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This firm - 75%
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3.7/5

Reviews summary

  • Excellent

    2405
  • Very Good

    215
  • Average

    31
  • Poor

    36
  • Awful

    436

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Gill

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Residential Conveyancing

Gill

November 14, 2022

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Terrible

Shambolic and chaotic. They do not communicate and we would have lost our sale without the wonderful Carolyn Lowe in the Lancaster office who is their receptionist. They should be ashamed and embarrassed about the disorganised way they handled the decision to stop conveyancing, and their continuing appalling service.

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L

November 23, 2021

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Disappointing experience

Very poor experience. I decided to cancel my claim and pursue with different solicitors in the end. Spoken to like absolutely dirt and made to feel silly for asking questions about my case.
Left up to me to chase them up constantly and no communications.

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Kevin

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Constructive/Unfair Dismissal

Kevin

January 29, 2024

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Never assessed our claim

Avoid this solicitors. Unfairly dismissed and won our tribunal. Simpson Millar advice was to accept £20,000 based on no calculations of loss , messed up my ET1 form to the tribunal, missed out disability discrimination. We were offered £50,000 before the tribunal. We proved our overtime losses for 18 months was worth £20,000 . Simpson Millar could have and have cost us thousands of pounds.Won unfair dismissal with a different solicitor. Only writing the review to allow others to make a informed decision. Solicitor could not give us the calculation they based there very low figure on , just wanted to settle as quickly as possible.

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Jane

Matter Type:

Purchase and Sale

Jane

September 30, 2023

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Good communication

I have used Simpson Milker twice now, both for property sale and purchase and i have been very impressed by their service. I see a lot of negativity on here, but honestly i will use them again should the need arise.

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Eldana

Eldana

June 27, 2023

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They couldn’t care less

Very disheartened by the conduct of the clinical negligence department (specifically Simon Wilson). So much time and effort has been put into this to then receive a letter to confirm that your fee earner has disregarded everything you have advised them. Greedy firm just wanting people on their books. Will refer this matter further to the legal ombudsman.

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Maserat

Maserat

December 06, 2022

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No client care! Incompetent! Awful service!

Dear Maya

I hope you are well.

Thank you for recent email forwarding invoice. I have had a barrage of emails of no communication, unfortunately I've been unwell last week certainly not responding to emails. I find this clearly incorrect as I have made a payment recently the sum of £1500 which I have clearly stated it was payable to you despite the major error you made with FDR and furthermore the previous amount which has been pending from when Neelam mall was Acting on my behalf which I mentioned to David Lister, Head of Family Law Department and was advised not to speak to the accounts department, I had raised my concerns about work not been done by Neelam and not only that she was not charging me for any emails which you will be able to see from WIP sheets unfortunately her moving over to your firm was counter intuitive to her family life as she had to address several departments and that was too much for her ( As she clearly stated ) and that's why she decided to move firms again which was a smaller firm. I became aware that Neelam did not carry out any work from the previous FDR which was in January 2022. I did not hear from her until 24th of February 2022 in the assumption that she was chasing the other party and surveyors as she advised in an email which was in relation to an outstanding bill which I settled immediately, it was a 35 day deadline no response from other party but I decided to contact them myself and was advised no correspondence was made by Neelam which at that point I was very concerned, I instructed her not to chase anything as I had corresponded with them myself and found that she was being untruthful unfortunately. ( I have email threads of our conversations though some were telephone conversations). when leaving Neelam asked during telephone conversation that she was moving firms again and to sign form to transfer to new firm and that I was to pay balance of £650 as she was reducing it from £1500 by this time I was very disturbed and distressed by her behaviour this was clearly I believe negligence and incompetent as she had not done any work as instructed. Since Neelam's departure from the firm nobody has addressed this matter and I've been ignored despite me informing yourself but no correspondence from anyone.

In regards to you discussing to continue acting on my behalf, I instructed you not further contact because I did not just want to pay for correspondence with yourself. I instructed you for results, with an excellent bio of expertise you have not delivered any of the services unfortunately.

Our communication has been mainly via emails which not sufficient and major errors were made as you aware in regards to last FDR which you incorrectly calculated my earnings and inserted on E1 form which should have been completed with changes failing to confirm with me, which led to me being coerced into negotiating at hearing and matters persisted further as I wasn't aware of the incorrect figures until mention by Mr. Sawar, lack of competency on your behalf and better position for the other side as my wages exceeded Mr Hayats.

what also came to my attention was that second FDR was not required and could have been advised by you but you failed to do so, I asked you to blind copy me into everything but only on two occasions. There were so many other errors when I asked you over telephone conversations about likely outcomes or reading my whole file as you initially charge me for reading but couldn't really advise over phone call or despite me attending office also very concerning which I was quite alarmed as you just sent me information which already in the court bundle no definitive answers from yourself. I've also emailed you in regards to the major errors and conversation in office and you didn't think that this is inappropriate and simply decided to ignore it.

Also, when I attended the office you didn't know much about my file when I asked questions. the recent ones were where you were asking me for documents which were already on file this in reference to " have you had a Decree Absolute also could you provide non molestation order this was very concerning as they were on file and many other documents.
I did mention that this matter would be later address as at this point in was exhausted and very exasperated and confused as to what I should do with you and the firm as I had already been through enough. You asked me for dates I was not available for court in August but later advised next year in March 2023 I believe that's because I prepared section 25 statement as you clearly demonstrated from the FDR, a lack of client care. What has also come to my attention is as to why you were persistent on emails as they were incurring excessive charges as you can recall you were advising me to have a video meeting rather than in person.

This is not ethical way of working and no client care it is also, a misconduct of business.

