MTA Personal Injury Solicitors LLP Info
MTA Personal Injury Solicitors LLP in Bromley, Kent - Greater London: Review
If you've read any other review articles on our site already, you'll know there's usually a pretty good reason for us to select a firm and add it to our list of recommended legal professionals. We certainly don't operate a 'cram everyone in' type of directory.
It could be that the firm offers a service in a very different way, or for a remarkably different cost, or have international offices (e.g. in the case of an Immigration firm), or are simply marked as being the best in their field. We added one firm because of their exceptional opening hours including up to 8pm for weekday appointments in the evenings and alternate Sat/Sun openings too. Even in these modern, internet-based, non-stop-access-wanting times it's still rare for a law firm to open beyond the standard 9am-5pm Mon-Fri.
However, if you've already researched MTA Solicitors a bit before coming to our site - you might be perplexed at us touting them as a recommended firm considering other review forums have a considerable number of negative comments about their services.
Unfortunately MTA Solicitors seem to have been incorrectly blamed for a cold-calling scam which you can see detailed on the official Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) website. It happens to firms all the time where a cold-caller states they are from a certain company in order to seem genuine if the person wants to quickly look them up. It also helps them hide who they really are to avoid complaints.
We get these sorts of calls regularly as well. They ask us about car accidents we've never been in then hang up when we ask them to repeat their company details. Such calls are usually from individuals with no relation to any real law firm. They are trying to get your details in order to sell them on as a 'case lead' to less scrupulous claims companies.
We were actually the victim of a similar scam where a firm was trying to sell on people's details and pretended to be a staff member of 1to1Legal. They were not and that's something we absolutely do not do. Therefore if you flick through the comments section of a third party review forum, it's probably a good idea to ignore any negative rating that relates to having been annoyingly cold-called by someone stating they were from MTA.
This opening line on the firm's website sounds good. But the majority of firms state something similar. So what resources are available to back up such claims? Certainly the firm has the usual testimonials on it's website:
"... MTA has been extremely and has helped me through this claim. All staff are very helpful and patient."
"MTA Personal Injury was outstanding ... kept me informed regularly of all aspects of my claim and always had time to discuss any queries."
However according to our poll a couple of years ago, less than a fifth of you actually trust testimonials on company websites. (That's actually a really depressing statistic but we'll leave that discussion for another day.) So aside from the negative side-effects of the cold-calling scam detailed above - what are people saying about the firm on the third party forums such as Trustpilot, Google, Yelp, Yell.com and so on:
"MTA solicitors they delt with our claim and kept us up to date every step of the way very satisfied with the outcome"
"very efficient and professional in all aspects of my case ... always had time to discuss any queries
There's a clear general theme there covering the main points people are typically looking for in a law firm. Clarity, communication, and results. If you're still struggling to decide between various firms, there are other things you can check independently too. For example if all five of your local solicitor's offices have great reviews and well worded sales pitches on their website - you can check the background of the solicitors within each practice to see who may have the most experience.
Most lawyers in the UK are registered with a Law Society. It's not as common as them being registered with the SRA, so don't take the fact a solicitor is not registered as some negative feature. Also, they may be registered with a far more local/niche Law Society rather than one of the larger organisations. The Law Society for England & Wales has a very good user side setup allowing people to see a wide range of details including each legal professional's expertise, contact details and experience. It's a hugely helpful resource.
If you check the page for MTA Solicitors you can click around for further details about the firm. As you'll see, one of the solicitors at the firm called Michael Taylor has been a qualified solicitor since 1983. So that's a good indication they've handled quite a few cases in their time.
As this firm handles Personal Injury matters, we should just make a quick clarification about the slogans 'No Win, No Fee' and '100% Compensation'. They do not mean the same thing. No win, no fee means that if your case loses you will not have to pay anything and there are no up front costs either. However, you may be asked to sign a Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA) which allows the solicitor to take a cut of your compensation. Usually around 25%. A guarantee to receive 100% of your compensation on the other hand means there are absolutely no costs to you at all whether win or lose.
For some reason, the MTA Solicitor's website does not boast it's No Win, No Fee offer as much as most other Personal Injury firms. However, it should be available across their range of claims services as it's mentioned in the majority of their other advertising. In fact, we don't think we know of any firm in the UK that doesn't offer No Win, No Fee for Personal Injury matters these days. A good firm will always make sure their fee structure is understandable and transparent, but it doesn't hurt to ask.
A quick note on navigation as well. You may see the names MTA Solicitors LLP and MTA Personal injury Solicitors LLP when looking up this firm. There are also two Bromley addresses knocking around as well, but it's the same practice and the address on the firm's website is the correct one if you need to visit. The website we link to above is www.mtapersonalinjury.com and it contains the most information about the firm and it's services. www.mtapersonalinjury.co.uk currently does not display anything but there is a www.mtasolicitors.com website. It only shows the most basic contact details though and again the www.mtasolicitors.co.uk variant shows nothing.
Another type of scam going round right now is targeting people trying to buy or sell a house in order to get them to accidentally deposit money into a fake bank account. They can use spoofed or similar looking domain names in their website and email addresses. So even though injury claim clients don't seem to be being targeted in that way, it's still probably a good idea to bookmark the correct site we link to above. The last thing you want to is mistype the name and end up giving your phone number to the wrong people.
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 MTA Personal Injury Solicitors LLP it's best to visit the website (www.mtapersonalinjury.com), 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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