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:

Brodies Solicitors LLP: But these days, the majority of law firms we work with are at varying points on that scale between those two extremes. The official site is www.brodies.com and at the moment www.brodies.co.uk does not redirect you there. Hopefully it's apparent that 1to1Legal is not ju...


PCS Legal Conveyancing: It introduces a regulatory name many may not be familiar with . We are a firm of Property Lawyers and Probate Practitioners regulated by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers"< div> That snippet is from the website of a property focused firm called PCS Legal who list ...


Dispute Resolver Consultancy: More from the Citizens Advice site: class="infoquote "The main advantages of solving a problem with ADR are: it's usually cheaper, more flexible, faster and less stressful than going to court, you might receive compensation and it's confidential ... Normally at ...


CWJ Solicitors & Notaries: That's a wide cross-section of seasoned heads with fresh eyes if you don't mind mixing some metaphors. It's the only way you'll get a proper picture. The official website is www.cwj.co.uk and it is HTTPS secure if you want to submit your personal details in their contact...


Baker Hardman Ltd: So what are people saying on the comment forums? class="infoquote "good communication, successful,resolution and great compassion" "handled professionally and efficiently" "kept me updated so I was in the know" "without hassle and explained everything perfectly"...

Solidaire Law Ltd: When firms had to rely on local word of mouth or distance between a customer and any advert they could place - legal practices would tend to try and take as many different case types as possible to ensure a steady stream of business. Make sure any firm you are thinking of us...


Defank Solicitors Croydon: The firms official website address is usually listed in the SRA certificate. Ancient founding dates are often touted to make people think the firm is well established and therefore that must mean they have plenty of experience. But you can get a 40-year veteran lawyer from...


Large & Gibson Solicitors: Obviously they will not have a 120-year-old solicitor on staff - so that number doesn't help you work out whether they will provide a competent legal professional with the skills you need. Many firms provide client testimonials on their website and Large & Gibson do this a...


HCR Law Solicitors: Every firm will put amazing sounding sales-pitches on their websites: class="infoquote "Our passion for people is at the heart of everything we do ... They offer a highly useful selection of data to the public about the legal professionals registered with them. Ofte...


Horsley Holdings Ltd: We've long advocated people use this online resource when looking into hiring a legal professional because they provide a wealth of information about each firm's contact details, alternate trading names, languages spoken, and the experience expertise of individual solicito...


Law Solicitors: So you need to pay attention to the websites you are on and the emails you receive. As already covered, this firm's name to search for on The Law Society website and the Solicitors Regulatory Authority website is All Law Ltd. The name they use on their branding howeve...


Eve Lake Conveyancing: Did you know that 'solicitors' and 'lawyers' are not the same thing in the UK? If you didn't know, don't worry. However, if you already know there might be legal issues surrounding your sale such as a boundary dispute or if the sellers are getting divorced - then the extra l...


Amy King Solicitor: But definitely, make sure the person you're hiring seems interested in you, has at least some experience, and targets the areas of law your case falls under. If it was an award for best logo design, then that's not really helpful towards picking them as a legal representativ...

Heritage Park Family Law: A solicitor may not be able to represent you in court while a barrister can. Many amazing firms with a long histories have only a handful or even zero reviews. Some charge a fee for this service. When it comes to online reviews though there are two things you need to rememb...


McCarthy and Co Solicitors: This offers huge advantages when trying to verify a law firm or look into which is best for you. So what are they saying? class="infoquote "Communication was always clear, professional, and friendly" "very helpful and quick to respond to any of my queries" ...


Oakwood Property Solicitors: class="infoquote "Our dedicated team of lawyers are committed in delivering the service you deserve by providing tailored legal solutions with your best interest at heart."< div> Luckily there are several things you can do to get background information on firms...


A.C.S.L. Solicitors: Always make sure you are on the correct website and never discuss payment details via email.. If firm says they have been established for over 150 years for example, that doesn't mean there is a 150 year old guru solicitor sitting behind the desk running everything. So if a...


