Finding a "good" solicitor - a.k.a. Avoiding the Bad!

 

 

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Running any sort of website generates a LOT of email.  One question I am often asked is "How do I find a good solicitor?".  There is no easy answer... but you might like to try this...

  1. Ask around, friends, family, anyone you trust who doesn't have a vested interest in recommending anyone

  2. When asking... always ask for FACTS.  Lots of folks will say "so and so was ok, good" etc. but this doesn't tell you much.  Try and find out what they charged?  How long it took?  Did it cost more or less than the estimate?  What type of work? (expertise in one field does not necessarily carry over to another, and not all partners in a firm are equal).

  3. Create a short list.

  4. Visit each one on the list on the www and see what you think.  Find out the names of ALL the partners.

  5. Dig for dirt.  Do an internet search on the firm and on each and ever partner by name - reject any that have "bad-press" - you really don't need to take the risk that they will do to you what they did to someone else.

  6. When you have narrowed it down... ask for a free consultation and go and interview them.  If you like them get a (free) written estimate.  You may also find some free legal advice that way.

  7. Don't be afraid to change your mind... if necessary ... start again... this is probably a BIG decision and the wrong one can leave you severely out of pocket.

Check the dark-lists and protest sites and the name-and-shame sites... a partial list here.

 

Anyone looking for a family practitioner would do well to check out this link and this one

 

Paul runs a great news service http://www.unjustis.co.uk/News/News_Roundup.htm

Do you want to run the risk with a Firm where one or more of the partners have been convicted of a crime?

 

Rick runs another service http://www.solicitorsfromhell.co.uk - use it to find the ones to avoid, use it to warn others.

 

The list below are the current (22/07/2008) listings from Rick's site... as he says "There are 317 listed here so far.  Remember, it's 99% of solicitors that give the rest a bad name! " As a rough guide, the more times a firm is listed the worse you may (reasonably) expect them to be. Old Page Here

 

Please don't take risks... Good Luck!

 

A S LAW 

A and H Solicitors 

ALLEN AND PARTNERS 

ANY 

AVERY NAYLOR 

Aaron and Partners Chester 

Adams Harrison 

Alfred Newton & Co 

Alsters Kelley Solicitor 

Alsters Kelley Solicitors 

Amphletts 

Andrew Murchison 

Anthony Collins 

Anthony Gold Solicitor 

Anthony Ziade and Associates 

Atha and Co 

BANSKI & CO 

BENNETTS SOLICITORS 

BENNETTS SOLICITORS 

Bar Standards Board 

Barber Cartain 

Barnard & Co 

Barnard & Co 

Barnard & Company 

Barnard and Co 

Barrister India Buildings Liverpool 

Barrister, No.5 Fountain Court Birmingham 

Barristers Chambers 

Beverly Davies Guthrie 

Bindmans Solicitors 

Blackadders 

Blake Lapthorne 

Booths 

Bradleys Solicitors 

Brand & Co 

Bremners 

Bross Bennett LLP 

Brown Jacobson 

Burns 

Byrt & Co 

C.Black & Co. 

