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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  • The Law Society and the SRA are, both in my personal experience as a solicitor, and by reputation across the profession, utterly inadequate as regulatory/disciplinary bodies. What a shame they don't devote even a tiny proportion of the effort directed at this nonsense towards routing out the myriad of dishonest and incompetent practicing solicitors. More power to this website; if the "proper" system is so wholly wanting, it is perfectly reasonable that other methods of exposing bad solicitors will emerge. The Law Soc has been given ample opportunities over many years to put its own house in order, and has willfully failed to do so. It ill befits them to start whinging now.

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  • Why should solicitors be immune from bad publicity when they have performed improperly?
    All power to Mr Kordowski's elbow. He is doing the public a great service and his voice must not be crushed by the power of the Legal hierarchy.

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  • This website was here for a {GOOD} reason, and the reason I am here is because someone I love was severely affected by a solicitor named herein, LONG MAY IT LAST!!!

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  • The time has surely arrived for the Law Society and the Bar, including the rest of the phony watch dogs to be brought before a JURY for their gross abuse of Public money in investigating very little. Rick Kordowski a champion for the porrest sections of society who cannot obtain Legal Aid from anyone. These people are worse than the MPs Expenses scandal. Leave this fine upstanding gentleman alone. Raymond Ashley

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  • Well said Raymond Ashley.
    A jury is the ordinary mans only hope of ever achieving justice against this corrupt and evil incestuous 'system' that the British public have been lumbered with whilst they slept.
    Wake up time is long overdue.

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  • Websites such as "Solicitors from Hell" do an enormous public good. When, as I have, you have experienced corruption involving GP's, consultants, solicitors, insurance companies, the police, MP's, anything that publicises wrong-doing is to be commended.
    Whilst so many are complaining about law firms, few seem to ask what is the reason for the action (or non-action) of the firm or solicitor complained about. Consider for example, solicitors' failure to obtain medical records and other documents in a personal injury case, or their failure to follow your instruction in any case. If this has happened to you, ask yourself (1) what are they keeping from you (2) what could they be trying to hide ? If you can find this information, surely you will be well on your way to establishing a solicitor's negligence, or even criminality? Unfortunately I have no idea what you do if you have got this far, who to turn to for help - this, clearly, is why I praise the "Solicitors from Hell" website because if you cannot do anymore to help yourself, you at least can vent-off on that web site - truthfully, calmly and without the use of expletives!

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  • Solicitors. Just ask your self why ths site exists and stop hiding being it being inflammatry to name idiocy. Both mu solicitors are NOT on here. Maybe because they were able to do thier job correctly?

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  • haha... Law Society cannot stand the truth. There are a lot of terrible solicitors out there and the public have a right to know who to avoid.

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  • Like the saying goes..........the truth hurts. Solicitors and Baristers are there to make sure the law is obeyed. and that includes them too. Keep up the good work Mr Kordwoski.name and shame.

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  • The move comes after High Court judge Mr Justice Henrique said that both the Law Society and Bar Council should investigate defamation complaints about the website. What about investigating your own background Mr Henrique?

    The website claims to give consumers a forum in which they can publicly name and shame solicitors who, they allege, have provided a poor service. The website’s coordinator Rick Kordowski is facing about 15 libel law suits from solicitors.

    This is the problem with self regulation, lawyers can take Mr Kordowski to court for defamation but would any member of the public be able to get a lawyer to sue another lawyer on their behalf. The legal profession are making a big mistake, because if they succeed other websites will spring up. Self regulation is the reason for solicitors from hell existing, legitimate complaints channels are simply corrupt.

    Victory to Rick Kordowski, and victory to freedom of expression.

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  • Naming and shaming is the only effective weapon available to the average person when it comes to complaining about solicitors.

    If SFH gets taken down then we should all actively encourage those who posted on the site to create their own blogs and websites instead. So long as the info is true there shouldn't be a problem. However, what will almost certainly happen is that solicitors will threaten the hosting company with legal action instead and, sadly, they will almost certainly back down rather than face the hassle of going through the courts.

    Please feel free to visit my website: www.cwd-critic.com.

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  • A profession who take clients cases when they know the client will be seeking damages against the lawyers insurers prove one fact, it is about money, lawyers are pushing injustice for financial gain. Lawyers know the client will never get to court, lawyers will take as much money as they can from the client, legal aid or both and kill off the clients claim.

    They the client finds out about the scam, reports the lawyer to the SLCC or Law Society ahd hey presto, an automatic cover up. Lawyers do not provide justice for clients, the latter are abused for money.

    I will tell you lawyers one thing you are educators alright, and we pass your brutal lessons to others to save them from an evil scourge called the Judiciary.

    Lawyers have ruined too many people and now they want to kill off websites which expose the dangerous reality of trusting a lawyer. We are meant to live in a democracy with equal rights but try suing a lawyer, doctor, you will not get a lawyer to represent you.

    The websites dear lawyers are you reaping what you have sown and you would rather shut the sites down than ruin lawyers careers. This is about injustice and legal dictatorship, victory to the dissident victims of legal criminals.

    Trust no lawyer.

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  • SFH is a unreliable and doggy website! anyone can leave comments about any solicitors/barristers without leaving personal details! If the owner of SFH thinks he has great appeal then let him crack on with his appeal. It doesn't take over a year to put forward an appeal! you only have 14days from the date of the decision!! There is a way to put forward complaints, but solicitors from is not the correct way!

