylan-nair-solicitors-limited" take a look at the page< a> for any particular firm you can see any alternate trading...


Mckie Legal Solicitors Ltd: But whether a solicitor charges a success fee or not shouldn't be the end-all of your decision to use them. Scammers convince people selling their house that they need to pay the deposits into fraudulent bank accounts. Since the huge shake up to legal aid in the 90s, solicit...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: class="infoquote "worked tirelessly in what turned out to be a very complicated sale" "we felt supported and informed throughout the whole process" "provided me with regular updates and were very professional" "dealt with my case in a timely and appropr...


Allan Argue and Co Solicitors: It depends greatly on the case type. So what are the review boards saying about Argue & Co as a firm? Well at the time of writing there were only a handful of reviews around the web in the usual places (Google, Trustpilot, Yell, Yelp, etc). The reason for covering that...


Springle Solicitors: Other common sources for adjudication are review boards. Plus more and more people are owning their own business which brings an entirely different set of issues to consider. Customer care second to none."< div> They are all positive as these snippets show. Pre...


BLZ Solicitors Ltd: These four case types are not exactly the easiest or the best paying in relation to lawyer earnings elsewhere. Here's a few of the things we noticed and hopefully some things you might be able to use as a bar to measure between others in the field. That's why we have general...


Hawkridge & Co Solicitors: That's because whilst people are quite happy to jump online and rave about their new toaster, they aren't so quick to discuss their divorce, bankruptcy, debts, or criminal defence case. This includes all known offices, with alternate contact details, any related tradi...


Pacific Law: This is because whilst people are very happy to jump online and give praise about their new toaster - they are less likely to rush to a public forum to discuss how their recent divorce, will writing, criminal defence, or bankruptcy went. In fact there seems to be a very clea...


ABS Lawyers Ltd: In this case, the solicitors certainly aren't 'green'. Second the firm can state they have been 'providing legal services for over twenty years'. Of course, no firm would ever state the opposite of these sentiments. There should therefore be no confusion there, but current...


Stenfield Solicitors Ltd: A real mix of ages, genders, experience, and expertise that you would hope to see at any general practice firm you might be considering. We've seen a law firm with a five star review for their pet-friendly cafe. Any mentions of 'Stenfield Limited' relate to the same compan...


Khan Law Glasgow: So, yes. class="infoquote "Our Personal Injury Claims are dealt with on a 'no win no fee' basis."< div> It's something we've covered before but it's still causing confusion so we'll briefly cover it again: 'no win no fee' and '100% compensation' do not mean the s...


Deo Volente Legal: class="infoquote "always responds very promptly to any questions" "Kept us well informed every step of the way." "efficient, working tirelessly, answering all our questions constantly even late evenings"< div> Whenever checking out third party boards ...


Suhail Ahmad at Richmond Legal: Every single legal professional will state they provide expert legal advice . For example they state the lead solicitor, Suhail Ahmad, qualified as a solicitor in 1998 . It also states fluency in Urdu and Punjabi as well as English. Sometimes just with a couple of official...


Trust Inheritance Limited: So why might you pick a niche firm like Trust Inheritance Ltd over your local high street firm that covers estate matters as well? If you want to get more solid figures about the actual experience of solicitors within any law firm, you can usually get it from their lo...


Bilkus and Boyle: Vice versa, a firm quoting just a few years since opening could have several solicitors on board with dozens of years experience each. Whilst the firm's name is unique there are obviously quite a few possible typos. However these information spots are often blank or in...


Catteralls in Wakefield: You'll note that they have solicitors that have qualified in every decade from the past 40 years including Philip Lisle who qualified in 1981, Julie Burgess (1996), Rebecca Baker (2005), right up to Danielle Knee with the relatively 'green' 2011 in comparison. The most com...


Penerley Solicitors: class="infoquote "our innovative and less-stuffy approach to providing legal services ensure that the focus is always on results"< div> It's sad but true that many of the 'well-established' law firms that go around quoting they've been solicitors for over 200 yea...


Conveyancing Search Providers: Have they done so? We've found that most companies that service actual law firms tend not to have publicly available reviews about them online. They offer tools to Conveyancing firms around England & Wales allowing their clients to consolidate a wide range of work into one...


Special Education Needs Lawyer: Therefore the number of firms helping in those areas are much fewer . Whilst ELS do display a few testimonials on their website e.g: class="infoquote "highly professional, advice was thorough and fully informative" "thank you for being very straightforward"< div> ...