Sternberg Reed Solicitors: we want to ensure every potential client has the opportunity to have a free 15 minute consultation with a lawyer."< div> A quick note on navigation. You have to enter 'sternberg reed solicitors romford' or 'sternberg reed grays office'. We've seen so many news headline...


Eatons Solicitors Ltd: Never compare average star ratings for legal services. The official site is currently www.eatons-solicitors.co.uk with www.eatons-solicitors.com redirecting you there. Also 'eatons solicitors leeds' will bring up different reviews to 'eatons bradford'. class="infoquo...


WYM Legal Solicitors: Unlike most other organisations, this one provides a wealth of information on any firm registered with it. This is especially important when it comes to conveyancing firms. It's not uncommon to see even some of the country's top conveyancing companies with 2 star or ...


Thomas & Thomas Solicitors: class="infoquote "Whether you are looking for legal advice for personal or business matters, our friendly and professional team is here to help."< div> One thing to watch for are firms that imply< u> experience rather than actually having any. So making sure yo...


Wolf Law Ltd: Such as this cutting above from their website. The majority of companies in any industry pay a content writer to fill their website pages. It sounds great, but if you think about it there won't be a single firm that claims to be 'nonsense spouting', 'dishonest', or 'uncaring...


SG Murphy & Co Ltd: We had to search for the exact firm name which was entered as 'S.G Murphy' with the full stop. There is an https: murphysolicitors.co.uk expert-articles " expert articles< a> section with various titles such as 'Have you been affected by the PSNI Data Breach' or 'The g...


Walker Foster Ltd: The official site is www.walkerfoster.com although there is a mirror site on www.walkerfoster.co.uk it is currently showing as not-https secure. If all firms claim to be modern, friendly, and experienced (which they will because none will claim to be unfriendly, out of date,...


Harrisons Thames Valley Solicitors LLP: Never discuss payments via email. class="infoquote "Our lawyers can assist you with everything from creating legally binding wills to dealing with probate issues. We had to look up individual listing information and reviews for each individual office. You are not wal...


Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd: Both are HTTPS secure for submitting your personal details via the contact forms. You can read more about that phenomenon local here< a>. class="infoquote "At Girlings we embrace change and are quick to adapt to meet the needs of our clients."< div> There ...


UVS Law Ltd: These include work visas, business visas, study visas, family visas, tourist visas, and transit visas. UK Immigration Law is governed by the Immigration Act 1971, which has undergone several amendments over the years such as Chagos Islanders acquiring British nationality. Yo...


Kee Solicitors Family Law: All firms will say they have these qualities. The branding matches the web address with www.keesolicitors.co.uk being the official site. It could mean as little as a 5 minute chat with a trainee solicitor or just a call centre operator with a templated questionnaire over the...


Waterstone PS: Common sense dictates there will not be a 200-year-old wise old lawyer running the place. Because they also provide the qualification dates and areas of law focused on by each solicitor. That got us thinking. 'waterstone partnership bradford'. class="infoquote "com...


Mark Croft Motor Offence: If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk organisation people 452404 mark-croft-solicitor?Solicitors=True" look up the page< a> for Mark Croft you'll see he definitely does have those many years (qualified in 1994) and he specialises in Motor Offense matters. There have ...


EMD Law Solicitors: Some people have https: www.telegraph.co.uk money katie-investigates thought-did-everything-right-100k-house-deposit-transferred " handed their entire house deposit< a> into a fraudster's bank account after receiving an official-looking email saying the payment details ha...


Lyons Law: class="infoquote "Lyons is an established and Progressive Law Firm in Bristol providing a personal and cost effective legal service for individual and commercial clients."< div> Of course, the wider range of services available and the massive 100+ page websites ...


Brian Barr Ltd: The firm's branding is reflected in the web address with the official site being simply www.brianbarr.co.uk (www.brianbarr.com does not redirect there). Google has been moving towards a more local setup for reviews though, so sometimes you have to enter the location of the c...


