The BLP Group comprises Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (“BLP”), and affiliated firms and entities carrying on business under names including “Berwin Leighton Paisner” or “BLP” (individually, a “BLP Firm”).
The BLP Group practises through branches of BLP in its offices in Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Brussels, Dubai, London, Paris and Singapore. In its other offices, the BLP Group practises through firms or entities affiliated with BLP.
BLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales (registered number OC315919) and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”), whose rules can be obtained from www.sra.org.uk/handbook/. A list of partners of BLP is open to inspection at its registered office: Adelaide House, London Bridge, London EC4R 9HA, United Kingdom. Within the BLP Group, partner is used to refer to a member, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and/or qualifications as required, of BLP or any of its affiliated firms and entities.
Lawyers in the BLP Group are regulated by the relevant professional body in their place of admission (for details, please contact the concerned lawyer) and, where relevant, in their place of practise.
Contact details for the BLP Group’s professional indemnity insurer are QBE Casualty Syndicate 365 and QBE Syndicate 1886, Plantation Place, 30 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BD. Details of the policy number and the territorial extent of the insurance can be obtained from our designated complaints handler at our London office.
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We try to ensure the accuracy of all of the content published on this web site. However, the material on this web site is for general information only, and is not intended to be a substitute for specific legal advice. You should obtain specific legal advice before taking or refraining from taking any action. We cannot promise that access to the web site will be uninterrupted or entirely error free. We will not be responsible in any circumstances for any consequential or incidental damages (including but not limited to loss of profits, loss of privacy and loss of data) or for any other indirect, special or punitive damages whatsoever that arise out of or that are related to the use of this web site.
This web site provides links to, and content from, other Internet sites and resources. Given that monitoring the vast amount of information disseminated and accessible via those sites and resources is impracticable and beyond our resources, such information cannot be guaranteed to be accurate, or up to date and is not endorsed by us.
Your use of this web site will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and any disputes will be decided only by the courts of England and Wales. If you have any queries with regard to this web site please contact us on +44 (0) 203 400 1000
The BLP Group is committed to conducting business according to high standards of business integrity. We have a zero-tolerance policy in respect of bribery and corruption. We require those with whom we have business relationships to have and maintain a like policy and appropriate procedures for combating bribery and corruption.
Conflict of interest is an essential area of policy for a firm of solicitors having a broad base of clients. Accordingly, we operate a comprehensive regime to ensure, insofar as possible, any potential conflicts of interest are identified and resolved at the earliest opportunity. This involves both a database search of existing clients, current matters and other relevant information held by the firm, and where appropriate, a targeted enquiry.
We are also sensitive to situations which, although in legal terms, may not create a conflict of interest, are seen by clients to be a "commercial" conflict and we are willing to discuss with clients any particular concerns in this respect.
We are aware that criminals have been using the BLP name and sometimes the names of individuals working within our organisation in scam emails, letters and phone calls. These communications typically suggest that an inheritance or a job can be obtained by paying an upfront fee. Their aim is to get your money and/or your personal data to use in other illegal activities.
Please act cautiously for your own protection. If you receive any communication purporting to be from BLP or any of our partners or employees about which you are uncertain or suspicious, do not respond and particularly do not provide personal or confidential information. You can check the legitimacy of any suspicious communication by forwarding it to us at email@example.com. We do not use web-based email addresses such as gmail, hotmail or yahoo.
Please note that this firm and its lawyers have no involvement in any of these scams. Our name is being used in an unauthorised and illegal way.
We report incidents of which we become aware to the relevant authorities. There are, however, new scams being devised by criminals regularly.
You can find further information on scams (including ones we have reported) on the Solicitors Regulation Authority website. You can also contact the SRA to find out if individuals or firms are regulated and authorised by the SRA and verify an individual's or firm's practising details. Other verification methods, such as checking public records (e.g. telephone directories and company records) may also be undertaken.
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Berwin Leighton Paisner is committed to high quality legal advice and client care. If you are unhappy about any aspect of the service you have received, or are concerned about the bill, please contact your client relationship partner, the relevant departmental managing partner or the office managing partner.
If you wish to make a formal complaint, please contact our designated complaints handler at firstname.lastname@example.org, on the telephone on +44 (0) 203 400 1000, or by post to our London address. The designated complaints handler will provide you with a copy of our complaints procedure. We hope to resolve any problem to your satisfaction, but if we do not:
In the case of BLP you may have the right to ask the Legal Ombudsman to consider your complaint by email to email@example.com, by telephone on 0300 555 0333 or by post to PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ, United Kingdom. Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint. Our complaints procedure contains further information about the powers and procedures of the Legal Ombudsman and the categories of client to whom its services are available. If your complaint is about a bill, you may also have the right to apply to the court for an assessment of our bill, but if all or part of a bill remains unpaid we may charge interest.
In the case of another BLP Firm, an Associated Firm, or of a third party we have instructed on your behalf, you may have the right to complain to the relevant professional body in the relevant jurisdiction. Our designated complaints handler can give further details.
Alternative complaints bodies exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme. You can also access the European Commission’s online dispute resolution platform at http://ec.europa.eu/odr.