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:

Michael Leighton Jones Solicitors: They provide a wealth of user-side data including all office locations, other trading names used, languages spoken, as well as the qualification dates of the legal staff. The most common being Google, Trustpilot, Yell.com, Facebook, Yelp, etc. Here at 1to1Legal we've b...


Milners Law LLP: From the information we've seen that's not the case for Milners Solicitors . People naturally write differently in response to these requests from the actual firm compared to how they write comments to their circle of friends. So minimal or even zero online reviews for even...


KRS Wills & Probate: KRS are focused on a specialist case range with their qualifications, expertise, and experience all validated through third party websites. They provide alternative trading names for each legal practice, case types handled, other office locations, languages spoken, and mos...


Branch Austin Solicitors: What we don't like is when solicitors go too far and start listing their favourite foods and pet's names. The jack-of-all-trades situation. The boxes that need to be ticked off for inclusion do mostly revolve around things that benefit the client . We've even seen negative ...


Trojan Solicitors: As mentioned before though, whilst the firm is 'new' ( https: find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk company 11417981" having gone Limited in 2018< a>) we take that as a potentially positive attribute . This firm does list customer testimonials on their w...

Cheshire Estates and Legal Ltd: We use technology to be as green as possible"< div> There were other things we liked about the company such as the statement above. We therefore searched the various publications to check up on their claim. That's something we see a lot of when firms claim to be 'awar...


Fultons Estate Agents: Don't just flick through star ratings. So from that it looks like we have two firms with clear experience and establishment in the area coming together which naturally sounds very promising. For all we know they called Fultons about a divorce case and was refused represent...


Hooper Hyde Solicitors: Unfortunately that's not always easy when it comes to law firms. If you look up https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 12633 clp-group-limited" the page for Carbon Law Partners< a> (CLP) you'll see a list of trading names, offices, solicitors within the organisation, ...


Antony Hodari Legal Services: Almost a 'crusade' mentality. So you should get the correct firm popping up on most expected searches. Their site is https secure for entering your details into their contact forms. Something you'd want in any company really. We've been working in the industry for over 20 ...


Fair Result Divorce: Although according to our poll last year, not even single digit percentages of the public put much faith in company testimonials. It sounds absurd that people are falling for it. But you never know what fraudsters are going to think up next though so just keep aware and nev...


Dylan Nair Ltd Solicitors: Nor do any of the hyphentated variants (dylan-nair) or typical typos (dylanair). It may be a sad side-effect of the Facebook Instagram age we live in but many people do make decisions about whether to use a solicitor or not much easier if there is a photo. Unfortunately such...


Mckie Legal Solicitors Ltd: Since the huge shake up to legal aid in the 90s, solicitors now mostly offer to run claims cases for free. A solicitor that takes 10% of your settlement but gets you 5000 compensation is a far better choice than one who takes no cut but only gets you a 1000 early settlemen...


Jacobs Law Solicitors: You can get a 40-year-expert lawyer at a 1-year-old newly set up brand where the paint on the walls is still wet. The practice of claiming an "established in 1881" foundation is something common to such professional areas including law, accounting, and journalism. The...

Allan Argue and Co Solicitors: This splinter naming isn't nearly as prolific amongst other areas of law such as divorce or crime. 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, Tr...


Springle Solicitors: Two, in legal matters people usually don't get everything they want, so many reviews are negative even if the solicitor did everything correctly. You never know what scammers will think of next though so keep aware and never discuss payments via email. One, people are ...


BLZ Solicitors Ltd: Usually this does not affect compensation claims. class="infoquote "Should you require expert legal advice please contact BLZ Solicitors for a free initial consultation."< div> We absolutely do our best to find firms that provide free initial consultations. One s...


Hawkridge & Co Solicitors: As mentioned before though, make sure to read through the comments rather than just flicking through star ratings. But when anything goes wrong, they get the blame. Hawkridge & Co on the other hand have big clear logos at the bottom of their page showing Lexcel Accr...


Pacific Law: will probably continue for some time. However, to state 'pay no attention to this reviewer, they are just a sore loser' has never felt like something they could pull off and look good doing. This is because whilst people are very happy to jump online and give praise about th...


