Law Soc moots class action against Solicitors from Hell website

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  • The legal profession needs to look itself in the mirrior and ask why it has attracted record number of complaints in recent years, more than any other profession I believe. The public view of the Law Society and the SRA is that they are more like trade bodies rather for the consumer protection or interest.
    Clearly, self regulation no longer works or is trusted by the public and therefore a more robust and completely independent regulator is the answer if the profession is serious about restoring the public trust and confidence.

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  • Don't worry about freedom of speech. Let's just make a step back and bring China here. Well done Law Society and Bar Council!

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  • dear law soc - don't forget about that guy who ran ACS law, his scam was much worse.

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  • If the process that was in place for complaints worked or was more tranparent the need or perceived need for this website would be non existent. All the general public are looking for is accountablilty, the same that they receive in day to day life.

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  • The solicitors profession attracts record levels of complaints. It has done for years and there is no sign that anyone is getting on top of it, although the LSA is meant to help address this. Having been on the ‘Solicitors from Hell’ website, the complaints I looked at were well documented and people seem to believe that they have genuine grievances. I wouldn’t want to be any of the firms fingered by complainants!

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  • I completely understand why this website exists. I work in the law - have complained against another law firm and the response provided by the Law Society certianly does not inspire or motivate one to complain!:
    "We are grateful to you for bringing this matter to our attention. Our purpose is to ensure that clients receive a good service from the firms and individuals we regulate, and we rely upon information from others to ensure that any risks to the public are identified swiftly.
    The information which you have provided has been carefully assessed. If we consider that the information you have provided, and any other information we may hold, means that we should make further enquiries or take action, I can assure you that we will do so.
    We may seek further information from you if that is necessary, but we do not generally provide reports on our enquiries. I recognise that this may be disappointing to you but I hope that you will understand the reasons. It is partly because our enquiries may include confidential information, but also because we try to devote our resources to taking action if we consider there is a risk to the public. Where we do take formal action leading to serious disciplinary and regulatory outcomes the results are published on our website in most circumstances."

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  • I think someone should start a "doctors from hell" and a "hospital consultants from hell" website. I have some good material. Such sites would give the BMA apoplexy.
    Also pathologists from hell eg Freddy Patel.

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  • There are more than 1,000 posts about lawyers on solicitorsfromhell. Rick Kordowski started the site after proving to the law Society that two lawyers, one acting for him and one against, colluded to defraud him of his home, his business and over £100,000. He was awarded £500 compensation. He cannot therefore afford representation. He is not the best litigant in person. However, less than twenty lawyers have challenged their postings, with the shallow claim that they won't get their costs back. If they had genuine claims to be removed they would stomach the £10,000 costs. Rick Kordowski is learning, however, (albeit perhaps slowly) and this class action is a disgusting attempt by a crooked legal profession to close him down before he gets to the Appeal stage. In his case against Awdry, Bailey and Douglas/Bressington vs solicitorsfromhell, the applicants did not prosecute the source, only the publisher, despite threats to do so, and succeeded in a late application to waive the initial interim hearing when they saw the weak defence papers prepared by Kordowski. They then tried to block late submission of papers by the defendant. Very fishy, just what were they worried about? Another twist......Bressington, the lawyer complained of, sits on the SRA, and this is one of the Appeals that is taking a long time to be dealt with.

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  • Throughout 3 1/2 years I had repeated grounds to complain about the conduct of the other sides solicitor. I was advised by my own solicitor that all I could do was to complain to the Law Society once it was all over. I did this and the newly named Legal Ombudsman sent me this reply, "The Legal Ombudsman is only able to investigate service complaints about lawyers who have acted for the complainant. We are unable to investigate complaints about the conduct of a lawyer or a lawyer who has acted for a third party. " They then pointed me towards the SRA, but I then discovered that they have a time limit. Why is that? If misconduct has taken place then surely it should be robustly investigated? I was so exhausted with the process after 31/2 years I needed a break.

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  • I think these websites are good ,it will help to clean the Legal field out of corrupt solicitors. Take it for insance at a time of investing a solicitors firm of a missing money, we were imformed from the vine yard that those solicitors have various bank accounts in Foreing Names. Make your own guess.

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  • I think a proper complaints channel is good for the legal profession.
    I hired some solicitors to advise on a legal structure for a biofuels plant.
    The advice I got was awful. Had I followed it then the funding would have been unlawful. Fortunately the other side's solicitors came up with a solution which was lawful.
    Now I've found the law firm I advised are using their excellent help for a Regional Research Body as an example of when they've been fantastic. They weren't, it's brazen lies and there's no outlet to correct this.

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  • I left my last job because a colleague made up a series of lies about my performance. Fortunately I was able to find email evidence to demonstrate the claims were wholly false.
    Although it happened nearly three years ago, I plan to go to the Law Society and report her for dishonesty.
    Will she be struck off? Not in a month of Sundays. The Law Society don't act decisively. Therefore individuals like Kordowski fill the gap.
    If the Law Society wants to stop this website - they should show they will strike off bad / dishonest solicitors.

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  • Surely paying clients are entitled to receive the best advice and service from their lawyer, especially with the price they are/have paid for that. Firms should pride themselves on that and their reputation for doing so. Law firms are very quick to demand payment for their services yet slow to respond when that service falls short. If a lawyer feels they have been unfairly criticised on this website they should publish a reasoned response and attempt to settle the matter with their disgruntled client. Their aim should be to be on Solicitors from Heaven not resorting to action for defamation.

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  • Sols from Hell website is fine as a concept, but this guy was using for extortion.
    The better way would be to have a right to reply for firms, but he would have made little cash this way.

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  • Ref SFH
    If the Law society is allowed to get their way It will
    make the Lawsociety dictators and also open a f lood
    gate, after all this country is a democratic country , that
    makes it lovely and unique, those solicitors are
    capable to defend themseles, there are good ones
    and bad ones.
    democatic country that makes it lovery and unique

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  • I lost my home and everything that I had to a crook who was aided and abetted by solicitors in evading payment to myself for my works.
    I had some details up on Ricks website and rather than have the public made aware of their wrongdoings, they paid Rick to remove the posting.
    If my claims about them had been false, surely they would not have done this.
    It is a fact of life that there are many lawyers of all ranks who are absolutely corrupt and when the interests of justice conflicts with the interests of lawyers then injustice is inevitable.

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  • Why do you think so many Solicitors and Barristers are out of work?!!

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  • My entry was following a finding by the Law Society - Office for the Supervision of Solicitors, that the law firm had provided a poor service. The law firm was asked to pay me a compensation but the OSS itself expressed concern that the law firm refused to apologise for their poor handling of the purchase of my house. Would it be better if I emailed SolicitorsFromHell the letter from the Law Society and would it be preferable for the firm?

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  • Law Society doesn't care. I told them about a tax firm operating off Oxford St without any kind of insurance / practising certificates etc.
    They couldn't care less. They basically told me they didn't want to hear about problems.
    Maybe it's time to put Rick Kordowski in charge of the Law Society?

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  • I posted the truth on the website and I have received a letter from the solicitor threatening to expose my case (family matter). Well surely that is illegal.
    In any case the solicitors are crooks as is the law in this country and those who regulate it.
    If your not rich youve got no chance.

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