CAUNTERS SOLICITORS 

CITY OF LIVERPOOL-LITIGATION GROUP 

CKFT 

CW Law 

Cadmans 

Caffrey & Co 

Carrick Carr & Wright 

Cassam And Batrick 

Chafes 

Clarke Wilmott Clarke 

Clarke Wilmott Clarke 

Clement Jones 

Clement Jones 

Clerk to counsel Mr N Bowen 

Cobbetts 

Coldham Shield & Mace 

Coles Miller 

Cooper Carter Clairmont 

Cottams Solicitors 

Cox Cooper 

Craig Gee Solicitors 

Cree Godfrey Wood 

Crimminal Departments 

Cromwell Solicitors 

Culley McCalpine 

D W F LIVERPOOL

DEMONSTRATION IN LONDON 

DOLMANS SOLICITORS 

DONKEY COMPANY 

DUTTON GREGORY 

David Burrows Solicitors 

Dickinson Parker Hill 

Dixon Thomasson Partnership 

Donald S Lampe 

Douglas Jones & Mercer 

Douglas Wood Thompson or DWT 

Drew Jones Solicitors 

E A Ball 

E. Rex Makin 

E. Rex Makin & Co. 

E. Rex Makin & Co 

E. Rex Makin & Co. 

EWAN HARRIS & CO DORNOCH 

EWAN,HARRIS & CO 

Edward Hayes 

Emery Johnson 

England Palmer 

England Palmer 

Everett Tomlin Lloyd & Pratt 

Eversheds 

Evilll and Coleman

Ewan Harris & Co 

F.B.Keating & Co 

FDC Law 

FDC Law 

FDC Law 

FENDOM DAWSON & PARTNERS 

Feltons Solicitors 

Feltons Solicitors 

Fendom & Dawson Solicitors 

Fendom Dawson 

Fendom Dawson 

Fisch & Co 

Follett Stock 

Forbes 

Forshaws 

Friths the Compensation Lawyers 

Fulton Robertson 

GEOFFREY PARKER BOURNE & CO 

GORDONS INVESTIGATORS FOR THE LAW SOCIETY 

Geoffrey Parker Bourne 

George H. Coles & Co Solicitors 

George More & Co 

Godloves 

Godloves 

Goldinghams 

Goldinghams 

Goldinghams 

Golds 

Goldsmith Williams solicitors 

Goodmans Solicitors 

Goodwin Cowley 

Grant Smith Law Practice 

Gregsons 

Gregsons Solicitors 

Gullands 

Guthrie Jones and Jones 

H.K.& H.S Bloomer & Co 

Hamlins 

Hancock and Caffin 

Hanover Property Lawyers 

Harrisons Gardener 

Hopkins Law LLC 

Hunt & Coombs Solicitors 

IBB Solicitors 

Iain H Gow 

Ian Newbery & Co 

Ian S Smart & Co 

India Buildings Barristers chambers 

Irwin Mitchell 

Irwin Mitchell 

Irwin Mitchell 

JOHN COLLINS AND PARTNERS 

James & Charles Dodd 

John Collins and Partners 

John Henderson @ Sons 

John Morris Solicitors 

Judge & Priestley 

Judges Chambers Liverpool Court 

Kenningham Underwood Armstrong 

King Street Partnership 

Kingston Racial Equality Council 

Kirklands 

LINSKILL SOLICITORS 

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL 

LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL 

Lambert Pugh 

Lambert Pugh 

Law & Milne 

Law society 

Lee Crowder now Cobbetts 

Leeds City Council\'s Legal, Democratic Dept 

Legal Aid Franchise Solicitors 

Legal Complaints Service

Legal aid special cases unit 

Leo Abse Cohen 

Lester Aldridge 

Levenes Solicitors 

Lindsay Sait & Turner 

Linskills Solicitors 

Liverpool City Council 

Liverpool City Council 

Liverpool Solicitors 

Lloyd Green Solicitors 

MAIDMENTS SOLICITORS 

MARSHALL SUTTON JONES 

MAXWELL HODGE 

MAXWELL HODGE 

MORECROFTS SOLICITORS 

MORTON FISHER 

MOSS AND COLEMAN 

MULLIS & PEAKE 

Macandrew and Jenkins 

Mackenzie & Co Solicitors 

Mackesys Solicitors 

Macrory Ward 

Mander Cruickshank 

Marcus Lee & Co 

Marsdens 

Mary Monson Solicitors 

Maxwell Entwistle and Byrne now Maxwell Hodge 

Maxwell Hodge 

Maxwell Hodge 

McGoldricks 

McGrigors 

Merseyside Police 

Merseyside Police 

Michael Ryan 

Miller Parris Solicitors 

Minaides Robson - Incorporating Messrs Samuel McCleery 

Morecroft Solicitors 

Morecroft Solicitors 

Morecroft and Maxwell Hodge Solicitors 

Morecrofts Solicitors 

Morgan & Cole 

Moss and Coleman 

Moss and Coleman 

Murchison Law 

NK Legal Solicitors 

NORTH SHORE LAWYERS 

Nathaniel Felton Solicitors 

Nathaniel Felton Solicitors 

Nicolas & Co. 

