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PostPosted: November 14th, 2009, 1:03 pm 
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Publishing SRA charges 'discriminates against those with unusual surnames' - The Law Gazette, 28th October 2009.

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/opinion/com ... l-surnames

I would like to respond to Gregory Treverton-Jones QC in relation to some of the claims made in this article.

I know that most of us responded to an 'invitation to instruct' from Giambrone Law and went on to instruct on the basis of reassurances that they were a UK based firm regulated by the Law Society but would be interested to hear if anyone actually made any further checks i.e. performed a solicitor check on the SRA's website?

If you were intending to buy legal services in the future, would your experiences of using Giambrone & Law change your behaviour when considering which law firm to instruct?

Would be grateful for any responses which will be used to contribute to the correspondence about promoting awareness of the UK regulatory system for the benefit of the consumer.


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an interesting question.

1. You make enquiries of your friends and business colleagues as to whether they know of a good solicitor if you have a straight forward conveyancing transaction, probate etc.

2. If you have a particular problem find a specialist solicitor do this by word of mouth in the business area of your problem, i.e. IT/copywright law. again friends of friends can be a great help, a quick google.

3. look up recent case law and follow the sols consulted by the parties, esp the winning side!

4 go to the law society for their list of specialist sols.

we asked our sol and she refused to do the purchase as she did not have the expertise, believe me she is one good conveyancer, we ended up with G & L !!! We had no problems, but we did not have an off plan property etc.
We are however, not the average client.....

5 We would not take at face value the recommended sol on any off plan purchase, we would make lots of enquiries before instructing, but then we are cynics.

hope this helps.


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PostPosted: November 14th, 2009, 6:49 pm 
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Lavender wrote:
I know that most of us responded to an 'invitation to instruct' from Giambrone Law and went on to instruct on the basis of reassurances that they were a UK based firm regulated by the Law Society but would be interested to hear if anyone actually made any further checks i.e. performed a solicitor check on the SRA's website?



I didn't run a check on the SRA's website, but certainly found the fact that Giambrone Law were UK based and regulated by the Law Society reassuring. These facts were heavily promoted in G&L's Terms and Conditions and other documentation.

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If you were intending to buy legal services in the future, would your experiences of using Giambrone & Law change your behaviour when considering which law firm to instruct?


Most definitely! The whole experience has made me very cynical of lawyers and their motives. Next time I need to employ their services I will check, recheck and check again and this will include running a check on the SRA's website. However, the fact that I instructed Giambrone Law whilst they were governed by the UK Law Society assures me that I will eventually obtain justice. I believe that the SRA will obtain a successful prosecution against Gabriele Giambrone, because the political implications if they do not will be huge. I know I've said it before, but if all a law firm had to do to escape sanctions is illegally transfer files out of UK Law Society juristiction, that would plainly be a scandal.

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Would be grateful for any responses which will be used to contribute to the correspondence about promoting awareness of the UK regulatory system for the benefit of the consumer.



This article has made me very angry. The author seems to forget that the LCS and SRA are there to PROTECT THE PUBLIC. As I see it, corrupt lawyers already have an advantage over the public in that they understand the legal process and law, and secondly, their supposedly high moral code means that the governing bodies tend to believe every word they say. The onus of proof of wrong doing is on Joe Public. The only thing I can suggest to make the process fairer for innocently accused lawyers is that the SRA speed up the process of getting the lawyer into the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


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The last thing I want to do is sound smug, knowing that many of you are having problems with the soicitor that you have, but I decided to go down the independant solicitor route. I got in touch with several lawyers some of whom were recommended by this forum. I e mailed them, googled them and spoke to people who had engaged them. I finally selected one who has been just great. I didn't go ahead with an off plan property that I was thinking about, instead decided to have my home built from scratch.
For not much more than a 2 bed appartment, I have ... well the structure is built , just waiting for me to send more money out...a detached villa with pool and lots of ground, only a few minutes from the beach and a five minute walk to the town.
This is of no help to those of you who have already bought in Calabria but for anyone considering buying, please spend ages before deciding on your lawyer.
REMEMBER the place that you are wanting to buy will still probably be available in the weeks and months that it takes for you to get a reliable lawyer to do all the necessary checks.
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Thanks to all for those contributions. Your opinions changed my approach and has made my argument that much stronger and so obviously really helpful.

Lavender


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Hello Lavender,

We are about to dis instruct G & L but before we do we need a reliable and HONEST solicitor to move to, is there a firm who you could recommend - or indeed anyone out there on the forum !- we would like to do this sooner rather than later, thanks in anticipation.

the three amigos.


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do a search on the forum and see what names come up.


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PostPosted: November 19th, 2009, 3:55 am 
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threeamigos wrote:
Hello Lavender,

We are about to dis instruct G & L but before we do we need a reliable and HONEST solicitor to move to, is there a firm who you could recommend - or indeed anyone out there on the forum !- we would like to do this sooner rather than later, thanks in anticipation.

the three amigos.


I done the same and Instructed Paolo Zagami I have had lots of information from him and he answers back quickly


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PostPosted: November 20th, 2009, 8:42 pm 
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Avvocato Paolo Zagami
“Zagamilaw” International Law Firm
Roma, Via dei Sansovino 6
Reggio Calabria, Via degli Arconti 25
New York, 122 East 42th street
www.zagamilaw.com

This Lawyer is dilligent and seems to have integrity I would endorse him.


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PostPosted: November 27th, 2009, 12:57 pm 
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therefore vital that your solicitor checks these matters very carefully.



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PostPosted: November 30th, 2009, 10:50 am 
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atlantic wrote:
threeamigos wrote:
Hello Lavender,

We are about to dis instruct G & L but before we do we need a reliable and HONEST solicitor to move to, is there a firm who you could recommend - or indeed anyone out there on the forum !- we would like to do this sooner rather than later, thanks in anticipation.

the three amigos.


I done the same and Instructed Paolo Zagami I have had lots of information from him and he answers back quickly


Many thanks for your words dear "Atlantic", I really appreciate it. You were the perfect client, we worked for you with a great pleasure.

I read someone wrote it's better to choose a solicitor who is involved in the business area of your legal problem. Well as I wrote in another topic having been born in Calabria we know all about the land here. One of our offices is located in the city center of Reggio (the main city of Calabria) and all our lawyers are legally registered in the Bar of Reggio Calabria and/or Rome. Furthermore “Zagamilaw” is recognized by “Ufficio della Agenzia delle Entrate” (the office where you pay taxes in Italy) with the number 10517401005 of “partita iva”.

Many thanks in advance for your consideration.

Avvocato Paolo Zagami
http://www.zagamilaw.com


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