In the unlikely event that you are dissatisfied with the professional standards of one of our Members or Associates, AGRA has a formal complaints procedure that you can use. Please note that a disputed contract between a researcher and his/her client is not within AGRA's remit. If your complaint involves a disputed contract, a Trading Standards Department, solicitor, Citizens' Advice Bureau or Law Centre should be consulted.
Examples of the type of complaint that can be dealt with by AGRA include:
However, there are some steps that you should take before making a formal complaint:
The Association will use its best endeavours to find a solution that is acceptable to all parties through conciliation and arbitration but it cannot ensure financial redress if a complaint is upheld.
All costs must be defrayed by the parties concerned.
All parties must observe strict rules of confidentiality. No responsibility can be taken by AGRA for accidental disclosure or for disclosure by the complainant.
If the matter is ultimately referred to AGRA, we will try to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible but this will depend upon the complexity of the case, ease of communication etc. The Secretary will keep you advised of progress.