ABS Lawyers Ltd: One is to quote an ancient founding date such as 'established in 1882!' - but this is essentially meaningless, as there are no 200-year old solicitors working at any firm. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation offices 600584 abs-lawyers-limited" che...


Stenfield Solicitors Ltd: Not to mention that Trustpilot's rating calculations mean that a firm with four 5 star reviews will end up with an average of 3 stars total. One main difference between the types of law firm we typically cover and add to our search database is that the majority are not high ...


Khan Law Glasgow: You'd think people would know that by now.. medical negligence or criminal injury cases) it is quite common and understandable for the solicitor to charge a success fee and take a cut of the final compensation. In fact the number of firms claiming to be 'award-winning' se...


Deo Volente Legal: Reviews for property firms are therefore usually much lower than those for firms covering any other type of matter. A good mix of seasoned wisdom alongside new fresh blood. However both www.deovolente.com and www.deovolente.co.uk are owned by other firms. class="info...


Suhail Ahmad at Richmond Legal: The main one for English Welsh legal professionals is The Law Society of England & Wales and it is simply an excellent resource for people to use. The most common typos we'd expect would obviously be www.richmondlegal.co.uk and the .com and neither of them are owned by thi...


Trust Inheritance Limited: There is a whole section https: trustinheritance.toolboxx.co.uk #bereavement" offering various products< a> to tailor towards what you might need if you're looking to handle the matter by yourself as much as possible. The article we wrote just before this one was about a ...


Bilkus and Boyle: As a Scottish business ourselves, we hope our national Law Society can catch up and provide a bit more in the future . This is important because the firm deals with property matters. However these information spots are often blank or incomplete, and none show ...


Catteralls in Wakefield: The official site we link to above is www.catteralls.co.uk but note that www.catteralls.com does not redirect you there. Most law firms are signed up with a law society whether national, countywide or even city based if there is a large enough population. That's surely a ve...


Penerley Solicitors: Even today there are dozens of law firms that don't even have a website, let alone an online tracking system for people to check on their case progress. Even helping you register as a limited company is not the sole discretion of lawyers. More recently though the number of...


Conveyancing Search Providers: The lack of easily available reviews shouldn't be viewed negatively in these cases. But it's surely a fair one. After more than twenty years of working in the legal industry, we've built up quite a network of connections, followers, and business partners. However, as a...


Special Education Needs Lawyer: Not an insurer or other third party. Sometimes the only way to ensure your child gets the correct care is to get the legal system of the country to push back against the education system. But if you make sure to have the 'Ltd' part at the end of the name when searching, yo...


Pump Court Chambers Barristers: They have offices in London, Swindon, and Winchester covering a wide range of case types and a wealth of resources behind them. Even if someone phones you up, you can always politely decline and ring back the firm on the official number you have. For example when they writ...


Mason Bullock Solicitors: One thing we've always pushed for in the compensation claims industry is more care of the client rather than a money-fixes-everything approach. Mason Bullock are registered with The Law Society of England & Wales and

Aspire Licensing & Administrative Services: Other benefits of working in such a specific section of law include building up a huge amount connections and expertise with the various organisations themselves around the country. The same is sometimes true of debt matters. But that's what you'd expect from a firm t...


OTS Immigration Solicitors: 'otsolicitors' variants) don't seem to occur much in our search function at least. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 601629 ots-solicitors-ltd" check the pages for this firm< a> you'll see a wealth of details including any alternate trading names, contact ...


Reid and Black Solicitors: Reid Black clearly want to help people seek redress over such Military matters. The official site we link to above is www.reidblack.com with www.reidblack.co.uk not currently showing anything at all. The Law Society of England & Wales also have a much better website than ...


Howe and Co Solicitors: Luckily there are many resources available on the web for some independent backchecks and information. Howe & Co are registered with The Law Society of England & Wales which is a great resource offering a huge amount of information to users. It can be quite difficu...


Robin Somerville Barrister: Links to pages on official sites such as companies house or the practice solicitor's local law society. However barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Council who unfortunately do not provide as much information compared to wonderful resources such as The Law Societ...