Frei Solicitors Ltd: class="infoquote "We determine our client’s objectives during the initial meeting, and always work towards our client’s timetable. class="infoquote "We work with law firms in other jurisdictions, where we have close links and strong personal relationships,...


Drummond and Miller Solicitors: It's a resource we constantly recommend to people . class="infoquote "whilst your day to day dealings may be with your local branch, your case or transaction will be supervised by one of our solicitors who is an expert in that particular area of the law"< div> . The...


Calio Claims by Lindsays: You'd be amazed at the number of law firms with 5 star reviews for their new menu or 1 star reviews for the poor parking in the town centre. If you are looking for information or reviews about the firmm Google has change a little recently and you may have to enter t...


EDC Lord Solicitors: There is also a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section that addresses common questions and concerns clients may have. class="infoquote "Our core values are integrity and trust, the encouragement of innovation, teamwork and the continuing personal development of eve...


Nicholson Jones Sutton Solicitors Ltd: It's always important to focus when doing things online that might involve large sums of money being transferred back and forth. So when we write something positive, we're just genuinely positive. There are plenty of other sentences on law firm's websites that can he...


Cullimore Dutton Solicitors Ltd: Never be afraid to ring up the official number you have to check on anything. . 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 d...


The Law Partnership Ltd: (I know, it sounds simple now.) class="infoquote "We provide sound, practical advice in many aspects of the legal industry."< div> Luckily there is a great resource on the website of The Law Society of England & Wales. With the firm having generic terms in the b...


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: If you've already flicked through a dozen law firm websites today looking for one that can help you with your case, you may have noticed that most of them have the same sort of language which makes it difficult to tell them apart. This can be difficult when looking up commen...


Wildcat Law Solicitors: But a quick note on navigation. Alot of firms might state they are 'award winning' without ever actually letting you know whether that award was for best logo design or something actually useful for practicing law. This lets you gauge the amount of actual experience a law fi...


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: This is something to watch out for though. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 469218 a-city-law-firm-limited" check the page< a> for any firm you'll be provided any alternate brand names used, a list of staff, contact details, case types specialised in, and...


Buchanan & Co Solicitors Ltd: And they talk normal" "easy to get through to my solicitor and they replied to me promptly" "Put him at ease from the word go" "Everything we wanted was sorted promptly"< div> There were a lot of positive messages left on the boards, but sadly not a lot of g...


Goldsmith Bowers Solicitors Ltd: With people moving more freely between companies these days that is even less true now than it was fifty years ago. www.goldsmith&bowers.com .co.uk can't exist). If you need to check up on any firm you can usually do so through their local Law Society. The idea bein...


Guardian Law Ltd: This may provide a whole extra set of https: guardian.online blog " free help articles< a> which might be of use. That shouldn't cause too much confusion . That's a good four decades of combined experience between them. We've seen a law practice praised for its 'tasty ...


Backhouse Solicitors Ltd: etc. People have handed over tens of thousands in home deposits to fraudulent bank accounts sometimes based on nothing more than an official-looking email stating the payment details have changed. No firm will ever claim to be antiquated, backward thinking, with no expertise...


WH Law Ltd: You can see for WH their main lawyer Waleed Hassan has been practising law since 2011. The amount of expertise and experience is a huge factor in selecting a firm. That is not always an incorrect use of the word. Sometimes based on nothing more than a single official-looking...


2 Harcourt Chambers: We've been doing this 20 years and didn't understand a lot of it either. Clarity for the public should be just as important to the Bar Standards Council but, at the moment at least, it does not seem to be. If you've already been through a dozen other law firm's sites befor...


MJV Law Solicitors: We've been working in the legal industry for over 20 years now and can certainly remember a lot more 'XZY & Son' brands being around. We've seen solicitor's praised for the great pizza and a criminal law firm criticised for not handling divorces. The branding is mostly 'MJ...


Bridge McFarland Solicitors: They state alternative company names, all office addresses, specialist case types, and most importantly - qualification dates of each solicitor within the firm. Just typing 'bridge mcfarland' currently shows nothing on Google, you have to type in the full 'bridge mcfarland l...


