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How will the Ombudsman assess my complaint?

The Ombudsman is a recognised alternative dispute resolution body. This means that we will decide cases along the same principles as those used by the courts. We will take account of relevant consumer legislation, together with the requirements of the Ombudsman Code of Practice for Full Members. Like the courts we will award compensation where appropriate.

However, unlike in a court of law, we have no power to cross-examine witnesses under oath. As such, there are occasions where we may not be able to come to a formal decision. We will always ensure we arrive at a decision based on what appears to be fair and reasonable in the circumstances.


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