01335 300949

44a St Johns St,
Ashbourne, DE6 1GH

01773 295799

2 The Walkway, Grosvenor Rd,
Ripley DE5 3JF

Mon - Fri:
9:00 - 17:00

We never close at lunch

Making a complaint

You can register the complaint with Joanne Clay who can be contacted by email at or by letter to be sent to 2 The Walkway, Grosvenor Road, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3JF or by telephone on 01773 295799.. She is responsible for ensuring that complaints are handled effectively and in accordance with this procedure. This procedure will also apply to prospective clients who we have refused to provide a service to or persistently or unreasonably offered an unwanted service to but only if the complainant has evidence to show that we did not have reasonable grounds to do so.

Investigating the complaint
(1) We will acknowledge the complaint within seven days.
(2) We will conduct a full investigation and an independent review of the matter.
(3) Where a full response cannot be given in seven days we will acknowledge receipt of the complaint in that timescale, give the reason for the delay and commit to responding fully within 28 days of receipt of the initial complaint.
(4) Our response to the complainant will include:
· A clear explanation of assessment of the complaint;
· Our decision on it;
· Any offer of remedial action and/or redress where a complaint is upheld;
· Information on our complaint-handling review procedure (if applicable), its timeframes and how it can be accessed;
· Information on the complainant’s right to refer the complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, its time frames and contact details.
(5) If the complainant is dissatisfied with the outcome, or the way the complaint has been handled, the complainant may write to Joanne Clay who will make such further investigations as are necessary.
(6) Joanne Clay will inform the complainant of the conclusions and any alternative proposals to resolve the complaint, usually within 28 days of this being referred to her.
(7) If still unresolved at this stage, the complainant may take their complaint to the Legal Ombudsman, you will have to bring your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within 6 months of receiving a final response from us about your complaint.

From 1 April 2023, the Legal Ombudsman expects complaints to be made to them:

• within one year from the date of the act or omission being complained about; or
• within one year from the date when the complainant should have realised that there was cause for complaint

The requirement to refer your concerns to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of our final response to you remains the same.
(8) We will record and report centrally all complaints received from clients.
(9) We will identify the cause of any problems of which the client has complained offering appropriate redress and correcting any unsatisfactory procedures.
Legal Ombudsman
The Legal Ombudsman is an independent body established by the Office for Legal Complaints under the Legal Services Act 2007 to deal with complaints against Licensed Conveyancers.
The Legal Ombudsman may:
· Investigate the quality of professional service supplied by a Licensed Conveyancer to a client.
· Investigate allegations that a Licensed Conveyancer has breached rules of professional conduct.
· Investigate allegations that a Licensed Conveyancer has unreasonably refused to supply a professional service to a prospective client.
· Investigate allegations that a Licensed Conveyancer has persistently or unreasonably offered a professional service that the client does not want.
Before it will consider a complaint the Legal Ombudsman generally requires that the Firm’s internal Complaints Procedure has been exhausted. If the Legal Ombudsman is satisfied that the Firm’s proposals for resolving a complaint are reasonable, it may decline to investigate further.
The Legal Ombudsman’s address is:
PO Box 6167, Slough, SL1 0EH; telephone, 0300 555 0333; website,; or email

Our Regulator, the Council for Licensed Conveyancers can help you if you are concerned about our behaviour. This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating
you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.
You can raise your concerns with the Council for Licensed Conveyancers using the following contact details:
Contact Centre open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Tel: 020 3859 0904

Postal address:
Council for Licensed Conveyancers
120 Moorgate

If you make a valid claim against us for a loss arising out of work for which we are legally responsible, and we are unable to meet our liability in full, you may be entitled to claim from the Compensation Fund administered by the Council for Licensed Conveyancers (from whom details can be obtained).

Cyber Crime

Please be aware that there is a significant risk posed by cyber fraud, specifically affecting email accounts and bank account details.

PLEASE NOTE that JC Lawyers bank account details WILL NOT change during the course of a transaction and we WILL NOT change our bank account details via email. 

Please check account details with us in person if in any doubt. We will not accept responsibility if you transfer money into an incorrect bank account