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Burges Salmon Solicitors

Volume 495: debated on Monday 6 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what recent representations he has received on the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s handling of the case of complaints against Burges Salmon Solicitors; and if he will make a statement; (284437)

(2) what recent representations he has received on Burges Salmon Solicitors’ provision of mortgage and other financial advice; and if he will make a statement.

Three Members of Parliament have written to me concerning the conduct of Burges Salmon LLP and the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) subsequent investigation into complaints received from members of the public. I have also received representations from a concerned member of the public. All the representations I have received are in relation to the provision of legal advice in mortgage and other financial matters.

Complaints about professional misconduct of solicitors are matters for the SRA to investigate, as the legal profession is independent from the Government. As such, I cannot comment on individual cases. If consumers are unhappy with the way the SRA has conducted its investigation or the final decision reached, they should refer the matter to the Legal Services Ombudsman (LSO). The LSO protects the interests of the consumers of legal services by ensuring that the professional regulators conduct fair, thorough and efficient investigations of complaints about their members.