We don’t take you for granted and we pride ourselves on our standard of client care.  
 
We make the following promises and will do our utmost to keep them for you: 
 
We will give you the best possible advice that we can 
We will use plain English and be as clear as possible when we communicate with you 
If you contact us we will reply as soon as practically possible 
We will make sure that you are kept fully informed about the progress of your case on a regular basis 
When you need to see us we will try to meet with you as quickly as we can 
We will provide you with clear and comprehensive information about legal costs 
We will do everything we can to achieve the result you are looking for 
 
 
Legal action can be stressful and take you into very unfamiliar territory. We will do our best to reduce that stress and make sure that you are aware of what we are doing and why. 

Keeping in touch 

We will keep in touch with you regularly throughout the course of your matter by telephone, email or letter. Please let us know if you would prefer a particular method of contact. We will update you promptly if there are any developments which we think you should be aware of. 
 
We will aim to deal with all parties connected with your matter as quickly as we can. Please note that in some instances a measured response may take time to compose. In some cases we may be waiting for someone else to do something or provide information before we are able to respond. 
 
We aim to answer all telephone calls immediately but if we cannot (usually because we are engaged with a client or on client matters) we will try to return your call on the same morning or afternoon as it is received. We aim to deal with emails and letters on the day of receipt. 
 
If you ask to meet with us we will aim to arrange a meeting within the same working week as your request. If the need for a meeting is very urgent we will do our best to see you as soon as possible. 

Your role 

Acceptance of terms and conditions 
Before we begin work, we will ask that you accept our terms and conditions. You can do this in one of several ways. We will send you our Care Letter by email together with a second email with instructions on how to sign the letter electronically. Or we can send you written information by traditional post, included will be a copy of our Care Letter for you to sign and return (to indicate acceptance). A stamped, addressed return envelope is provided. 
 
Your instructions 
We ask that you provide us with clear instructions and respond to any requests made by us as soon as is reasonably possible. Sometimes we may need to take instructions quickly. That may mean communication after normal working hours. 
 
Your liability for the costs of others 
If there is a risk that you could be responsible for the legal costs and expenses of another party we will advise you about this. 
 
Paying your bill 
Payment of our costs may be made in several ways. By electronic transfer, cheque or banker’s draft. We do not presently operate a facility to take payment by credit card. We also do not accept payment by cash for amounts over £250, except by prior arrangement. 
 
For longer cases, we may require that a standing order facility is set up for an amount to be agreed and paid at regular intervals. 
 
Bills are payable on delivery. In the event that a bill is not paid, we may apply interest to any amounts outstanding at the rate of 8% per annum. If we have to write to you about money outstanding from you to Spencer Shaw, an administration charge of £20 plus VAT will be added to your account for each letter written. 

Confirming your identity  

The Money Laundering Regulations 2017 require solicitors to obtain evidence of the identity of their clients. We will carry out an electronic verification of your identity for these purposes via CreditSafe. 
If you prefer, you may request a manual verification. We will need to see original documents for this. You can visit our offices at Vancouver House, 111 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8LB, where a copy will be taken free of charge. If you are unable to attend our offices you can go to a local solicitor who will check the documents on our behalf. There is usually a small charge for this service. 
We are required to keep copies of the documents for five years following the end of our business relationship with you. We currently retain all client documents for a period of six years. Your acceptance of the Client Care Letter will be deemed as consent for us to retain the copies of identification documents for six years. 
 
The documents we obtain from you to confirm your identity will only be used for that purpose.  
 
If you have any questions please contact us on 0121 452 5130. 
If you request a manual check, we will need to see one document from each list: 
List A 
current full passport (signed) 
current photo card driving licence 
birth certificate 
List B 
current photo-card driving licence 
council tax or utility bill 
bank, building society, mortgage or HMRC tax statement 
house or motor insurance certificate 

Keeping your information safe 

Paper documents are stored securely either on site or at a purpose built secure off-site facility. Electronic documents are stored in compliance with current recommended practice and using encryption processes where available.  
 
Solicitors are under a professional and legal obligation to keep the affairs of their clients confidential. This obligation is subject to an overriding obligation imposed by law. 
 
Legislation passed by the Government to prevent money-laundering and the financing of terrorism has placed solicitors under a duty, in certain circumstances, to disclose information to the National Crime Agency. 
 
Where a solicitor knows or suspects that a transaction on behalf of a client involves money-laundering or is linked to the financing of terrorist activity, the solicitor may be required to make a disclosure of that information. If this happens we cannot tell you that a disclosure has been or is being made. That would be an offence known as “tipping off”. 
 
Destruction of papers, documents and electronic files 
We will keep your file, except those documents that you ask to be returned, for a period of six years from the date that your matter ends. After that period, the documents and electronic files will be securely destroyed unless there are reasonable grounds to retain them longer.  
 
I had a call back from Ian Jones within the hour. He was very helpful and I would thoroughly recommend you give this firm a call if you are experiencing conflict with your employer. 
 
Adam 

Get in touch 

Do you have a legal matter you'd like to discuss with us? Get in touch using the details below or use the form here and a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your enquiry. 
Phone: 0121 452 5130 
Address: Spencer Shaw Solicitors Limited 
Vancouver House, 111 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham B16 8LB 
Opening hours: 
Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM 
Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holidays - Closed 
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