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What can I do if one of my firm’s referees says they haven’t been contacted?

We completely understand that emails get lost, accidentally deleted or caught up in spam filters, so the most important thing to do is to get in contact with the researcher assigned to the practice area and location you are submitting for (as listed on the research schedule). We’d ask that you collate the names of all the clients who haven’t heard from and their correct email addresses into one email, and send it to the researcher while research is still underway 
 
We will be happy to follow up, however we will do so in accordance with our own client contacting guidelines. Due to the confidentiality of our interviews, we won’t provide any additional information about whether we have tried to get back in touch with the referee or have been successful in speaking to them, however there would have to be a good reason why we would not follow up with them.

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