Levins Solicitors: One called 'Elvin Moore Solicitors'. So if there are dozens of positive reviews about a legal company and all the negative reviews are about conveyancing - it's something to keep in mind. If you read the actual comments for a firm rather than just checking star ratings...


Aconveyancing Ltd: If the firm you are looking at does not cover these related areas, then they may be a more budget conveyancing firm. You may very well get a forty year qualified solicitor at a 2 year old firm. In law industry terms, that might sound quite young with so many companies...


The Injury Solicitor Salford: Ten years may not sound like a lot when confronted by law firms stating establishment dates back in the 1800s. This is quite justifiable in some circumstances such as for difficult cases including medical negligence, uninsured drivers, criminal injury claims and so on. No ...


RD Costings Ltd: They're also not against an insurance company but against a goverment organisation - the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA). A quick note on navigation. The fact RD Costings specifically seek out these types of claimants to help with their case is ...


MGBe Legal Ltd: class="infoquote "At MGBe Legal we specialise in personal and business immigration."< div> We've discussed the pros and cons of using specialist firms before, but there are obvious reasons people's minds immediately jump to wanting niche professional help in su...


McEwan Fraser Legal Scotland: Still, people are generally unsatisfied about the length of time it takes to buy or sell a property so negative comments abound. To keep over 4 stars takes some doing. If you've used our site before for either searching for legal help or to check an article on a firm you're...


Fieldfisher Solicitors LLP: One thing most people agree on is that seeing 'established in 1881' or some such ancient date proudly stamped across a firm's website - no longer provides much sway. So what are people saying about the actual service on public boards? class="infoquote "not just anoth...


Assured Probate Services: class="infoquote "Great personal service, flexible to suit personal circumstances which was priceless for working parents of a young family." "A very personal, prompt and professional service." "Unfailingly courteous and patient. unequalled in providing the h...


Linkilaw Solicitors Ltd in London: Never discuss your bank details with someone that calls you up. They obtain the relevant phone email contact details then contact the buyer seller pretending to be from the solicitors office and tell them new bank details to pay any deposits into. We might even have to disag...


Integral Law Firm: A quick note on navigation. Other popular forums are available including Trustpilot, Yell.com and Yelp. Most legal professionals are signed up with a local law society. This firm is a member of The Law Society of England & Wales which is great as they have one of the ...


NV Legal Solicitors: So yes, NV Legal's claim of 20+ years' experience is certainly an honest one with each individual solicitor having that level themselves. It's quite common for firms to use marketing jargon to obscure their real experience levels. For example a highly experienced firm that...


SR Law Solicitors London: However, we also have experienced consultants in other areas of law."< div> Most firms will have some sales-pitch statement like this on their website about how great their lawyers are. class="infoquote "Our fees are reasonable and competitive ... Naturally, the o...


DFA Law Solicitors: A 40-year established firm might stick you with a 1-year experienced solicitor, and a 1-year established firm might have a 40-year experience partner on staff. So how do we know DFA Law have experience staff? Most legal professionals are signed up to a local Law Society. Our...


Ian Mallon Solicitors Ltd: Just make sure to watch carefully at the website address and email reply names that pop up during your case. 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 ...


Asghar & Co Solicitors: In fact we saw at least two pages worth of examples of case types and associated fees declared up front for people to check out before calling up. A bold move for sure. A mix of older, wiser mentoring along with the hungrier, younger generation is always a good idea ...


Thorpe Wilson Ltd: The Law Society of England & Wales has an excellent website offering a wide range of information about the legal professionals and law offices registered with them. class="infoquote "At the centre of everything we do is a commitment to you, our client, to offer you the...


Allsop Durn Dearlove: Having a couple of fairly new solicitors eager to prove themselves at a firm that also has some seasoned experience to keep things on track - is a good balance . A lot of this sales jargon means nothing. class="infoquote "Our solicitors provide personalised guidance ...


