Closure of the Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner on 31 March 2010
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24 February 2010
The Commissioner publishes her 2009-2010 Annual Report - Past | Present | Future
The Commissioner's Annual Report 2009-2010 - Past | Present | Future, gives an assessment of the work undertaken by the Commissioner and her Office between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010.
Full report [PDF 1mb, 58 pages]
Crynodeb Gweithredol [PDF 507kb, 8 pages]
Press notice February 2010 [PDF 40kb, 3 pages]
At some point in their lives most people will need to make use of the services of a solicitor and in most cases, the service provided will be of a high standard. However, as with any service, it is important that there are mechanisms in place to enable people to complain where this is not the case. It is currently the responsibility of the Law Society, the professional body which oversees solicitors, to manage complaints about solicitors in England and Wales. Unfortunately, there have been problems with the level of service which the Law Society has provided in managing these complaints. In February 2004 this prompted the Government to take the step of appointing a Legal Services Complaints Commissioner, with responsibility for working with the Law Society to improve its complaints handling.
The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner works with consumers to improve how the Law Society handles complaints about solicitors in England and Wales. The Commissioner, Zahida Manzoor CBE, is an independent government-appointed regulator.
To ensure the public get the standards of service that they should reasonably expect the Commissioner sets performance targets for the Law Society. The Commissioner can also make recommendations for improving complaints handling.
Reporting our achievements
The Commissioner has set targets for the Law Society and these targets are published on this website. We will also publish the Law Society's performance against these targets. The Commissioner publishes an Annual Report and Accounts, which is laid before Parliament.