Northern Rivers Lawyers/Conveyhancers 

Northwood Law Practice 

O\'Donnells Solicitors 

Ombusman 

Oriel Chambers 

Overburys 

PANZA-SIRRELL 

Palmers 

Paris Smith Randall 

Park Court Chambers 

Parker Arrenberg Dawson & Cobb 

Paul Watson & CO 

Penningtons 

Personal Injury Solicitors Leeds 

Peter Horada & Co. 

Peter Williams and co 

Primrose @ Gordon 

Principle Law 

Principle Law Ltd 

Purdie & Co 

R T Law 

R T Law Solicitors 

ROWBERRY MORRIS SOLICITORS 

RTL 

RTL

RTL

RUSSELL AND AITKEN, DENNY 

Rait & Co 

Rait and Co 

Rayner Hudson Bennett 

Rayner Hudson Bennett & Co 

Rex Makin & Co 

Richard Crumly 

Richard Nixon Austin Carnley 

Rollingsons Solicitors 

Royds Solicitors 

Rubens 

Rubens 

Russell & Russell 

Russell & Russell 

Russell Jones and Walker 

Russell and Russell 

SHARMAN AND SON 

Sharpes Solicitors 

Shepherd Wedderburn 

Simon Stowe 

Smith Parternship 

Solicitors for CDS Ass 

Stephensons 

Stephensons 

Stone Rowe Brewer Solicitors 

Stormonth Darling Solicitors 

Surrey County Council Legal Department 

THE MACKENZIE LAW PRACTICE 

THOMSON & BANCKS 

THORNEYCROFTS 

TSH Burns & Son 

TSH Burns now Burns 

Tennant and Knights 

The Law Society 

The Specter Partnership 

Thomas Eggar 

Thorntons WS 

Thorntons of Dundee 

Thorntons of Dundee 

Thos Boyd Whyte 

Thos Boyd Whyte 

Tibb & Co Solicitors 

Tibb & Co 

Tibb & Co 

Tony Bennett 

Tustain Jones & co. 

Unity Street Chambers 

W.G.Boyle 

WANK SOLICITORS 

WARNER GOODMAN & STREAT 

WIDDOWS MASON 

Walker & Sharpe 

Wallace Reidy 

Warners 

Watson Nevill Solicitors 

Weightmans 

Wells & Co Solicitors 

Wendy Hopkins and co 

Wendy Twigge 

Wenlock Nonsuch Solicitors LLP 

Williams Law Chambers Ltd Solicitors 

Withers LLP 

Withy King 

Woolsey Morris & Kennedy 

Woolsey Morris and Kennedy 

Worcester Race Equality Centre

Yablons 

Youngs Solicitors 

ZENITH CHAMBERS LEEDS 

scumRus 

 

Below is the list (as at 22nd July 2008) from Parents4Protest

Visit them here ... http://www.parents4protest.co.uk/ 

Do you NEED to take the risk with any of these firms (above or below) for anything?

 

Alan Brookes, Hooper and Woolen Solicitors, Carlton House, 30 The Terrace, Torquay, Devon TQ1 1BS

