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Solicitors from Hell - a genuine customer service, a scam or absolute b**ll**ks? is a new consumer website that has attracted the attention of the Law Society Gazette and numerous solicitors firms who have had the pleasure of an entry on it. There appear to be over 500 law firms listed on it, and as far as I could see most of the complaints were not really complaints but fairly damaging comments... I recently came across it when looking for a firm of solicitor's contact details and discovered the second entry in Google was this site. The review of the firm read as follows: LEGAL LAW - London SW London SW Solicitor : Legal Eagle (details changed for obvious reasons!) " Unfortunately we have only just heard about this site, had we had a chance to do a check on him prior it would have saved a great deal of upset and stress. My female cousin went to see this ‘solicitor’ with housing problems. At the initial consultation he was extremely friendly – actually overly so when his secretary went out of the room. He asked many per

CDS12 Crime Duty Solicitor Rota submission dates November 2010

We are starting to take calls on a regular basis from firms not knowing what the current position is in relation to the duty solicitor rotas. We have spoken to the Legal Services Commission today who have confirmed: 1. The next deadline for CDS12 submission is 8th November at 5pm. The LSC want CDS12s emailing through to them at 2. The LSC are apparently considering breaking the contract halfway, but in the meantime no firms are allowed to make applications for new geographic areas. We are not entirely sure how true this will be, as the LSC seem very good at changing the goalposts every few minutes, but in terms of recruitment plans we thought this may assist. It does mean as far as we can see that no firms will gain new slots outside their own geographic areas by setting up offices or taking on staff in other locations. The benefit in recruiting duty solicitors appears to be that the slots on each rota are awarded according to the number of duty

Five Ways to Welcome a New Employee to your Company

When a new employee starts a job there is almost always some element of nervousness and hesitancy from both sides, the existing staff and the new member of staff. Here are five ways to make the first day considerably easier. 1. Organise a lunch out for all the staff (presuming this is a small firm obviously!) including the new employee. Make sure there is no alcohol served during this meal. 2. Make sure you have some work available for the new employee when they start. There is nothing worse than joining a new firm and finding that you are sat there twiddling your thumbs. 3. Give the new employee an induction into the workings of the firm but make sure this induction is not an excuse for your HR Manager to wander off for two days and not do any work. The induction should be as short as it needs to be. 4. Give the new employee their Contract of Employment and staff handbook etc. For a free Staff Handbook Download please visit and follow the link to “free

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