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If you think you may have suffered from dental negligence and you’re interested in making a claim against your dentist, the Dental Law Partnership is here to help.

We’re a specialist firm of solicitors and dentists, aiming to get justice for every client we work with. We’re able to take on a range of legal cases within England and Wales for sufferers of dental negligence, and we hope that we can help you too! Since we started in August 2000, we’ve helped thousands of people to get the justice and compensation they deserve, and we aim to help thousands more.

However, we understand that it’s important for you to find out a little more about the legal firm you’ll be working with, to ensure that you’ll get the best outcome possible when making your claim.

All the information you need to get started can be found on this page. However, if you still have further questions, or you think you’re ready to start your claim, contact our dedicated team on 0808 301 8732 to get the process started.

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About the Dental Law Partnership

The Dental Law Partnership is a specialist firm of solicitors providing high quality legal representation exclusively for patients who have received negligent treatment from their dentist.

Since the company was established in 2000, we have grown steadily to become the market leader in our specialist area, representing patients in the majority of the dental negligence claims brought in England and Wales today. Most of our cases are run on a conditional fee basis (in other words ‘no-win, no-fee’), allowing access to justice for all dental patients.

As a specialist law firm, our team is made up of experienced solicitors and dentists, which is one of the things that makes us different from our competitors. We can boast that a number of our directors came from a clinical background before embarking on a legal career, showing that we have all the necessary knowledge needed to be able to successfully handle your claim.

Our in-house dental team allows us to assess the clinical aspects of a potential claim at an early stage without resorting to outside experts, which will also reduce the fees incurred. This dental expertise is equally matched by our wealth of legal experience in the field of clinical negligence, which allows us to ensure that our patients’ cases progress as effectively and as efficiently as possible.

We are immensely proud of our staff across all departments, and they are the essence of our service. We are committed to providing a high-quality personal service from the moment a prospective client contacts us, to the day that a client’s claim is settled and beyond.

Is the Dental Law Partnership Regulated?

The Dental Law Partnership is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, an organisation that regulates solicitors in England and Wales. The Solicitors Regulation Authority protects and helps members of the public by ensuring that legal firms and solicitors meet the high standards set for the industry. They also take action against lawyers who don’t follow the rules and standards set out.

We’ve made the process of making a dental claim as easy as possible, but if you need a little more advice before getting started, the Dental Law Partnership is here to help!

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The Dental Law Partnership: Credentials and Awards

Naturally, you’ll want to ensure that the legal practice you hire is well trained and able to carry out your case as efficiently as possible. At the Dental Law Partnership, our legal expertise is second to none, and we have a range of credentials and awards that show that we’re an outstanding firm.

As a professional law firm, our team is trained to high standards, as many members of our staff have worked in both the legal and dental fields. This gives us the edge over the competition, ensuring we have all the necessary knowledge to give your case a successful outcome.

For example, one half of our managing director team, David Corless-Smith, practised dentistry for ten years before becoming a solicitor. David is also a barrister, showing that he has many talents within the field of law. David has also written extensively on dento-legal matters and was the founding President of the UK Dental Law and Ethics Forum.

The other half of our managing director team, Christopher Dean, is a qualified dentist and solicitor, as well as a barrister. As well as his work with the Dental Law Partnership, Christopher was the founding chairman of the UK Dental Law and Ethics Forum and co-wrote the Dental Surgery chapter in the definitive practitioner work, ‘Clinical Negligence (Fifth Edition)’. Chris is also the author of many articles in the field of dental law and ethics.

Both our managing directors are recommended lawyers in the 2020 Legal 500. However, the rest of our team are also highly trained, and we’re extremely proud of the work that they do to help our clients. We believe that our credentials show how superior our legal services are – if you would rather hear from our clients themselves, you should also consider reading through our Testimonials page.

We’ve also been given an impressive array of awards during our time in the legal field, showing that we’re market leaders in our legal niche.

If you’re interested in making a claim through the Dental Law Partnership but you’re still weighing up your options, this next section may help you to make your decision. However, if you think you’re ready to start your claim, please contact us and we’ll get the process started.

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The Lexcel Mark

Lexcel is a prestigious quality mark awarded by the Law Society, following an independent assessment. The Lexcel Mark is an award that has been specifically designed for the legal profession. It’s only awarded to legal firms who can demonstrate good management and customer care, showing that the Dental Law Partnership is a firm you can trust.

