Thank you for considering David Ake & Co to represent you. We hope to be able to assist you. In the event we can assist & accept instructions we will endeavour as appropriate to confirm the following information in due course. Other issues may also arise.
- HOW THE CASE IS TO BE FUNDED
- INFORMATION AS TO VENUE
- CONFIRMATION OF YOUR INSTRUCTIONS
- AN ASSESSMENT OF THE STRENGTHS & WEAKNESS OF YOUR CASE BASED ON MATERIAL AVAILABLE & YOUR INSTRUCTIONS
- DETAIL OF ANY WITNESSES OR ENQUIRIES REQUIRED
- CONFIRMATION OF THE EFFECT OF YOUR INSTRUCTIONS
- AN ASSESSMENT OF ANY DEFENCE / MITIGATION
- ADVICE AS TO PLEA & POSSIBLE OUTCOMES
- CONFIRMATION OF OUR CONFIDENTIALITY & STORAGE MEASURES
- CONFIRMATION OF ANY AUTHORITY TO DISCLOSE INFORMATION
Mark Pritchard is responsible for supervising the progress of cases & the conduct of files. Obviously other members of the firm will also deal with you. This is always under Mark Pritchard's regular supervision. The Magistrates Court Team, in addition to Mark Pritchard, comprises of Mr Ake consultant with effect from 1st August 2012, Theresa Clark, Jayne Dodson, Christina O'Connell & Ian Cook who are experienced Criminal Court Solicitors. They are supported by other non Solicitor members of staff who are trained to a level of competence to deal with your case under Mark Pritchard's strict supervision. The progress of cases & the conduct of files in other areas of work is also supervised by Mark Pritchard but again obviously other members of the firm, Solicitors and non Solicitor members of staff, will also deal with you.
If, at any stage whilst this firm is acting for you, you are unhappy about our representation or advice, Mark Pritchard will be willing to discuss this with you. In the first instance, please telephone this office and explain exactly what is causing you concern. If your problems cannot be resolved over the telephone, Mark Pritchard will ask you to write a letter and address it for his personal attention, whereupon he will deal with it and notify you in writing. If you are still dissatisfied with the advice given and action taken you are entitled to draw your concerns to the attention of theLegal Ombudsman, at PO Box 15870, Tamworth, B77 9LE. For further information you should contact the Legal Ombudsman on Telephone number 0300 5550333 or www. legalombudsman.org.uk. This procedure is one we are obliged to follow in the event of a complaint but of course, we hope this will never be necessary. Please note that any complaint to the Legal Ombudsman must be made within 6 months of the conclusion of our investigation in relation to your complaint.
In the event we can assist & accept instructions; once we have considered all the evidence available to us in the case we will advise you further as to your plea or position as well as strength of evidence against you or as appropriate the strength of your case against another. There could be a detrimental effect on the outcome of the case if you fail to give us full and proper instructions and fail to respond to correspondence throughout the life span of this case. If you secure the benefit of public funding your funding could also be affected if you fail to supply the information requested by ourselves and/or the Court or you do not notify the relevant parties of any change in your circumstances. We will keep you informed as appropriate as to the progress of your case but invite your comments/instructions and look forward to seeing you. We will of course inform you should there be any change in circumstances in the evidence which is disclosed to us.
Please note attempts have been made to try to ensure the accuracy of all information contained on this site at the time of its publication in 2007. Effort will continue to update it. Do not rely on the accuracy of any information provided without checking.
David Ake & Co is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and is a Partnership registered in England & Wales. Our VAT number is 613222195
We have a legal duty to tell you about our professional indemnity insurance. We have an obligation to carry such insurance and our qualifying insurers are:
Travelers and our insurance policy number is UCSOL 3459339.
The insurance covers our practice carried out from our offices in England and Wales and will extend to acts or omissions wherever in the world they occur. We draw yuour attention to the limitation of our liability which is £2,000,000.00 per claim
DAVID AKE & CO