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  • #52132
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    Hi there, does anyone have any exoerience of the most effective way of complaining about a lawyer ? is there an alternative to the local college of lawyers.
    Any advice welcome Teresa

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    I think the Collegio is probably the preferred route in Spain. Unlike the law society in the UK, it does not seem anywhere near as effective though.

    We are in the process of TRYING to retrieve 70% of £7,000+ euros from our original lawyer. (We will concede 30% in line with the 30% deposit we paid for the apartment that was never built). We have several issues with these lawyers. Not least signing a contract days before the building license was suspended. It already had big ? over it,( unbeknown to us!) and that is why the bank would not issue a Bank Guarantee. Something we were assured by these lawyers we would have. 😈 We only got our BG 15 months later AFTER they told us our apartment blocks were not going to be built. At least we got one. ❗

    We are going to report them to OMIC and the Collegio and if all that fails we will go through the courts…….however long it takes!!!!

    I have been in contact with someone who has put a case before the Collegio about these same lawyers. It has taken over 2 1/2 years. It is still not finalised. The Collegio suspended the senior partner, he appealed (which I understand they can do ONCE) they suspended him again and he appealed for a second time!!!!!! He still continues working whilst these appeals are looked at!!!!!.

    In our experience, ” irregularities” happen at an even higher level than the lawyers. Where do you report those?????? It is quite unbelievable what goes on!

    Twelve days ago, my husband wrote to the law firm in question, saying that in the light of our recent court case(which was upheld to return our 30% deposit + interest) we requested the return of the monies we paid upfront to pay for all costs up to completion of our apartment less 30%, which we felt was reasonable. (also advised by our current lawyer). To date the senior partner has not had the courtesy to respond to us. Both his clerk and the lawyer who took over our file within this firm has responded, only to say that they have passed our request on to the senior partner. We are now sending him daily emails! All of this evidence will go against him one day…soon!!

    Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox now. You asked a simple question and I have written a mini serial!!! 🙂 Hopefully, someone can give us both advice.

    Good Luck,

    Claire.

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    I think the Collegio is probably the preferred route in Spain. Unlike the law society in the UK, it does not seem anywhere near as effective though.

    We are in the process of TRYING to retrieve 70% of £7,000+ euros from our original lawyer. (We will concede 30% in line with the 30% deposit we paid for the apartment that was never built). We have several issues with these lawyers. Not least signing a contract days before the building license was suspended. It already had big ? over it,( unbeknown to us!) and that is why the bank would not issue a Bank Guarantee. Something we were assured by these lawyers we would have. 😈 We only got our BG 15 months later AFTER they told us our apartment blocks were not going to be built. At least we got one. ❗

    We are going to report them to OMIC and the Collegio and if all that fails we will go through the courts…….however long it takes!!!!

    I have been in contact with someone who has put a case before the Collegio about these same lawyers. It has taken over 2 1/2 years. It is still not finalised. The Collegio suspended the senior partner, he appealed (which I understand they can do ONCE) they suspended him again and he appealed for a second time!!!!!! He still continues working whilst these appeals are looked at!!!!!.

    In our experience, ” irregularities” happen at an even higher level than the lawyers. Where do you report those?????? It is quite unbelievable what goes on!

    Twelve days ago, my husband wrote to the law firm in question, saying that in the light of our recent court case(which was upheld to return our 30% deposit + interest) we requested the return of the monies we paid upfront to pay for all costs up to completion of our apartment less 30%, which we felt was reasonable. (also advised by our current lawyer). To date the senior partner has not had the courtesy to respond to us. Both his clerk and the lawyer who took over our file within this firm has responded, only to say that they have passed our request on to the senior partner. We are now sending him daily emails! All of this evidence will go against him one day…soon!!

    Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox now. You asked a simple question and I have written a mini serial!!! 🙂 Hopefully, someone can give us both advice.

    Good Luck,

    Claire.

  • #65021
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    Hi Claire and thank you for your reply. Sorry to hear of all your problems, and hope you reach a solution.
    I want to complain about the seller’s lawyer of a house I have been having a hassle buying. The sellers have now appointed another lawyer and it is obvious that a lot of the problems have been caused by their original lawyer. I am also intending on going down the OMIC route.
    Is there anyone out there with any other advice for both of us ?
    Teresa

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