Lexcel is a legal quality practice mark for client care, practice management and compliance. By using the Lexcel Mark, the Law Society set the standard for:

  • Client care
  • Risk management
  • Structure and strategy
  • People management
  • Financial management
  • File and case management
  • Information management

The Dental Law Partnership was initially accredited with Lexcel in December 2002 and has successfully achieved full compliance in each annual assessment since then.

In order to achieve a Lexcel Mark, there are six standards that have to be passed:

  • Management structure
  • Services and forward planning
  • Financial management
  • Office administration
  • Managing people
  • Case management.

Achieving this prestigious award highlights our commitment to our clients and our aim to provide the best possible service to potential claimants. This accreditation reassures clients that they will receive a first-class professional client-focused service from the Dental Law Partnership. At the same time, it also demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest quality access to justice for dental patients in England and Wales today.

The Legal 500

Another legal organisation you should be aware of when hiring a dental negligence solicitor is The Legal 500. The Legal 500 is one of the world’s leading legal directories, publishing details about the best performing lawyers globally. It’s essentially a way of ranking solicitors and barristers, as well as the legal firms they work for.

Like the Law Society and the Lexcel Mark, The Legal 500 carries out assessments of lawyers around the globe, working in over 150 jurisdictions. Their research is also based on client feedback, so you can be certain that the people listed on The Legal 500 are highly trained in their respective fields. They also produce resources for in-house lawyers, as well as presenting awards at The Legal 500 Awards.

There are several things a law firm or lawyer will be judged on when assessed by The Legal 500, with a particular focus set on innovation and complex cases. The main criteria for involvement with The Legal 500 includes these factors:

  • How prestigious the firm’s clients are
  • How innovative and complex a firm’s cases are, as well as their technical ability
  • The market share a solicitor or legal firm has
  • The in-depth capability the firm has beyond their star partners
  • How invested a firm is for the future in their particular practice area
  • How much progress is made in terms of attaining new clients
  • The historical track record a legal firm has when comparing their top cases
  • The law firm’s capacity for cases
  • How credible your legal firm is, particularly in terms of your top clients
  • The firm’s strengths in their specialised areas
  • The firm’s reputation – especially in terms of how they handle innovative and complex cases
  • The capacity a firm has to handle all the client requirements in an area
  • A commitment to the use of IT, particularly when improving client services
  • A firm’s perception in the market

As the Dental Law Partnership is listed in The Legal 500, it shows that we’re an excellent law firm, as the legal aid we provide is outstanding.

If you have concerns about dental treatment you've received in England or Wales and are looking for someone to help you sort things out, then the Dental Law Partnership will provide you with dental knowledge, legal expertise and personal service you need – contact us now.

Our fees: Explained

Before making a claim, you’ll understandably want to find out more about the fees you’ll be liable for if your claim is successful.

Legal fees can be expensive, particularly if your case is taken on a private non-conditional basis. However, at the Dental Law Partnership, we only work on a conditional fee basis – otherwise known as a no-win, no-fee agreement guarantee.

The no-win, no-fee guarantee

A no-win, no-fee guarantee (otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement) is a legal term that means your legal team won’t request a fee unless your case is won. Working under a conditional fee agreement means that you don’t need to find the funds to pay your legal representation before committing to a legal case, which could be a problem if you don’t have the funds available to start your claim. If you’d like to find out more about how our no-win, no-fee guarantee works, get in touch with a member of our team and we’ll take you through the process.

It’s difficult to say exactly how much you’ll be required to pay for using our services, as this depends on how much work we have to do. However, when you sign your no-win, no-fee guarantee, we’ll inform you about how we calculate the fees you’ll be required to pay if your case is successful.

We promise to always be as open and transparent as possible with you throughout the process, so you don’t need to worry about any hidden charges being added over the course of your legal claim.

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Open a Case with the Dental Law Partnership Today

Now that you’ve read about the Dental Law Partnership, you should have all the information needed to open a dental negligence claim with us. Since we started in August 2000, we’ve become one of the leading dental negligence legal dental firms within England and Wales, helping thousands of people with their dental negligence claims.

Our highly qualified team specialise in the field of dental negligence, and we have a high success rate for our claimants. We believe that we have the skills needed to bring your case to a satisfactory conclusion, regardless of the form of malpractice you’ve suffered.

If you’d like to see how much compensation you could potentially receive, our client stories page may help you to make the right decision about making a claim with our team.

Additionally, you can read our guide to the level of compensation you can get when making a dental negligence claim.

To start the process off, all you need to do is fill out our online contact form and we’ll get in touch with you as soon as possible.

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