Taylor Price Solicitors Info
Taylor Price Legal Ltd - Solicitors in Leeds & Levenshulme (Manchester): Review
Continuing our batch of reviews of high-street solicitor firms we turn to Taylor Price Solicitors. A firm we've been aware of for a long time with staff we've conversed with numerous times since their founding. Obviously we can't possibly try out the legal services of each firm we cover, but there are plenty of public review and rating forums out there already. We will try to show you how to find information between the lines and point out research resources you may not be aware of.
Sometimes when people see a long list of case types they assume the solicitors within the firm have a jack-of-all-trades mentality. This can then make them feel less capable. For example, when most people are charged with a motoring offence they will immediately look for a 'specialist' firm. that handles nothing by those case types in the hope this gives them the best chance (i.e. knowing all the loopholes).
However some firms with long case lists can still absolutely be 'specialists' as long as there are individual lawyers within the firm focused on certain niche case types each. Making them a group of specialists rather than a firm trying to take on too much at once. Well give you some tips on how to tell them apart in a few paragraphs, but first:
If you've already trawled through dozens of legal sites today looking for a firm, you may have noticed the text on their sites can start to sound very similar. Word like 'friendly', 'efficient' or 'modern' pop up constantly but don't really help to distinguish that firm from their competitors. It's not as if there is any firm out there claiming to have the complete opposite of these traits.
There are plenty of things to pick out though that could make a difference to your decision. For example most firms will also claim a certain amount of experience, although not always in the clearest of way. Watch out for firms that claim ancient establishment dates such as 'founded in 1781'. Nine times out of ten this will be a gambit to make people think there is a huge amount of experience at the firm, when in reality you could easily get a 1-year qualified lawyer from a 300-year old firm. The age of the law office's brand name is therefore rather unimportant.
In the face of these long-establishment claims by other firms, being a law firm that started in 2015 can make it sound as though there is not much experience within it. But later on in the site they also state:
Which is the main point to take away from this mini-rant about tenuous links to ancient founding dates. It's not the age of the firm that's important, but the experience levels of the staff. A really great resource to help with this is any local law society a firm might have joined. Taylor Price is registered with The Law Society of England & Wales which has the best user-side offering we know of amongst such organisations.
If you check out the info page for any firm on there you'll be shown all office locations, alternative contact details, languages spoken, and the qualification dates and expertise of each solicitor at the firm. Taylor Price has a group of lawyers who joined the profession in every one of the last four decades. William Ho qualified as a solicitor in 1989, Ruby Bhatti in 1997, Arshad Mahmood in 2008, and Sobia Ditta in 2011.
There's others listed too making a good mix of wise old gurus alongside younger fresh legs and ideas. Surely an ideal mix for any legal service provider?
One thing we're constantly going on about and encouraging is for law offices to have good staff profiles. These should ideally - according to us - have a photo, brief work history, a list of specialties, and direct contact information. TaylorPrice Solicitors tick all those boxes and have avoided going over the top such as listing their pet's names and favourite film titles. (No, really. We've seen that more times than should be expected.)
Certainly there is a lot of praise and accompanying acronyms being thrown around their staff too. One of the solicitors has an OBE. Another was a finalist for Best Professional in Business at the Asian Business Awards. But whilst their business image and reputation amongst peers seems solid - what are the previous clients saying?
"very professional and reliable service, he explained to me everything A-Z"
"dealt with my Car Accident claim start to finish within a month"
"always available to amswer [sic] my call or reply my email"
These are snippets from the most popular independent review boards including Google, Trustpilot, Yell.com, Facebook and Yelp. Certainly the majority are positive with the main themes being the apparent dedication of the staff and the speed at which the work is accomplished. Great things to hear. Although if you're anything like us, the main interest is usually the negative comments to see if there are any glaring bad themes appearing.
If you typically just look at star ratings when researching companies online, it's something you shouldn't do when it comes to law firms. Legal professionals are treated very differently than services such as restaurants or hairdressers. For example, if you saw a negative review for Burger King saying 'they wouldn't sell me a pizza!' - you'd think the reviewer was nuts and ignore it. But that's exactly what happens all too frequently with lawyers. We've seen them get one star ratings from people who are angry at a criminal defence firm refusing to take their divorce case.
It's also true that reading the positive comments can be enlightening as well. Such as needing to watch out for people who simply can't search properly. A prime example is amongst the Google reviews for Taylor Price's business. One reviewer states - "Lovely foods, friendly staff".
That quote is part of a warning article from the Solicitors Regulation Authority regarding a scam with people posing as Taylor Price staff. The firm deals with property matters which is currently one of the biggest areas of law where people are targeted by such scammers.
A quick note on navigation then with that point in mind. The official site we link to above is www.taylorprice.co.uk but www.taylorprice.com does not redirect you there. The most common typo we spotted was people searching for 'taylor and price' with others searching for their official company name which is 'taylor price legal ltd'. With so many possible keyboard slips when typing directly into your browser bar we recommend bookmarking the site just in case. Similar looking domains designed to mislead you and other phishing scams are still rampant.
The Taylor Price site is https secure though so will be fine for submitting your details through their contact form. One last cut from their website that you may have missed:
Two things stand out about this sentence. One that they seem to be offering face to face initial consultations for free at either of their Leeds or Levenshulme offices - not just a phone call with a junior staff member. Two, this also seems to be valid for their whole case range. You may think it's standard for all solicitors to provide free initial chats. This is true for cases such as Personal Injury. But there are still plenty of lawyers charging fees right from the start for other case types.
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 Taylor Price Solicitors it's best to visit the website (www.taylorprice.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.
This Taylor Price Solicitors article is rated
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