11 reviews (2/5) and information for Ferguson Bricknell, Chester House, George Street, Oxford
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Chester House, George Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2AY
Languages spoken English, French
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Will and probate
19/02/19 - Reviewed by jon
We used these solicitors to probate my mother's will - due to a lack of planning, concentration & what I can only term as incompetence/negligence the estate was almost left short by approximately £40,000 (roughly 25%).
It was only due to intervention by the family (which was very stressful for the widower which eventually led to the funds being retrieved)
Avoid this company
07/08/17 - Reviewed by Stevie
We have recently completed a house sale/purchase and used Ferguson Bricknell on the recommendation of a friend. Melvin Berryman was absolutely wonderful and very forthcoming when I rang for updates or with questions. Our buyers (first time buyers and probably a bit more nervous that most) had a million and one questions and these were passed along to us swiftly. All in all the process took a matter of weeks, in contrast to multiple friends whose conveyancing has taken months. Given that buying a house can be a stressful experience (and even I wasn't without my 'moments'!) I couldn't have asked for a more straight forward process and will happily use Melvin as my solicitor in the future.
13/07/17 - Reviewed by Christine Trueman
Sue Whitehead of Ferguson Bricknell was my conveyancing solicitor. I had never met her before I employed her services. She was helpful and guided me through the sale and purchase of property with great patience, she is clearly very experienced. When we arrived at the point of sale in a very complicated situation which could have gone very wrong, she proceeded with speed and kept me informed with frequent calls to the bitter end! I am very appreciative of her help and would recommend her.
17/04/17 - Reviewed by Marco Allsop
Nightmare. If the other party in your sale/purchase is using this lot run a mile.
Unhelpful to everybody including the estate agent representing the seller, slow and obstructive in everything. Took 5-10 attempts to get them to send paperwork, and then had to repeat requests as they missed simple things out. Has now taken over two months for them to send a certificate of consent despite chasing from my own solicitors and property management company.
22/03/17 - Reviewed by Anonymous
I would definitely not recommend Melvin Berryman to anybody. The service you get is appalling. No apologies for things he gets wrong and no feedback. You have to keep contacting him and checking that things are done. I would not trust him at all.
General Legal advice
10/11/16 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Melvern Berrymann in Ferguson Bricknell is the worst solicitor, I was trying to sort some legal paperwork for a property to be transferred in Jan - Apr 2016, He is unprofessional and very vague when asking for advice.NEVER USE THEM- He is someone who is not really bothered all he thinks about is his money.
12/07/15 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Melyvyn Berryman was dismissed from his post at a solicitor firm in Abingdon before joining Fergason Bricknell, clearly the owner of this firm of solicitors does not do checks on his employees before hiring them. Graham Leather of Fergason Bricknell was involved in a 1.5 million pound fraud concerning the firms client account amongst other things in 2007, he was sentenced to jail for 4 and a half years and struck off the solicitors roll. The SRA should close this firm down for good.
02/05/16 - Response by Anonomus
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02/05/16 - Response by Don't want to give
I am desperate for information on this solicitor because I am trying to obtain a copy of the will for an immediate family member and Mr Berryman is refusing to provide me with a copy and tells me I'm not entitled to it.
Is this bloke dodgy??
I've been told that my children have been left money but I want evidence of this but how can I if he won't give me a copy of the will?
25/09/16 - Response by experienced
Once probate has been granted, wills enter the public domain and can be viewed by any person via https://www.gov.uk/wills-probate-inheritance/searching-for-probate-records (they used to be held by Somerset House but no more).
However, he should let you have a copy on request before probate is granted because if you think there is something wrong about the will (e.g.undue influence) you will need to lodge a caveat immediately. A caveat pauses the process while the complaint is considered or litigation takes its course.
Will and probate
02/07/15 - Reviewed by Sickened by Fergason Bricknell Solicitors.
I cannot tell anyone enough that giving Fergason Bricknell a very wide berth is the best thing they could ever do.
They dealt with two of my deceased family,s estate, they lied to beneficiaries about assets, covered up inheritances and worked to their own agenda. When I complained to Christopher Wallworth the practice manager he was lazy and incompetant in his investigation,got all the concerned people wrong and gave a totally incorrect idea of what had happend from their firms point of view.
When your loved ones die you need exceptional and trustworthy legal advice and care that all assets are identified and protected, this firm does not do this.
Looking at a previous solicitor with the firm and his jail term served for fraud concerning the firms client account its no surprise to me that another solicitor of the firm is on control for client account issues. Clearly YOUR possessions are not safe in their care.
Avoid this firm like the plague.
10/02/14 - Reviewed by Matt Payne
We used Melvin Berryman to purchase our house and his service was first class. From start to finish Melvin kept us informed and made a complicated process much simpler by explain things in a patient and informative way. He even stayed late at the office several time to accommodate our working hours when we needed to go in and sign papers.
Overall I can not speak highly enough of Melvin and would certainly use him again - and would also recommend him to anyone else.
Will and probate
26/06/13 - Reviewed by Annoyed
Do not use this firm, especially if you are dealing with Melvin Berryman. Awful, just awful. Communication is terrible, he does not respond to queries, you are left completely in the dark. When he finally does respond, you are given vague information.
General Legal advice
13/01/09 - Reviewed by Anonymous
Regulatory and disciplinary action taken by the solicitors regulation society on the (30 June 2008) details here
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