Pump Court Chambers Barristers: It does however cause some thought to have to be given when researching things such as online reviews. If you flick through the reviews on regular haunts such as Google, Yell, Trustpilot, Yelp, etc. not the very nice helpful receptionist at the start of your enquiry or ...


Mason Bullock Solicitors: class="infoquote "...we’ll advise on whether you can negotiate a better settlement package and whether payments are being made in the most tax efficient way."< div> This is another statement that may not stand out to general consumers, but does to us. One thing w...


Lindsays Solicitors Scotland: The English Welsh law society's site provides a wide range of details on each firm such as alternate contact details, trading names, qualified solicitors at the firm, and even their qualification dates. People who take your details and sell them on to actual firms to do th...


Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services: Aspire Licensing point this out themselves as well stating they have: class="infoquote "... They also provide help with courses that will often be required in order to get certain licenses - if you don't have people already with those qualifications. The full firm's ti...


OTS Immigration Solicitors: Including costs" "brilliant from the start and supported me every step of the way" "responded promptly and professionally to all correspondence" "professional, prompt and incredibly approachable"< div> Having said that, you'll be hard pressed to find much...


Reid and Black Solicitors: Obviously there could be mis-spellings of the Reid part with the whole 'i' before 'e' thing many of us still have stuck in our heads from school. they don't even mention your claim type on the front page of their website or in the dropdown menu of their information pages) - ...


Howe and Co Solicitors: The official website we link to above is www.howe.co.uk, with www.howe.com taking you to a design company in the USA. There are hundreds of reports of people https: www.express.co.uk life-style property 1176297 property-for-sale-scam-fraud-warning-news-mortgage" bei...


Robin Somerville Barrister: The fact Robin has decided to focus on an area he knows from personal experience as a three-time business owner, can only exponentially increase the experience and expertise he can bring to the table. With of course no mention of what the awards were for (it could ha...


Levins Solicitors: class="infoquote "Levins are still the biggest provider of legal services in Knowsley"< div> An online resource we always highly recommend is The Law Society of England & Wales' website. Sadly in England & Wales (not so much in Scotland) many things can go wrong...


Aconveyancing Ltd: These can save you quite a lot of money by simply processing the actual details of the sale purchase. Search for articles on using budget firms to hear of such situations and see if they might fit with your expectations. However we have seen several property firms with much ...


The Injury Solicitor Salford: Most are and new firms know it can give peace of mind to prospective clients. Whilst the majority of legal https: www.thisismoney.co.uk money mortgageshome article-3385825 Sarah-Ritchie-saved-45-000-dream-home-lost-devastating-new-scam.html" scams at the moment involve pr...


RD Costings Ltd: This is a costs drafting firm aimed at lawyers themselves. Assisting Victims of Violent Crimes, Domestic and Sexual Abuse."< div> If you've already been through several law firm websites today, you'll probably have noticed that even personal injury focused lawyers tend ...


MGBe Legal Ltd: But until you've actually used the firm, how can you judge whether this is going to be true? One of the best resources for detailed information about a firm or an individual solicitor is their local or national Law Society. If someone calls saying they are from your solici...


McEwan Fraser Legal Scotland: Two other property firms we recommend on our site and who we think do a great job have only 2-3 star ratings. class="infoquote "Scotland's Award-Winning Solicitors and Estate Agents"< div> You'll see a simply huge number of law firms state they are award winning....


Fieldfisher Solicitors LLP: This is not an offer unique to Fieldfisher or firms that state such on their website. You'll see Fieldfisher have lawyers from each of the past four decades including Ian Austin (qualified in 1986), Bridget Collier (1997), Mark Greenhalgh (2008, and Jonathon Bell (2017). ...


Assured Probate Services: They should have the APS Legal logo on their website though and you can always check with the main office as to whether the consultant using that website is actually a qualified advisor on their books. Typically they will state "ABC Wills is run by ABC Solicitors Ltd and r...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd in London: So how does the modern Linkilaw stack up from that angle? class="infoquote "We have a varied skill set across a wide multitude of practice areas, sectors and also client types."< div> One resource we always recommend are The Law Society websites. Linkilaw Solici...


NV Legal Solicitors: We've seen plenty of people complain about firms where you don't even get to speak to your solicitor directly. You'll deal directly with your solicitor and they will be handling all aspects of your case. They're mostly https: www.theguardian.com money 2019 aug 24 the-45000...


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