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Leech & Co Solicitors - Manchester

As specialist personal injury solicitors, Leech & Co have already recovered millions of pounds in compensation over the past 25 years for clients nationwide. They use the latest technology to ensure efficient and swift claims progression, and promise direct contact with your lawyer at all times. Call 0161 749 9000 or 07483 156 860 for free initial advice.

Office Address: PO Box 256, Manchester, England, M41 4DF
Web Address: http://leech.co.uk
Email Address: leech@leech.co.uk
Phone Number: 0161 749 9000
 

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Leech & Co Personal Injury Claim Solicitors in Manchester

Leech & Co solicitors set up in 2010. Because so many law firms seem to enjoy quoting a heritage harking back to the Victorian era, any legal practice that has the number twenty at the front of its debut year is going to seem in its infancy. That's a shame, because often there is no obvious benefit in choosing a 100-year-old firm versus a 10-year-old firm simply based on their age.

The notion that a firm set up back in the 1800s will have far more experienced solicitors and 'pull' in the legal industry is definitely intimated by many of the firms boasting such legacies. In my opinion though, it's typically a marketing ploy. If you check the About Us sections of such firms or even Wikipedia pages if they exist - you'll often see a very tenuous link citing someone's uncle who bought the firm from someone's ex-wife with a few name changes along the way. We know of only a handful of well-aged firms that have someone from the original founder's family still working within the company today. Not even a full handful. I actually came across one firm quoting an incredibly long history in the area that seems to be solely based on the fact they moved into the building a much older firm originally inhabited. It's all in how you word it on the site of course.

Why am I making such a big deal out of this? Because it brings me to an excellent tip about establishing just how experienced a firm or solicitor is.

Leech & Co

If you go to the Law Society website and look up a firm you're considering, it will tell you not only who is working at that firm but how long they have been a qualified solicitor. In this instance, you'll see that whilst the firm 'Leech & Co' was established in 2010, the primary solicitor (Matthew Connery) has been practising law since 1999. Conversely, Nexus Law who are also personal injury solicitors based in Manchester who were established ten years earlier back in 2000, have several solicitors who only qualified between 2007-2014. This is not to be critical of Nexus Law in any way. It's just to highlight that whilst a lot of firms enjoy pointing out an ancient heritage which us Brits love, there are no 100-year-old solicitors working at any of those firms. Also, experience isn't something one solicitor can pass to another. Every new solicitor at a firm has to get their own over time. No matter what the age of the name above the door - you could end up with a solicitor that has only been practising a year or so.

So, let's delve into Leech & Co:

"Leech & Co are small firm of specialist personal injury lawyers. We have been working for Claimants for over 25 years and we have recovered millions of pounds of compensation for our clients. We offer a free assessment of your case at the beginning."


Sounds great but most firms have statements like these on their site. The kind of statements we want to see and that you should be looking for are:

"We are not a claims management company."


I can't stress enough how important this is. If you scroll down the to bottom of some personal injury claims websites, you'll see wording along the lines of 'Regulated for Claims Management'. This means the firm could either be a go-between for you and a solicitor they work with, or that they don't handle cases at all and will simply sell your details to a solicitor once you've called them. So, Leech&Co are an actual law firm who can deal with your case. Great.

"You can contact us at any time to discuss your case and any concerns you may have. You can contact us by e-mail, telephone, SKYPE or Facetime and we can offer a home appointment if required."


This kind of statement separates old-school thinking solicitors from the more modern, client-focused firms. For some, the idea of consulting via Skype is almost taboo. Some refuse to use email or even have a website. One actually stated to me last year that he believed the internet was a 'fad', so didn't need my help developing his online presence. (No, seriously. He really used the word 'fad'.) So when Leech & Co are writing blog articles entitled "Can the insurance company check my Facebook, Instagram & Twitter accounts?" - they're clearly living in this century.

That neatly leads me to the final positive consideration - The Blog. Whilst many firms in practically every industry will create a bunch of sales-pitches and cram them into a directory entitled 'blog' - the articles Leech & Co are putting out seem to genuinely strive towards being more informational than infomercial.

So, is there anything we don't like about Leech & Co? Well, we've been doing this a very long time and are aware that Leech & Co sprung from a company called Sorry Mate. Whilst there are no real complaints about the firm under either name - it is highly unlikely that we would fervently advocate a company called Sorry Mate. Whilst the name certainly reflected the industry in general at the time, the new alternative moniker is very welcome! But in all honestly, that's about it. We can't see any glaring issues such as SRA judgements, Legal Ombudsman complaints, or even recurring negative themes in the reviews. Otherwise, we wouldn't have invited them onto our network.

Unfortunately though, Google does not seem to distinguish between the words 'Leech', 'Leitch' and 'Leach'. So when you search for something like 'Leech Solicitors' you get a list of results including firms and solicitors with 'Leach' or 'Leitch' in the name. Often the word is in the web address too. If you're the impatient quick-clicking kind or simply very tired, you might end up in the wrong place. We therefore suggest bookmarking the correct site when you are on it. We link to the official site above which uses the secure https setup. If you type in the typical www.leech.co.uk you'll be redirected, but please note that www.leech.com redirects to a totally different company and right now neither www.leach.co.uk, www.leitch.co.uk, or other variants such as www.leechsolicitors.co.uk will get you to the correct place. Whilst you can't have a web address with an ampersand "&" in it, many "& Co" firms simply use the expanded version - e.g. www.leechandco.co.uk which is not owned by anyone right now either. There are obviously dozens of other variants and tlds possible making it even more important to bookmark the correct site as scammers will often purchase domains similar to the firm they pretend to be from. But Google's lazy approach to spelling could also hinder you finding reviews online. Make sure the reviews you've clicked on are attached to the correct firm's name.

General Notes: We haven't looked in depth at their recruitment program so are unaware of any job vacancies available. For a career with Leech & Co it's best to visit their website, check opening hours, and try to find the correct phone/email contact details set aside for such. (Emailing a CV to reception looks lazy.) If money is an issue, it's always best to ask about options such as Legal Aid up front. Each law firm's Law Society and/or SRA number should be on their site. It's usually at the bottom of each page. - www.leech.co.uk

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