MTA Solicitors LLP: Such calls are usually from individuals with no relation to any real law firm. It only shows the most basic contact details though and again the www.mtasolicitors.co.uk variant shows nothing. It also helps them hide who they really are to avoid complaints. They were not and ...


Apprise Legal Services: Quite often we've seen reviews about a firm that have clearly been put under the wrong company and even one star reviews with very positive comments (meaning someone has made a clicking error). Google sadly allows advertisers to stuff the searched-for keywords into adverts. ...


Aina Khan Solicitors: For example - out of a hundred typical law firm websites at least twenty of them will say they are 'one of the leading law firms in the UK'. Aina Khan Law Ltd for example are signed up with The Law Society for England & Wales. You turned the case round completely"< div>...


Will Taborn Ltd: Sadly when it comes to business law, costs can vary far more than with consumer matters. Unlike most firms that use the News Blog area to simply write a bunch of extra thinly disguised sales pitches - these are some real articles with highly niche topics . If you've r...


Hutcheon Law Solicitors: In all though, we hope you can see why we wanted to add this firm to our network and the solicitor search function. But if your case wins, the solicitor may take up to a 25% cut of your settlement. There is an unbelievably huge number of personal injury firms out the...


Penn Chambers Ltd: At the moment it is mostly property law firms and their clients https: www.clc-uk.org watch-out-for-conveyancing-fraud " that are being targeted by scammers< a> trying to get deposits sent to the wrong bank details. Don't underestimate the usefullness of such basic i...


Frank Rogers Motoring Solicitor: This is limited to 30 minutes."< div> They also appear to have a genuine Blog section. It's always a good idea to bookmark a law firm's site if you plan to return to it frequently. class="infoquote "I have represented clients facing prosecution for driving offen...


OJ Solicitors Glasgow: Sadly, founding dates can be merely marketing ploys. Just make sure to read the comments and not just flick through star ratings. Whilst there are hundreds of law firms proudly stating 'established in 1881' - it is impossible for there to be a 150-year-old solicitor sat behi...


Kudos Legal Solicitors: A lot of staff being mentioned by name in the reviews too. For all we know, Glasgow are getting all the good reviews and Preston are simply average. So how can you check the background of any firm to see how their claims stack up? The first point of call we would recommen...


Serious Injury Law Solicitors: Their staff pages do indeed have direct email addresses for each individual solicitor. The official website we link to above is www.seriousinjurylaw.co.uk with the www.seriouslaw.co.uk version redirecting you there as well. It may therefore be a good idea to bookmark the ...


5 Essex Court Chambers & Partners: However with 5 Essex Court there seems to be a wealth of information, articles and reviews available right from the outset. However under the new Direct Access scheme members of the public are able to hire a barrister directly. https: www.legal500.com firms 9330-chambers...


Avery & Walters Ltd: Some people just skip through the general ratings without really looking into how those ratings were gained. Of course some of it is just common sense and a bit of online experience. This article is only about the Avery Walters side though and the website for them is www.ave...


AWH Legal Ltd: class="infoquote "We are a modern multi-service law firm based in Manchester and Blackburn, proudly providing award-winning legal services to clients nationwide."< div> This opening line from AWH solicitors does help put the mind at ease about it being a genuine l...


HH Law Ltd: Plus we see some people calling them Hampson and Hughes too. We don't like them for various reasons such as often being misleading and helping reduce claims to simply being about money. For example, if they have obtained more compensation for you than the insurance company o...


Lawcommercial Trading Ltd: Far too often we see companies - not just law firms - fill up their blog section with the most thin articles you'll ever see that are mainly just more sales pitches about how great their firm is. The same goes for www.lawcommsolicitors.co.uk or www.lawcommsolicitors.com or a...


Redwood Collections Ltd: Redwood managed to get my money back. By now though, we would actually suggest avoiding any firm that doesn't engage in good technology-based service such as video conferencing or fast email responses. Their website is expectedly at www.redwoodcollections.com with www.r...


AJLO Solicitors: A large number of firms will proudly display ancient establishment dates such as "Founded in 1881", yet on checking their staff records you'll see not one of them has more than 1-10 years of actual experience as a solicitor. But here's an example of one negative review...


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