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Complaints Procedure


  1.  My practice is regulated by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Faculty Office can be contacted in writing at 1, The Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3JT. Its website address is www.facultyoffice.org.uk. It can be contacted on 020 7222 5381 and faculty.office@1thesanctuary.com.

  2. I hope that you will have no cause to complain of the manner in which my services are provided. If however you are dissatisfied about the service you have received please do not hesitate to contact me. I will do my best to resolve the matter to your satisfaction.

  3. If we are unable to resolve the matter you may then complain to the Notaries Society of which I am a member, who have a Complaints Procedure which is approved by the Faculty Office. This procedure is free to use and is designed to provide a quick resolution to any dispute.

  4. In that case please write (but do not enclose any original documents) with full details of your complaint to:- The Secretary of the Notaries Society, Old Church Chambers, 23, Sandhill Road, St James, Northampton, NN5 5LH (telephone 01604-758908 and email secretary@thenotariessociety.org.uk. If you have any difficulty in making a complaint in writing please do not hesitate to call the Notaries Society/the Faculty Office for assistance.

  5. Finally, even if you have your complaint considered under the Notaries Society Approved Complaints Procedure, you may at the end of that procedure, or after a period of 6 months from the date you first notified me that you were dissatisfied, make your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman*, if you are not happy with the result. The details are as follows: Legal Ombudsman, P.O. Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ (telephone 0300 555 0333, email enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk , website www.legalombudsman.org.uk .)

  6. If you decide to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman you must refer your matter to the Legal Ombudsman:-
    • Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint and
    • Six years from the date of the act/omission; or
    • Three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint (only if the act or omission took place more than six years ago).

    The act or omission, or when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint, must have been after 5th October 2010.

    *certain kinds of commercial entities are not eligible to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman – please refer to the Legal Ombudsman Scheme Rules or consult the Faculty Office.

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