1to1 Legal USA Solicitor Law Firm Reviews
Law Firm Marketing
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors Info


Hello. We are no longer partnered with Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors so the information below may be out of date. This page will be removed/replaced in due course. Please use the Solicitor Search box on the right to find an alternate firm in your area. Thank you.

Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors - Bradford

The firm is based ten minutes from Bradford City Centre, with good bus/rail links to both Bradford and Leeds and close to motorway networks. There is free parking on site as well as wheelchair access in comfortable surroundings. Opening hours are 9am - 5pm Monday-Friday. Arrangements can be made outside of hours, as well as home visits on request.

 

Meresbrook Pollard Ltd on YouTube

Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors in Bradford

If you've come to 1to1Legal before to read informational reviews about firms, this one is going to have a couple of firsts. Not only does Meresbrook Pollard have a unique case range that we've not seen elsewhere, but the reason we wanted them on our network and are recommending them to you - involves a considerable amount of 'intuition'.

Why should you trust our gut about this firm? We've been working with solicitors for 20+ years at the time of writing this. We've done work for hundreds of them, are regularly in contact with hundreds more, and are connected to thousands more across social media. Have we been wrong before? Yes. But here's what we did discover about this particular firm:

Their case range includes Immigration (e.g. spouse/family/student visas), Civil Litigation (e.g. employment/family law), and Criminal Law (e.g. drugs, poca proceedings, benefit fraud, etc.). Why is that unique? Because we've never seen a firm targeting those three as their core. That's probably because they generally involve considerable work, a lot of time spent with the client, yet do not have the highest financial return. But whilst the two main solicitors of the firm have a combined history of 20 years, and whilst Meresbrook Pollard has been around since 2011 - there is not a lot of information about them across the web for us to research or quote.

Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors

However, we also couldn't find any negative information about this firm. There are no news scandals. There are no lists of negative reviews on the regular review sites. There isn't even a single complaint in the Legal Ombudsman's database against them (we've gone through 8,000+ complaint records). There's also a distinct lack of self-promoting material. No photo opportunities of the staff feeding homeless people, no self-released 'news stories' with plenty of flattering descriptions of the firm. That's partly where 'intuition' comes into play. Here's more:

"At Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors we focus on detail and believe in thorough preparation as a key feature of our service and offer an initial thirty minute interview free of charge at the outset."

Firms that offer any free consultation are getting rarer, and sometimes that free time is not with an actual solicitor anyway. So this is a good start.

"We are based in West Yorkshire in the heart of the community and pride ourselves on being a local firm for local people."

This is another claim often made by firms. However, it is not uncommon for firms that claim to be locally-minded to not actually cover case types that require them to work with local people at all. For MeresbrookPollard, cases like criminal law are mostly local cases. Only the super rich will hire an expensive London expert, then fly them up to Bradford to visit them at the police station and go to court. Also, with Yorkshire's immigrant population having doubled in the past decade, it would be hard to imagine this firm having to advertise outside of the area for immigration clients either. Word of mouth may suffice.

"We work on a fixed fee basis which ensures that our clients are aware from the outset as to what their legal fees will be."

That statement isn't actually on their website. We found it posted in the About sections of their social media profiles. Why they don't state it strongly on their website we're not sure, because it's a fairly important feature. With hourly solicitor rates often being around £150, knowing the exact cost beforehand and that it won't increase over time is important.

They also apparently provide discounts to NHS staff and the Armed Forces. As you can tell from the links, this is information we spotted on some third party websites that specialise in locating such discounts. We didn't find it mentioned on the firm's own site, so be sure to ask if those offers are still available. At the moment, many law firms are struggling due to the huge changes taking place. More than 1000 solicitors had to close up shop last year alone. So if Meresbrook Pollard do need to remove this offer at some point, or if these sites were displaying the promotion well past the date promised - then don't hold it against them. Rather, appreciate the fact that such discounts were offered at all.

The language on the website is actually pretty standard. They state an aim of providing a "professional, friendly and reliable service" with a "caring approach" that pushes them to "go the extra mile". They promise "thorough preparation" to provide you with a "tailor-made solution" whilst "keeping you informed at every stage of your case". They set a high bar for themselves, which will say will be achieved because of their "highly qualified and experienced professionals" providing the "highest quality service" to the "highest calibre".

They also promise to do all this whist being "non judgmental". Having worked in immigration/asylum myself for a couple of years, not being judgmental is something many people involved find hard to do. I certainly was not prepared for the levels of false information and types of deception I encountered. A lot of the case workers I spoke to genuinely struggled to stay open-minded after a while.

So that brings us back to our gut feeling about this firm. The two primary solicitors are Zahida Alam who qualified as a solicitor in 2004, and Shazia Sarwar who qualified as a solicitor in 2011. I've spoken with both of them over the phone and they genuinely do sound like the "friendly" people they call themselves on their website. With the promise of the 30 minute free interview, the lofty goals they aspire to, the fact no-one seems to have anything negative to say about them, the fixed fees, and so on - we hope you'll agree that at least a phone call is in order to gauge for yourself how experienced, friendly, and willing they sound about your particular case.