Woodstock Legal Services Ltd: We've seen lawyers rated 5 stars for their great new menu and a divorce specialist given 1 star for refusing to take a criminal defence case. If you https: solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk office 562283 woodstock-legal-services-limited" check the page< a> for this firm you'll...


The Lady Barrister: We think that lends far more weight to the review so have decided to include such snippets this time. So if you've spent the last few hours reading endless sales-pitch paragraphs on solicitor websites - this might be a welcome break: class="infoquote "... cl...


Summerfield Browne: We've been hoping that for many years and it's getting there . We've been working in the legal industry for over 20 years so have met plenty on the way. However, since this firm handles business matters as well we gave them a little more weight as the company's own bran...


Thaxted Legal Immigration: We've written over 200+ articles on legal service providers in the UK with tips on what to look for when trying to get legal help, resources you can use, and things to avoid. Sometimes, like many consumers, we just have to go with our gut. There are countless numbers ...


Smith & Graham Solicitors: Make sure you're on the correct site and don't discuss bank details or payments via email.. class="infoquote "We are a multi-disciplined law practice providing high quality, cost effective legal services to individuals whatever the legal issue."< div> Bringing...


Brown & Co Solicitors: If a firm states they have a certain number of years' experience 'within the firm' this usually means they've added up all staff's experience together to make the number bigger. 'brown and co solicitors london' . On top of that there are useful staff profiles on their ...


Mac Jones Solicitors: The Law Society of England & Wales is a site we've long praised for it's bountiful information and simple layout. If you're not sure, phone the official number you have been given - not the phone number being provided in the actual email you are suspicious of. . and recom...


Hill House Chambers Barristers: So always call the official phone number you have to check with the firm about such emails you've received. A solicitor's firm will have all staff working as if it's one big company together. One thing we think the firm could improve on is fuller profiles for each of t...


Stowe Family Law Solicitors: The official site we link to above is www.stowefamilylaw.co.uk with www.stowefamilylaw.com not currently showing any firm. So the name is still quite unique. But you've probably come across a dozen law firms that claim to be the 'best', 'specialist' or 'largest in' such-and-...


LRose Law Ltd: On that last one: class="infoquote "Specialising in: ... It seems that communication is good and there is definitely some feedback about Rose Fendlen's goal of displaying geniune compassion for their clients. Many firms use the same sales language, offer similar ser...


Bellax Solicitors: But absolutely no solicitor should charge you any fees for running the case or if the case loses. If you check out the page for this firm you'll see a range of experienced staff covering almost all of the last three decades. Bell Lax don't do this, which is probably ju...


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. But that also means the quote about '30 years' on the firm's website most likely relates to how...


The Legal Practice Solicitors: You can end up with a 1-year-qualified lawyer from a 300-year-old brand name the same as you can end up with a 40-year-experienced lawyer from a 2-year-old firm. That's an understandable position considering company testimonials tend to be all positive and not always includi...


Young & Co Solicitors: That information is thankfully intact. It may seem odd for a legal practice to claim they are 'specialists' when they list a wide range of case types handled at the firm. As we've said before, that should really provide a best-of-both-worlds situation where clients get the...


Lefevres Scotland Ltd: The age of the firm's branding is irrelevant and often a very tenuous claim anyway. www.lefevres.co.uk brings up nothing and www.lefevres.com is an accountancy firm. There are lots of other little bits and pieces around the web that most regular consumers may not notice. At ...


David Stinson & Co Solicitors: Unlike other services such as hairdressers, restaurants, or a car wash - most people don't rush online to share their experience about a messy divorce, life-changing injury, or embarrassing bankruptcy proceedings. class="infoquote "We at David Stinson & Co strive to pr...


Cook's Solicitors: Whilst many firms provide testimonials on their websites, these are not normally given much attention. 99.9999% of people involved in a property sale (obviously exaggerating for effect but essentially a truth) feel it should have gone faster and been easier. class="inf...


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