It's unfortunate that I was not in the best states of mind as well as being in a very vulnerable state of mind which you have clearly taken advantage of (my circumstances) as well as misleading me with information. Just so you could build on your retainer fees until I realised that I'm merely paying to correspondence.

I'm glad I picked up on your inappropriate behaviour since the FDR and most recently when you were asking for documents which you clearly already have on file, sadly my cause for concern was when you asked me for non-molestation document and absolute decree that demonstrates that you did not read all my file.

I realized from there on wards there's no compassion or empathy on your behalf even though I explained to you what I've been through. You have oversold and under delivered your services. I will reference this in regards to your performance with as an associate solicitor and an excellent bio, overselling and underperforming with no integrity as you have demonstrated in work ethics.


The total balance that you are referring to is incorrect as if you check your previous emails, you revised the new bill. After your recent email these fees you are trying to add clearly indicates your level of competency as you have not worked on my case as much as the outrageous fees added and have caused me inconvenience combined with excessive amount of stress that I do not need.

You mentioned all of the work, most of fees are just emails. The cap of £600 was due to myself instructing as there wasn't much work on your behalf to be carried out except email correspondence. I'm well within my rights to make queries for work and payments I have never asked or questioned until what happened at FDR you made it questionable due to poor inappropriate unprofessional behaviour. I'm your client who is paying you for services I can assess if inappropriate charges are being made.

In regards to final hearing you are not a solicitor whom I would instruct for the conduct of my case. In regards to offers Mr. Hayat has a clear stance as you are fully aware. As a solicitor you are lacking in your role, lacking in communication also lacking in client care the list can go on and its imperative to understand your role.

I was concerned the moment you made major error and realised that you can't work to the standards that you stated clearly you only has best interests in mounting excess amount of fees. I felt due to the errors made our professional relationship had broken down since FDR and no longer have any confidence in your work, I may have been vulnerable and been through DMV however, I have a great attitude of understanding, I hope you can understand and appreciate as to why I'm rescinding my services from you and your organisation.

Could you please kindly revise invoice immediately along with ensuring there is no further inconvenience caused.

I kindly ask that you compensate me for all the difficulty and undue stress that has been caused, my time that has been wasted along with the cost of the FDR whereby major error was clearly made by you, also you could have advised for a final hearing but fail to do so again no client care.

Could you kindly send all my file via email or post immediately please.

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Pauline

Pauline

October 13, 2022

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Ghosted

Really wish i had seen these reviews before i agreed for them to act for me.
I am in a no chain either end purchase. Four months later i am not able to speak to anyone at all about my purchase.
I received an email 2 weeks ago saying they have restructured their conveyancing team and i would now be dealt with by Hamzah Rehman the same person who was supposedly always dealing with me.
I have left messages and emails as my sellers are getting very annoyed, but i am just ghosted.
I am an old age pensioner and really can’t take anymore of this.

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Joy

Matter Type:

Divorce

Joy

October 10, 2022

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Very poor and slow service

Started well but now cant access solicitors. Won't answer calls or Emails, yet quick to send monthly bills.
Divorce case has gone on for too long due to extremely slow response and recently no response at all

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Iliya

Iliya

September 26, 2022

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Very disappointed...

Let's start with the information that my mortgage offer was due to expire on 17.09 and the purchase of the flat was completed on 16.09...
Simpson Millar was very slow in answering my emails and NEVER answered my calls, except at the end when the company changed the person who was in charge of my case.
I probably asked them 20 times to change the email we are using for correspondence with no success.

We are very disappointed with their managers too as they did not respond to our calls and emails asking for help.

A positive side of our experience with them is that the last persons involved with dealing with our case were good and managed to complete the deal on the last day...

I will advise you, to try to avoid Simpson Millar...

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stephanie

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Residential Conveyancing

stephanie

September 13, 2022

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AVOID AT ALL COSTS!!

Simpson Millar are the worst law firm in the UK. They have let hundreds if not thousands of clients down who were using their conveyancing department — please look at Trustpilot.
Do not use this company — they are in breach of SRA code of conduct and do not have your best interests at heart.

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July 06, 2023

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Horrendous company!!! When my step father who had lasting power of attorney over my mother who has dementia, passed away nearly a month ago. I contacted Simpson Millar for the paperwork as I too have LPA and need to access her funds to pay for her ongoing care and bills. They want me to carry out a competency examination to ensure the LPA needs to be activated. Her late husband was granted it in 2019 but somehow feel that she needs an assessment again now. She has dementia, it’s a progressive condition, she’s not likely to have gained any more capacity since 2019. SHE IS YOUR CLIENT, SHE HAS HAD NO MONEY FOR NEARLY A MONTH. IF THIS IS HOW YOU TREAT YOUR CLIENTS YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. Especially ones who are vulnerable.

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Tim

July 06, 2023

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Tim

Rarely have I received such disgraceful service for anything, anywhere. I am chasing my father’s will to activate probate, it’s a stressful, emotional time and the bills are racking up.
3 weeks and 7 phone calls and still no will. “It’s in Leeds”. You would think it was on the moon!! How difficult is it to find someone who knows their alphabet to get it out the vault and post it?? Quite simply awful. You have been warned!!

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Izzy

November 07, 2022

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Izzy

The service received from this company has been absolutely shocking. The case has been with them 16 weeks and no progress. No updates and don't respond to emails or calls. 5 people have handled the case so far and none of them are competent.

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Caroline

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Employment Law

Caroline

June 24, 2022

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Caroline

I have been dealing with an issue with Balal Qaiser and I can not be more thankful for his advise and speedy service. He was absolutely amazing and even though I had a short time frame to resolve the issue he did amazing. Thank you!

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Darren

September 16, 2020

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Professional service.

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