Last few notes: It is not mentioned on the website that they handle personal injury claims, but they do. They also cover licensing (e.g. taxis, liquor, gaming, etc.) which is mentioned only briefly on an inner page, so you might miss it. "Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors" and "Meresbrook Pollard Ltd" are the same people. We couldn't find any information on why they are called Meresbrook Pollard, but they wouldn't be the first firm to just pick a name they like the sound of. ;)

On navigation, the web address is quite long which isn't always great. Especially if you're trying to type it in with your thumb on a mobile. The official address is www.meresbrookpollardsolicitors.co.uk, not www.meresbrookpollard.co.uk, and the common variants of those - www.meresbrookpollardsolicitors.com and www.meresbrookpollard.com - don't seem to be owned by the firm either. We highly recommend that you bookmark the site once you're on it for that reason. We also had trouble with some bits on the site which were in Flash which is no longer supported on some browsers, especially tablets and mobile devices. Of course, that could have been cleared up by the time you read this, but unfortunately the fact that their website is not mobile friendly and uses Flash is something of note considering how prolific the use of these devices are.

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 Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors it's best to visit the website (www.meresbrookpollardsolicitors.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.

Meresbrook Pollard Ltd


0.0
This Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors article is rated
0.0 / 5 based on 0 reviews. †
(Voting has been suspended for this page.)
Found this article helpful? Rate it:

Disclaimer


Other Law Firms with Reviews like Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors:

» Huneewoth Solicitors - Whilst a firm may call itself Super Clear Law and have superclearlaw ...
» Davey Law - If we asked people to imagine a typical ...
» Edward Hands & Lewis Solicitors - The www ...
» Cubism Law Solicitors - They won a Corporate Vision Legal Expert Award in 2016 ...
» Claims Funding UK - Litigation funding has been around for a while now ...
» Ashmans Solicitors - But the uptake of that mindset across the legal industry is slow to say the least ...
» Kings Court Trust Ltd - Also even though the web address www ...
» Blain Boland & Co - This means they can provide expert and experienced advice to Churches on legal matters whether they are an established denomination or independent ...
» Amnesty Solicitors Ltd - There's certainly plenty of room at the front ...
» Kings View Chambers - Their focus is very much on defending people ...
» Countrywide Conveyancing Services - This resulted in a poll asking people if they would use an ABS coming back with only 1% saying 'yes' ...
» Waterstone Solicitors - We see the most common error as being www ...
» rhw Solicitors LLP - Honest!) We're not the only ones though ...
» Savants Advisory Ltd - However if you are a charity ...


Law Firms in the UK
Search for Solicitors Near You:

Search for Legal Help Near You:


Recommended Firms:
Firms with Most Complaints:
This list is based largely on the Legal Ombudsman's complaints database, adjusted for relevant circumstances such as firm size:

 » Mr Tariq Rehman of Kings Court Chambers
 » Allan Rutherford Ltd
 » Parabis Law LLP (aka Cogent Law or Plexus Law)
 » Allerton Kaye
 » DAS Law Limited
 » Mr Wray of Kings Court Chambers
 » Minster Law Ltd
 » Handley Brown LLP
 » Lyons Davidson Ltd
 » Keppe & Partners

The Legal Ombudsman's complaints database can be viewed by anyone here »
Related News:
UK fined over mentally ill mans "inhuman treatment" in police custody - www.guardian.co.uk

78% of people have been "encouraged" to make a compensation claim - www.postonline.co.uk

Barclays takes £300m hit on mis-sold PPI claims - www.independent.co.uk

Law Firm Marketing Blog:
The Best Way To Catch New Clients? Locate Their Associations And Get Actively Involved: SMX has practical hints & techniques for anyone plus a welcoming environment for newcomers. N. They were farther pared to a top five list depending on their popularity with informed plaintiffs and power to acquire substantial atto ... Legal Executives Directory


Law Firm Advertising: .typically in or near N.Y.C.). Make sure that your review and approve comments before they go live should you accept comments on your own personal law site. You could also call the nation 's embassy .normally in or near D ... Law Firm Website Development


Choosing The Right Training Contract For Your Graduate Career In Law: Veronica Taylor is Assistant Marketing Manager. James was an insurance coverage associate with a major Minneapolis law firm who had been only entering his second year of law school. James accepted a place using a well kno ... Directory Listings for Solicitors


East Lancs Solicitor Struck Off After GBP400k Fraud (From Lancashire Telegraph): They discuss the significance of seeking legal advice as well as the qualities to look for in a whiplash solicitor below. This site is meant to keep all solicitors within Mid Essex in touch with all the Society as well as their ev ... Bankruptcy Lawyer Marketing


>> SEO for Law Firms? <<
Law Firm Marketing
Site Search

GoogleCustom Search
Law Firm? Vote:
Should personal injury claims firms be allowed to advertise on TV?

Yes
No

Meresbrookpollardsolicitors.co.uk Info Page Copyright © us. 2007-2019
Meresbrook Pollard Solicitors Logo, Branding, etc. © them. (obviously)
1to1 Legal, Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, AB42 3WY
part of the ClaimsHeaven.co.uk network.
Cookie This website uses cookies to personalise content/adverts, integrate social media functions, analyse our traffic, track votes, etc. Please check with third party application providers such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google for how they use your data. By using this website you consent to our use of cookies.
Learn More   ::   I Accept   ::   I Decline