Alison Mc'Donald Solicitors 389-395 Anlaby Road, Hull
Allerton Kaye Solicitors 7 Southbrook Terrace Bradford BD7 1AB
Alsters Kelley Solicitors, Coventry, Leamington Spa & Nuneaton
Avery Naylor 35/36 Walter Road Swansea SA15NW
Berry and Berry Solicitors, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Maidstone, Kent
Blackwell Solicitors, 10 Cross Street Barnstaple, Devon. EX31 1BA
Blair and Bryden Solicitors Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland
Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors Rougemont House, Rougemont Close, Manor Road, Wiltshire, SP1 1LY0
Bray & Bray Solicitors, Station Road, Hinckley, Leicestershire
Brunton & Co Solicitors 6 Upper Portland Street Aberystwyth, SY23 2DU
Chanter Ferguson Solicitors, 17 The Quay, Bideford, Devon. EX39 2EN
Cheesman and Co Solicitors North Ho/17 North John St, Liverpool, L2 5QY
Coleman's Solicitors 21 Marlow Road Maidenhead Berks SL6 7AA
Cooper Carter Claremont Solicitors 1 North Street, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1DA
Cooper Nimmo Solicitors 237 Church Street Blackpool, Lancashire FY13PB Cooper Nimmo
Cox McQueen Howard Tain Bradford St Walsall
Cox McQueen Howard Tain Brownhills
Darlington & Parkinson Solicitors, 78, Pitshanger Lane, Ealing, London West W5 1QX
Davies, Parsons, Allchurch Solicitors 8-10 Queen Victoria Rd, Llanelli Dyfed SA15
Diamonds Solicitors Lincoln House 184 Queens Road Buckhurst Hill Essex IG9 5BD
Elaw Ltd Solicitors division of Mark Saunders and Co Solicitors Gorseinon Swansea West Glamorgan SA4 4AD
Fennemores Solicitors Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes MK9 1LL
Forbes solicitors 1-3 Farrington Lane, Chorley
G Huw Lewis Solicitors 37 Alfred St Neath SA11 1EN Tel: 01639 637181
Goldstones Solicitors 10 Walter Road, Swansea, West Glam SA1 5NF
Goodwins Family Solicitors 5 Warner House, Harrovian Business Village, Bessbourgh Road, Harrow, HA13EX,
Gosschalks Solicitors Queens gardens, Hull
Hutchinson Thomas Solicitors, Chambers Neath Gnoll Chambers
Humfrys and Symonds solicitors, Saint John's Chambers,1 Stain
Jackson West Solicitors, 3 Trinity Street, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6BL
James H Tonner Johns &Co Solicitors 48 Walter Rd Swansea Glam SA1 5PW
Jeremy Ferguson, Chanter Ferguson Solicitors, 17 The Quay, Bideford, Devon. EX39 2EN
Lamb Brooks Solicitors Victoria house, 39 Winchester Street, Basingstoke, Hampshire
Mark Christie Yablons Solicitors Forward house 8 duke street, Bradford, BD1 3QX.
Max Barford and Co Solicitors, Family Law 16 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1QU
Miller Sands Solicitors, 75/79 Regent Street Cambridge CB2 1BE
Myer Wolff King Solicitors William House, Market Place Hull
Ogden Lyles & Fox Solicitors ,32 Wellington Road, Eccles, Manchester, Lancashire M30 0NP
Parker Bird Solicitors 24-28 Queen Street Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD1 2SP
Patrick Perusko solicitor, Bedford, Newport Pagnell and Milton Keynes
Peter Williams & Co Solicitors 93 Walter Road Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 5QA
Phillip Hamer Solicitors, 9-11 Scale Lane, Hull
Philippa Pearson Badgers and Badgers Solicitors Family Law in Partnership
Platt and Fishwick Solicitors, The Old Bank, King Street, Wigan, Lancashire, WN1 1DB
Russell Jones & Walker Solicitors 11th Floor The McLaren Building 35 Dale End Birmingham UK B4 7LN
Scott Richards Solicitors, Family Law Scala House, Lawn Terrace, Dawlish, EX7 9HA
Stamp Jackson Proctor Solicitors, 5 Parliment Street, Hull
Stantons Solicitors 118 High Street, Strood, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4TT
Stephenson's Solicitors 26 Union Street, Leigh, Lancashire, WN7 1AT
Tallintire Aileen Solicitors Prince George Sq, South Shields, NE33 2BE
Tanner and Taylor Solicitors of Farnborough, Hants 32 Victoria Road, Farnborough, Hampshire GU14 7NZ
Tanner and Taylor Solicitors, Offices at Aldershot, Farnham, Fleet and Bordon
Thackray Williams Solicitors Kings House 32-40 WIidmore Road, Bromley, Kent KENT BR1 1RY
T. G. Baynes Solicitors Down House 303 High Street, Orpington, Kent BR6 0NJ
T Llewellyn Jones Solicitors Guildhall Chambers 2 Church Place Neath SA11 3LL
Toni Sinclair, See Blackwell Solicitors, 10 Cross Street Barnstaple, Devon. EX31 1BA
Welch & Co Solicitors 40 St Mary St, Cardigan, SA43 1ET
 

Good Luck!

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