About Us

About Us

Nockolds Solicitors has delivered the Optical Consumer Complaints Service since April 2014. Having been one of the earliest law firms to obtain the Law Society Lexcel quality standard accreditation over 10 years ago and building on this to obtain Gold Standard Investors in People, consumer care is at the heart of our business. Regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority, Nockolds Solicitors understands the expectations of consumers and the challenges of the professions delivering a service in a regulated sector. A well-established background in clinical negligence work and mediation enables us to offer this holistic independent service to benefit both consumer and members of the profession.

Nockolds Solicitors is a long established professional legal practice with roots tracing back to 1831. Since that time the firm has continued to grow and adapt with society to become an award-winning and recommended law firm. The firm has expanded as a business according to the wishes of the clients and Nockolds is proud to work locally, nationally and internationally from its base in Bishop’s Stortford and its office in the City of London.

2016-17 has been an incredibly busy year for the OCCS. As practices become more aware of what we do, and consumers learn more about the service, we have seen an increase of 45% in complaint enquiries. There are over 22 million sight tests and eye examinations each year. The overwhelming majority of these are an efficient and positive experience for the consumer and the practice. The OCCS are here to help when a complaint arises and on the rare occasion, that the consumer’s concerns cannot be resolved. Just over half of the enquiries received, concern complaints at an early stage and we encourage the consumer to raise their concerns with the practice. If matters cannot be resolved, we are here and I am incredibly proud of the OCCS team’s commitment and dedication to helping find a resolution for both parties, which they are able to do in 98% of the complaints received.  Our annual report will be published shortly and provide more information on the OCCS activity during 2016-17 and what we can learn from these complaints and enquiries going forward.