One out of ten European law departments have formal complaint mechanisms

Ten percent of the Europe law departments who responded to a survey in 2003 had such a procedure. [, pg. 2]. Clients of those departments had a defined outlet for performance or personnel complaints.

Having never heard of a U.S. counterpart, I was interested that under these mechanisms clients can lodge a complaint in confidence; a senior, independent lawyer deals with the complaint; and the department publicizes the right so that clients know of its availability. In fact, 21 percent of the departments in companies with more than $8 billion in revenue offer their clients this recourse! One should expect client satisfaction scores to soar in those departments.

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