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Leech & Co Solicitors - Manchester

Leech & Co Solicitors (Lancashire & Manchester) specialise in helping people with Wills, Power of Attorney, Funeral Plans, Probate, Court of Protection, Estate Administration and more. They are a small, friendly, experienced team offering free initial advice, home appointments as standard, fixed fees, no hidden costs and direct contact with a designated lawyer.

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

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If you've flicked through a few other sites when researching Leech & Co Solicitors Ltd, you may have seen a company start date quoted as 2010. That's just when they became a limited company. The firm's website obviously states they've been helping clients for over 25 years.

I'm sure you've seen many law firms quoting a heritage harking back to Victorian times. Therefore a legal practice with a mere 25+ years behind it might sound in its infancy. It would be a shame if public perception continues that way because there is no real benefit in choosing a 100-year-old firm versus a 10-year-old firm simply based on the date they say they were founded.

"We are a small, independent, modern law firm, but with all of the experience and expertise of a long-established practice. We have a passionate commitment to old-fashioned values of client care and we will always come to you at your home or workplace so you do not have to come to our office."

Leech & Co

Originally a much wider ranging firm covering many different issues, Leech & Co have since moved to specialise in Wills, Probate, Court of Protection and Power of Attorney matters. Most people prefer a law firm that specialises in a specific area of law and rightly so. Naturally the level of expertise and experience grows faster and they are more likely to be up-to-date with the latest developments and opportunities in that sector.

As we've pointed out in the past, you can go to the Law Society website and look up any firm you're considering. It will tell you not only who is working at that firm but what their specialities are and how long they have been practicing. In this instance, you'll see Leech & Co's primary solicitor (Matthew Connery) has been practising law since 1999 whilst another solicitor at the firm (Rebecca Schofield) qualified in 1998. I'm positive that if you check up on some firms boasting decades of history, you'll find the solicitors currently employed there have far less experience than that. You could get a 1-year experienced solicitor from a 30-year-old firm and a 30-year experience solicitor from a 1-year-old firm. Hence my previous comments about 100-year-old firms simply being a marketing ploy to sound better than newer firms.

"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 facility certainly separates old-school thinking solicitors from the more modern, client-focused firms. For some legal professionals, the idea of consulting via Skype would be practically taboo. Some refuse to even have a website. I genuinely spoke to a solicitor a few years back who called the internet a 'fad' which probably wouldn't last much longer. He therefore turned down our offer to list him on our site and preferred to stick to advertising in his local newspaper. Hard to believe such people still exist. So when Leech & Co are writing blog articles entitled "Can the insurance company check my Facebook, Instagram & Twitter accounts?" - they clearly understand and are attempting to work with modern day clients and how they most feel comfortable communicating. Even if you don't want to Skype them, the fact they have obviously put thought and action into how they communicate with their clients is still a big plus in their favour.

Leech and Co's Blog is actually more information-oriented than we typically see from law firms. In fact for most industries whether financial or farming, the 'News' or 'Blog' section of a company's website is usually just some thinly disguised stack of extra sales-pitches with maybe two sentences of useful information stuffed in the middle of each.

"A Death Cafe is, basically, a group of people who gather in a cafe to eat, drink and talk about death and dying ... for people who have to confront their own death or confront the death of a loved one, the chance to discuss their feelings and fears can be a great source of comfort."

We had not heard of Death Cafes before, but Leech & Co have a full page dedicated to the subject. Whilst it's certainly on-topic with their particular client focus - I imagine it's something you only really understand when that time actually comes. We definitely throw a large wad of Kudos their way for bringing it up though. Apparently there are over 2000+ such locations across the UK so I imagine the majority of solicitors dealing with Wills, Court of Protection and Power of Attorney matters are aware of them. However, as I said, we had not seen them mentioned openly on any other solicitor's website before now.

"I would say the services I received from Matthew Connery is a good balance of low fees, low stress and fast and comprehensive resolutions."

"kept us in the picture throughout, and handled the claim well, and we ended up with a good result."

"I had absolute confidence that Leech & Co were always acting in my best interest"

"I had seen adverts for ‘Online Wills’, and we are now thankfully [sic] that we never went down that road ... extremely grateful for the time and service we received from Leech and Co and would highly recommend them to anyone."

Those are a few snippets from the public reviews we checked out. We also checked for SRA judgements, Legal Ombudsman complaints, and even recurring negative themes in the reviews. There were a few one star reviews on Google, but the reviewers didn't leave any comments about why - which is no help at all. For all we know they were reviewing the wrong firm or had a ridiculous reason for leaving such a poor rating. There is a review for the criminal law firm The Johnson Partnership where the reviewer is furious about them refusing to take on his divorce case. Some people are idiots, which is why we always recommend ignoring general ratings unless there are accompanied by the reviewer's comments for proper context.

Considering the subject matter and their offer of home visits, we were surprised to see Leech&Co's opening hours listed as the standard 9am-5pm / Mon-Fri solicitor's working week. Wills services don't exactly need to be the 24/7 emergency hotlines of Criminal Law. However if more legal advice providers could stretch to one late night a week or one Saturday clinic a month even - such availability offers always go down well with potential clients. Even those who don't need the out of hours appointments appreciate the idea of flexibility and availability in their solicitor rather than imagining constant answering machines.

"20% off for all NHS staff, teachers, carers, Police and armed services"

Finally a quick note on navigation as unfortunately Google does not seem to distinguish between spellings such as 'Leech', 'Leitch' and 'Leach' when you search for the firm. We link to the official site above which uses the secure https setup. If you are a returning client you may have used the www.leech.co.uk web address in the past. We are linking to the www.leechandco.co.uk site above. Both are valid, relate to the same company and the non-secure versions will redirect you no problem to the secure (https) sites which is great. However neither www.leechandco.com or www.leech.com are for the UK law firm.

Certainly as you can't have a web address containing an ampersand (&), any "& Co" firm will need to use the expanded 'leechandco' style. Because of the UK tld this can result in www.leechandco.uk type errors (which we see in our own internal search box) not to mention the www.leach.co.uk, www.leitch.co.uk or other mis-spellings. There are some error addresses that the firm own and which redirect you to the correct site such as www.leechsolicitors.co.uk but definitely don't rely on this. There are so many variants and we didn't even scratch the surface.

Why is all that relevant? To make the point that even with a firm's name that is quite unique there are often dozens of possible errors to be made. That makes it even more important to bookmark the correct site because scammers will often purchase domains similar to the firm they pretend to be from. Google's lazy approach to spelling is also a problem because it could hinder you finding reviews online about the correct firm. These are just a couple of things to note which you may not already have been aware of.

"We are a boutique firm of committed, compassionate and friendly private client Solicitors providing expert, high-quality legal services to our clients. Our aim is to put our clients first in everything we do. Our ambition is to build a law firm that is based on long-term, trusting relationships with our clients. Our hope is that you join us on this journey."


General Notes: Usually if Legal Aid is possible we've mentioned it above, but you can always ask. 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 the website (www.leechandco.co.uk), check opening hours, and find the correct phone/email contact details. Simply emailing a CV to reception looks lazy. Each law firm's Law Society and/or SRA number should be on their site, usually at the bottom of each page.

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