Hearing from the profession - discussion sessions
Last month we held a number of online discussions sessions with practitioners to hear more about their views and experiences. We had some really interesting discussions and have blogged a quick summary of the topics that came up.
Peer advice on property investment schemes
We’re delighted to share this guest blog post from Professor Stewart Brymer of the University of Dundee and the Scottish Conveyancers Forum. The SLCC has recently seen multiple cases of this nature so we wanted to highlight the trend and share peer advice on what solicitors might want to consider in this area.
Managing the personal impact of complaints
Being complained about can be difficult, stressful or distressing. It can feel very personal to receive a complaint when you feel you have tried your best to help someone. Sometimes a complainer’s distress will lead them to act in inappropriate ways when making their complaint, which can be difficult to deal with. In a small number of cases, complainers’ actions can be threatening, leading firms to believe there are risks to the safety of staff.
What happens when we request your file for an investigation
The Court of Session recently issued two rulings on the SLCC’s right to require information, including confidential information, from firms in order to investigate complaints. It also clarified the restriction on firms sharing legally privileged material where consent has not been given by their client.
Charging for complaints - why you shouldn't do it
We’ve recently seen several Terms of Business or letters that indicate an intention to charge a “levy”, a flat fee or time-charge for dealing with any complaints which are not upheld. Why do we suggest that none of these examples is good practice?
The benefits of an accessible complaints process
“Why doesn’t the SLCC charge a (potentially refundable) fee for making a complaint?” That question came up a few times in our recent Survey. Many practices of all sizes and locations believe that some clients (or third parties) complain “simply because they can”.
SLCC report on engagement with the profession
As well as dealing with complaints, we provide a best practice service for legal practitioners. We hold data on around 15,000 complaints and we want to build a culture of learning so that common problems can be avoided.
Be clear, open and transparent with customers from the start
This article was first published in The Scotsman on 11 July 2022
Embracing consumer rights is good for business
This article was first published in The Scotsman on 16 May 2022
Listening and learning is the most important thing to do
This article was first published in The Scotsman on 21 March 2022
Early Resolution - are you missing an opportunity?
In the past few months we've been focussing on the early resolution of complaints. In this article for our newsletter, Susan Williams outlines the benefits.
Driving forward, leaving no one behind
We firmly believe that the drive to digital will improve our business and deliver for our customers. We’re also aware that we need to take people with us on this journey, and ensure we don’t leave anyone behind.