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  • The Solicitors from hell website is an absolute disgrace. It will eventually be closed down and rightly so.

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  • This website is fantastic and it will be a sad day for us all if the many corrupt solicitors and their colleagues in the Law Society manage to get their own way.
    Good Luck to you, Rick Kordowski for exposing the professional criminals.

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  • We are behind you all the way, Paul Kordowski.

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  • To all the supporters of the Mr Kordowski - do you not realise that he doesn't care less about your problems? Rather he is exploiting them to make a profit for himself (whatever the alleged misdemeanour, for a small fee payable from the solicitor in question to Mr Kordowski he will remove your comment from his site).
    There is no doubt that the legal regulators are not fit for purpose, but do not think that Mr Kordowski is a hero of the common man - he is exploiting your misery for his own financial gain. If he donated the money he earned to free law centres or similar, then that perhaps he may be worthy of some praise.

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  • I will be the first to admit that their is a sizeable minority of lawyers who should be investigated and named and shamed but honestly this website goes too far.
    Professionals should not have to spend their time answering the often unsubstantiated claims seen in this glorified blog, much of it is defamation pure and simple.
    The so called reviews it offers normally amount to "I think I should have got X but instead I got Z and now I'm mad about it" type remarks.
    Simply put law firms will attract complaints, it deals with contentious issues and when you are in a combative system, people like to blame either their own lawyer or the other sides, rather than more often than not accepting the simple fact that the reason why things aren't going well for them, is that they themselves have done something unwise.
    I have often had cases where my own client has kept vital information from me and then been upset when presented with that information by opposing council, I was unable to make anything but a general response. (happens all the time in Family Law) I am always left wondering what exactly these people wished me to do under these circumstances.
    Also just as a general note, people should be aware that the law society is generally hated by most lawyers within Scotland. People say that we self regulate, but that is in word only. When a complaint is issued against a solicitor to the law society, they go after that person with a passion, often degenerating into a witch hunt. I would love to have a transparent organisation which regulates our profession, which I didn't have to fork out an annual fee too for the joy of being attacked by them if anyone every has a complaint about me.

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  • In response to the posting submitted here on the 18-Jun-2011 6:06pm
    In ALL successful court hearings, the court will be asked to make a costs order in accordance with the Legal Services Act 2007 with the costs being paid to the ‘Access to Justice Foundation’.
    Rick Kordowski

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  • I have been getting strung along by a st Asaph solicitor for 3 years now.he has turned my case from me getting £2,000 to me being liable to £45,000 costs, while at all stages he keeps charging rediculous fees for losing all the time. All his ideas and advice just keeps getting me in a deeper hole. Good luck sfh my £1 will be along shortly.

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  • I have named names, well now I am giving the solicitors I have named the chance to take action against me. None of them will,because I am right in all details. Go to a bar and complain about the food and service publicly is that libel? Go to a solicitor and complain about the product and service is that libel. If so why? See you all in court babycakes, if you dare!!!

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  • To all the lawyers I have posted about. See you lot in court Babycakes. Not one of you will dare!!!

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  • Neither the Law Society or any governing bodies really care about the conduct of it's members, this was clear when I recently locked horns with a local solicitor.
    When making a complaint, I was first encouraged to meet a fellow partner at the Solicitors, as an ordinary man I was loathed to do so as discussions would have been twisted to suit legal purposes.
    I was of the assumption that The Law is in place to protect the innocent?!?!? This is clearly not the case with British Law as it's guidelines and processes are as antiquated are as medieval as the idiots that claim to enforce it!

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  • The reason that they want to shut this site down is because the Law Society are funding some of the corrupt cases. For example, public funding was provided for the Appellant, in my case, yet I easily won the case and costs went to the public purse. I was refused my defence, I won a Solicitor, 3 different Barristers and 2-Judges. The public paid for all of the unlawful hearings. This is the real reason for trying to close this website.

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  • Freedom of speech. If you don't like what he says about you or your firm - CLEAN UP YOUR ACT. Simple.
    The consumer bites back and is fully entitled to his opinion.

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  • Obey the Law and own up to mistakes and put right your wrongs then there will no be need for any of this. Instead of ripping off innocent hard working people. If not face the consequences Crooks go to prision why should the legal profession be any different

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  • This website is excellent as it lets people know what a bunch of crooked thieving parasites the legal profession allow to practice, and i use that term loosley. I would reckon that about 1% of them are honest the rest a bunch of scammers,if i did my job the way they go about theirs i would be sacked promptly.

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  • The website serves a useful purpose - the legal profession often does not serve its customers well. The regulatory bodies are next to useless. The self-serving behaviour of some lawyers is extraordinary - in any other business they would be fired as they are simply not doing a good job for their customer. However they are very good at lining their own pockets. Would be good to see a Doctors from Hell website as well. Another professional body that regulates itself - or rather fails to - to the detriment on the consumer.

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  • We are not only looking for way to complain, we are also looking for a way to warn others about the service we've received - to make public our experience. This is what this website does!

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  • Several times we have received appalling service from solicitors, which has cost us tens of thousands of pounds to get absolutely nowhere.
    Since solicitors charge by the billable part-hour, rather than by results, people will want to complain when their money is wasted.
    And after wasting so much money with inefficient or incompetent lawyers, you know from bitter experience that the last thing it would be sensible to do would be to try and take them on directly - a lawyer will always win, and they have the legal knowledge and the resources to take things further than you ever can.
    That's why we need websites like this one.

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