Client care

Survey highlights communication gap between conveyancers and their clients

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Almost half of conveyancing clients complain of a lack of communication during the process, while two-thirds of conveyancers believe they keep consumers fully informed, a survey has found. Some conveyancers are finding ways of bridging the gap, with the proportion using online portals growing from 4% to 15% in three years.

December 7th, 2017

Fees fall for conveyancing and powers of attorney but rise for family work, LSB report finds

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Fees for conveyancing and lasting powers of attorney have fallen over the past two years, while they have risen for family work, a report by the Legal Services Board has found. It also revealed that only 18% of law firms publish prices for any of their work in these areas on their websites.

November 15th, 2017

Many big firms failing on value for money and sticking to budgets, survey finds

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The big commercial law firms are not delivering value for money and often fail to stick to budgets, a survey of over 800 corporate clients has found – though some are much worse than others. In all, clients said their solicitors only met or exceeded their expectations on value for money in 49% of cases – DAC Beachcroft was top with 66%.

October 11th, 2017

“Part of the system” – ethnic minority defendants do not trust solicitors, Lammy report finds


Black, Asian and minority ethnic defendants do not trust legal aid solicitors and often enter not guilty pleas against advice as a result, according to a major report. The Lammy Review said BAME defendants often saw duty solicitors as ‘part of the system’ and so pleaded not guilty.

September 8th, 2017

Firms “letting clients slip through their fingers” with failure to follow-up enquiries

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Law firms still have a long way to go in dealing with enquiries from potential clients, with a failure to follow up initial contacts a particular weakness, mystery shopping research has found. In the most extreme example, not one of the 50 SME law firms that received a walk-in enquiry followed it up.

August 14th, 2017

Vulnerable consumers praise lawyers but ask for more help

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Lawyers acting for mentally ill clients and dementia sufferers have been praised in surveys commissioned by the Legal Services Board on the needs of vulnerable consumers, but some did find it hard to deal with solicitors. The majority of dementia sufferers said their experience of seeing a solicitor had been “extremely positive”.

July 18th, 2017

Consumers on conveyancing: slow, stressful and poor value

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A poll of almost 1,500 mortgage customers has highlighted familiar concerns about conveyancing – that it is slow, stressful and poor value for money. Conveyancers also came bottom when judged by how much they ‘made the deal happen’ compared to others in the process.

July 10th, 2017

Slipping through their fingers – mystery shopping shows law firms not following up enquiries

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A ‘mystery shopping’ exercise to test law firms’ ability to communicate with customers has shown progress, yet the proportion of solicitors willing to follow up incoming calls from the public, although better than last year, was still “drastically low”.

June 23rd, 2017

LSB decides against changing rules on telling clients about complaints procedures

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The Legal Services Board has dismissed concerns about the “negative” impact of its requirement that lawyers tell clients about their complaints procedures before any work has been done. Research found “negative reactions” to the prominence of this information but the board said the problem was how some lawyers have chosen to provide it.

May 24th, 2017

In-house lawyers value responsiveness and understanding above price

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In-house lawyers have ranked responsiveness and understanding of their businesses above price as the qualities they most look for when choosing external law firms. One legal counsel at an investment fund said he was “shocked at the poor service we sometimes get” and “often dumbfounded by the poor level of responsiveness”.

May 16th, 2017