SolicitorsFromHell.net is the successor in title to Rick Kordowski’s SolicitorsFromHell.co.uk.
Normal service has resumed under new owners. We believe that Kordowski’s legacy must be preserved and continued in this new format. By way of paying tribute to Kordowski we are reproducing the best segments from SolicitorsFromHell.co.uk - particularly past editorials
To those of you who want to use the official channels of complaint dealing with solicitors’ conduct being the Legal Ombudsman or the Solicitors Regulation Authority then as a first port of call we advise you to do so. Of course, if you are a solicitor/paralegal who has experienced bullying or unfair treatment at your firm then tell us. Register here.
This site principally caters for the disenfranchised legal consumer; in other words, those members of the public who are convinced the official route has not served or will not serve their needs or the justice of their grievance. There are times when the establishment's complaints handler gets it wrong - for whatever reason: occasionally there are cover-ups with the retort “insufficient evidence” being used to protect the wrongdoer.
To illustrate our point on the subtleties of establishment manoeuvres we need go no further than refer you to The Abused Solicitor link on legaljackass.co.uk - a website many of you will be familiar with from Kordowski’s SolicitorsFromHell.co.uk. Legaljackass.co.uk is a website set up by a London solicitor out of which sprang the book Solicitor v. The Establishment (2009), credited with the following accolade:
Cover up and humbug in the English legal profession is featured in this unique exposé. Small beginnings. English duplicity at its best can be seen in the subterfuge of the so-called 'professional’ man when trying to pull a fast one. See how it's done in fascinating detail, by the Great Brits, in our real life case study. Warnings are given and solutions offered.
What the Law Society Gazette said about the landmark ruling established by the story within this book:
Writing derogatory and potentially libellous comments about law firms does not necessarily count as bringing the profession into disrepute, according to a recent Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) adjudication seen by the Gazette.
The SRA has ruled that a website set up by a London locum solicitor detailing strident complaints against a law firm he worked for 'does not amount to a breach' of rules governing conduct. The ruling could mean less worry for lawyers who want to use the web to speak out about conduct and practice...
The adjudicator said: 'Bullying in the workplace, unfair practices and exploitation of employees are issues which are worthy of serious debate; what [the website owner] published was a contribution to that debate.'
Gazette 22 March 2007
The Law Society was determined to silence this particular solicitor who was only trying to highlight bad practice in the profession. This brave lawyer drew everyone's attention to the fact that "low to mid-level property fraud involving clients and their colluding solicitors will not be investigated by the Law Society due to economic pressures and work overload". Thankfully, the independent Adjudicator saved the solicitor from receiving a “severe reprimand” from the Law Society by ruling that legaljackass.co.uk did not bring the legal profession into disrepute. So how much more difficult can it be for the layman when trying to confront vested interests in the legal profession?
LegalJackass.co.uk highlighted the case of solicitor fraudster Dixit Shah who in the year 2000 fled the U.K. with millions of pounds worth of embezzled client account funds in spite of the Law Society being warned of suspected irregularities by members of the public. The Law Society claimed at the time they did not have the staff to handle the complaint. Dixit Shah made the Law Society look like jackasses. This is where SolicitorsFromHell.net can be of use - as an early warning system to suspected fraud. Think of this website as a fire alarm.
Be advised that Des Hudson, Chief Executive of the Law Society, thinks that you the public are unfit to post complaints on a site of this nature: just in case you don’t know what you are talking about or bear grudges or are liars or cranks. But as was so eloquently put by one recent Law Society Gazette blogger responding to the End of the line for Solicitors From Hell article of 16 November 2011:
‘And if there are any cranks out there they were probably quite normal before whatever experience they suffered at the hands of the legal profession and their attempts to complain through the normal channels fell on deaf ears’.
And there is nothing wrong with bearing a grudge if it is justified.
The legal establishment would do well to remember that it only takes a single dishonest/deceitful/duplicitous act from a solicitor in an otherwise unblemished career to make that solicitor deserving of reprimand. There are many examples of the odd rotten egg in very reputable firms. For sure such firms will, on the whole, give proper and considered advice. But that does not mean that public exposure should not be given to one-off acts of serious transgression.
The Dirty Tricks Brigade
Solicitor Charles Russell
5 Fleet Place
5 Raymond Buildings
Parties to perversion, deviancy and mental abuse
We thought we’d give these two City lawyers a taste of our own brand of Sharp Justice. On the spot fines if you like for being such grovelling little sh*ts to their deviant paymasters, the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police. Nourishing and perpetuating vile sexualised, mental and religious abuse under cover of res judicata. Condoning the now infamous ‘Go f*ck Allah the Camel’ series of hate emails, directed at their opponent, is one of the most serious forms of debasement we have ever come across in the legal profession. For the details see the November 2011 editorial.
Funny how things later turned out. The offices of the Norwegian Ministry of Justice and the Police were blown to kingdom come by Anders Breivik on 22 July 2011. Poetic Justice?
The Muslim world is just gonna love these London boys!
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