- Bevan Brittan LLP – ownership and regulation
- complaints procedure
- cyber fraud
- important notice about investments and insurance mediation activity
- The Board
Bevan Brittan LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales (number OC309219). Our registered office is at Kings Orchard, 1 Queen Street Bristol BS2 0HQ, which is the firm’s Bristol office.
Bevan Brittan LLP is a ‘recognised body’ authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and practises in accordance with the SRA’s rules, regulations and codes of practice (http://www.sra.org.uk/solicitors/handbook/code/content.page). Our SRA number is 406315.
A list of members (all of whom are solicitors of England & Wales) is available in our offices. We use the term 'partner' to refer to a member of the LLP, or an employee or consultant who is a lawyer with equivalent standing and qualifications.
Our VAT registration number is GB 840 7231 48. Further important information about billing is printed on our invoices. Your usual contact will be happy to discuss any requirements or concerns you may have about the way we bill the work we do for you.
We have compulsory professional indemnity insurance of £3 million, each and every claim, in place and further details are available to clients from Duncan Weir, our Managing Partner. Our insurance runs from 01 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 and our policy number is LB 035/18. It is placed with Libra Managers on behalf of a number of Lloyd's Syndicates led by MS Amlin Syndicate 2001, and is managed by Libra Managers Limited, Regis House, 45 King William Street, London, EC4R 9AS. The insurance covers work from offices in England & Wales but extends to acts or omissions wherever in the world they occur.
Click here to view further details of the minimum terms for compulsory insurance.
Bevan Brittan LLP is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner under reference: Z9665446.
The quality management system of Bevan Brittan LLP has been assessed and certified by SGS as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 for the provision of Legal Services under certificate number GB11/84396.
Bevan Brittan LLP operates an information security management system in relation to legal services which has been assessed and certified by BSI as meeting the requirements of ISO 27001:2013 under certificate number IS 596933.
Cyber Essentials Plus
The Cyber Essentials scheme sets out a good baseline of cyber security, designed to test that an organisation has a robust level of cyber and information security.
We want to provide a high quality service to all our clients which protects their interests and we want to live up to our Client Promises.
We appreciate that we may not always achieve these aims but want to know about problems and put them right if we can, promptly, fairly and effectively. We value feedback from our clients and want to learn from it.
Where do you start?
Please contact either the Supervising Partner, the Head of Department responsible for your case or your Client Relationship Partner. If you don’t know who to speak to, then please ask our managing partner, Duncan Weir. He will either deal with the matter himself or ask another partner to take responsibility for responding to you.
What happens next?
We can’t promise to get you a complete answer quickly in every case as we want to understand every complaint fully, and this can take time. We do promise to acknowledge your complaint promptly and keep in touch with you to the extent that you want us to.
What we will do
This will depend on the nature of the problem. We will communicate with you as you choose, whether in writing, in a meeting or by telephone. We usually aim to complete investigations within two weeks, but it can take longer, especially if files have been archived or are particularly complex, in which case we aim to complete an investigation within eight weeks. If we have made an error which is negligent then we are required to refer you to another lawyer and cannot advise you further. If this is the case we will say so.
What steps can you take if you are not happy with our response?
We hope we can resolve the problem but if we are not able to, we will tell you in writing that this is the case.
If you are not happy with the outcome you may be able to refer the matter to the independent Legal Ombudsman (LeO). You should do so as soon as possible and in any event within six months of our final communication to you about your complaint. The LeO's website is www.legalombudsman.org.uk and contains useful information including the criteria for accepting a complaint (broadly, only from individuals and small businesses, charities and similar organisations) and time limits - LeO will accept a complaint six years from the date of the act or omission or three years from when you should have known about the complaint provided that date is not before 6 October 2010. The LeO's postal address is: PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ and the telephone number is 0300 555 0333. Email enquiries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternative complaints bodies (such as ProMediate) exist which are competent to deal with complaints about legal services should both you and our firm wish to use such a scheme.
Please be aware that fraudsters are targeting law firm clients. By hacking into clients' IT systems and using social engineering techniques, fraudsters can gain access to confidential e-mail correspondence and trick clients into sending funds to the wrong bank account.
If you receive an e-mail that purports to come from Bevan Brittan LLP informing you of a change to our bank account details, this is almost certainly fraudulent. Please telephone your normal Bevan Brittan contact as soon as possible (using the contact details on our website or our letter paper) and do not take any steps to send funds to the nominated bank account in the meantime. Before sending any funds to Bevan Brittan please double check that the bank details are correct.
Bevan Brittan will not accept responsibility if you send money to the wrong bank account.
If, while we are acting for you, you need advice on investments, we may have to refer you to someone who is authorised to provide the necessary advice. We are legal advisers and do not give advice about the merits of an investment transaction. Because we are members of the Law Society of England & Wales, which is a designated professional body for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000, we may provide certain very limited investment advice services where these are closely linked to legal work we are already undertaking for our clients.
‘Insurance mediation activity’, is, broadly, the advising on, selling and administration of insurance contracts. Insurance mediation activities are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as is the provision of investment advice.
Bevan Brittan LLP is not authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority but we are included on the Financial Services Register maintained by them so that we can carry on certain insurance mediation activity.
Concerns about investment or insurance mediation advice
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is the independent regulatory arm of the Law Society and the Legal Ombudsman is the independent complaints handling body who will consider certain types of complaints within specific timescales. If you are unhappy about investment or insurance mediation advice that you receive from us you should raise your concerns with us and, if you are still not satisfied, with either of these bodies.
Our board are responsible for the implementation of the firm’s strategy, financial performance, risk management and operational issues. This includes consistent governance and compliance around all key operating decisions and projects which are consistent with the firm's core values to ensure communicating and delivering excellent service to our clients and staff.
Duncan Weir – Managing Partner
Joanne Easterbrook – Senior Partner and Head of Clinical Risk Department
Adam Kendall – Chairperson and Head of Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory (LAR) Department
Mark Calverley – Head of Property
Andrew Tobin – Head of Commercial & Infrastructure
Rob Harrison – Property Partner
Jonathan Turner – Commercial & Infrastructure Partner
Nick Hodgson - Director of Finance
Kathryn Sullivan - HR Director
Peter Rogers – Director of Risk
Tim Bartlett - Business Development and Marketing Director
Owen Bishop - Director of Transformation