qualification of Joe Sandys to assess a complaint

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Dear Legal Ombudsman,

I have made a formal complaint to the Legal Ombudsman to investigate a firm of solicitors, Lester Aldridge , which will involve many complex areas.

Joe Sandys , the investigator , has told me he is neither a solicitor nor Chartered Accountant and from what he tells me i do not believe he is qualified to carry out the investigation.

He refuses to tell me how he is qualified to carry out the investigation.

Will you please advise his professional and personal qualifications which he says make it in order for him to carry out the investigation.

Thank you

Yours faithfully,

Steven A Scheermann FCA CTA TEP

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Dear Mr Scheermann

I write further to your below email in which you request the “professional
and personal” qualifications of Mr Sandys.

Your request has been considered  in line the provisions of the Data
Protection Act 1998 (DPA98), the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA2000), and the Legal Services Act 2007. (LSA07).

I consider that, what you are requesting  is the personal information of
Mr Sandys, and therefore exempt from disclosure.  To disclose this
information would be a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 principles,
as detailed in schedule 1 to the Act, and there is also a high probability
it would give rise to a right to Mr Sandys under section 10 Data
Protection Act. In considering this request I have assessed the
confidentiality owed to Mr Sandys, and concluded that this outweighs any
interests you may have in making this request.

All staff at the Legal Ombudsman go through a rigorous recruitment and
training process. In addition the work and performance of all staff is
monitored on an ongoing basis. The appointment of investigators, and the
criteria set for successfully being appointed to that position is a matter
for the Legal Ombudsman. It is not appropriate to share individual
personal information in the manner you request.

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Andrew Tong left an annotation ()

'The appointment of investigators, and the
criteria set for successfully being appointed to that position is a matter for the Legal Ombudsman'.

Is it not a matter for the public, then?

Based on my experiences, I would suggest that the bar for becoming an investigator should be raised.

These people wield so much power, but are virtually unaccountable to the public for their poor decision-making. It's absolutely scandalous that the powers that be in this country have permitted such corruption to continue, and, indeed, flourish, for so many years.