A website that blacklists solicitors and law firms is set to expand its capacity, with the number of visitors to the site now exceeding 1,000 a day, its owner claimed this week.
Rick Kordowski, who runs solicitorsfromhell.co.uk, told the Gazette that he plans to expand the site’s bandwidth after visitor numbers doubled in three months. He predicted that if the current trend continues, site traffic will double to 2,000 visitors a day by the end of April.
Solicitorsfromhell.co.uk allows visitors to post complaints about law firms and individual solicitors. The postings appear on Google within 24 hours.
Kordowski said that he set the website up because he was ‘shocked’ about the number of complaints made about solicitors. He maintained that he is carrying out a public service that is also of benefit to the profession.
Law firms can pay £299 to have all current and future traces of their name removed from the site. Alternatively, they can pay between £99 and £199 to have specific postings deleted. Visitors are charged a fee for posting a complaint about a firm.
Kordowski said that any income is spent on upkeep of the site. ‘I don’t have the time or the resources to look at the arguments from both sides, or monitor all postings for free,’ he said. ‘So I have devised a quick way for solicitors to end the matter and help me maintain the system.
‘The smarter firms and solicitors soon realise it’s cheaper to pay for administration and monitoring of [the] posting rather than pay for representation, High Court writs, bonds etcetera to have their listing taken down. Even the largest central London firms have realised that I am acting within the law and have ended the matter in this way.’
Kordowski said that he receives six new postings a day on average, half of which he deletes because they are unsuitable. ‘I also realise that the industry has "clients from hell,"’ he said.
He added: ‘I have no problem in exposing any firm that [has] brought pain and suffering to any unsuspecting clients and their families. I have had all sorts of threats from solicitors and barristers who are listed. Some must have spent thousands of pounds on representation.’