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Letter from Ombudsman to me dated 20/3/92.

Dear Mrs Wright

Thank you for your letters of 25 January and 18 February 1992 concerning the actions of Tughan & Co and the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court, in connection with your brother's affairs.

I am sorry to learn of your problems but I am unable to help you in this matter. The actions of solicitors do not fall within my remit. I enclose for your information a leaflet which explains my role as Commissioner for Complaints.

If you are dissatisfied with the actions of a solicitor in private practice it is open to you to write to Mrs Moira Neeson, Law Society of Northern Ireland, Law Society House, 90 Victoria Street, Belfast BT1 3JZ. If you find you are dissatisfied with the Law Society's response you may then raise the issue with the Lay Observer Room 407, Clarendon House, Adelaide Street, Belfast.

The Official Solicitor is part of the Northern Ireland Court Service, which is accountable to the Lord Chancellor's Department and, as such, is not a body which I can investigate, but it is within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration, Mr William Reid, Church House, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BW.

I cannot, of course, say whether Mr Reid would accept your complaint for investigation. However, if you wish to pursue the matter I should point out that complaints should be referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner by a Member of Parliament and it would perhaps expedite matters if you first approached a Member of Parliament asking him to sponsor the complaint.

In the circumstances, I do not think a meeting with you, as you suggest would serve any useful purpose and I must therefore decline your request.

I am sorry I cannot be more helpful.

Yours sincerely