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Issues -Profit or Justice?

Have you ever had a firm of solicitors where you find you have been ‘Mugged’ as well as being robbed? Have you found your Solicitor has lied, been deceitful and dishonest, their work was incompetent, negligent and they took years longer than was reasonable? There were 19,500 complaint against solicitors last year and probable over twice this amount settled locally, what other 'business' could afford so many 'complaints' and survive? Zahida Manzoor's comment on 5 Mar '03 "...it may only be the tip of the iceburg"

Have you complained to the ‘Office for the Supervision of Solicitors’ and find this 'Protection Team' take years to investigate your complaint, they conspire with your solicitors in violating their own rules as well has violating the Data Protection Acts to protect the solicitors in spite of the Ombudsman’s ‘little blue book’ that states “They should carry out a detailed, unbiased investigation, within a reasonable time”? There are at present (July '03) 9,000 'live' complaints being investigated by the OSS's Complaints Department out of some current 19,000.

Have you ever paid a Barrister for an ‘opinion’ on the solicitors and find you have a bigger fight on your hands? You find the Barrister has written a 'defence' for the solicitors base on lies the solicitors had told. You then find the Legal Ombudsman writes to you agreeing the 'Barrister's Opinion' is 'inaccurate' and cannot be 'relied upon' but decided she will do nothing about it.

Have you ever complained to 'The Bar Council' and these 'Mythical Gods' instantly pounce on you throwing your evidence back at you, saying it is part of your 'litigation' and then accept identical evidence from the Barrister?

You finally resort to the ‘Ombudsman’ and think you will get justice. Well think again, the Ombudsman might agree with you but you won’t win and not only that it will take at least a year for your case to reach a conclusion.
The latest from the Ombudsman’s office is that they are so inundated with complaints that despite being allotted additional resources there is a delay of some 9 months, even so they will not guarantee that.

Web sites of interest that must be viewed
"www.solicitorsfromhell.com" http://www.legalservices.gov.uk/old_docs/lsc/pdf/annual_report/annual-rep-members-interests.pdf

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