Our professional negligence solicitors help people, partnerships, companies and trustees claim compensation where they have been let down by a professional.
If you believe you have been let down by a professional – whether that professional was your solicitor, accountant, conveyancer or maybe even your surveyor, feel free to get in touch with our team of experts today. You can call us free on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and we will contact you.
What is professional negligence?
Professional negligence arises when a professional fails to perform their duties to the required standard of skill and care. Professional negligence claims can be brought in contract, tort, or for breach of a fiduciary or statutory duty.
If you have received “bad advice” from a professional, it could be that you have suffered professional negligence. We recommend in this instance that you contact us to discuss the prospects of bringing a professional negligence compensation claim.
Our team have helped clients claim for professional negligence in a wide range of situations and offer advice where there has been a:
- breach of professional duty of care
- breach of contract
- fraud committed by a professional
We help clients who have been the victim of professional neglect bring claims against the following:
- financial advisers
- solicitors, barristers and other lawyers
- tax consultants
- insurance brokers
- property professionals, such as architects, builders, civil engineers, surveyors and valuers
- patent attorneys
Professional negligence claims against solicitors
If you believe your solicitor has failed to carry out their basic professional responsibilities in relation to your case, get in touch with us today.
Find out more about claiming for solicitor negligence >>
Professional negligence claims against surveyors
Anyone who seeks the guidance of a surveyor does not expect negligence, especially with regards to something as serious as purchasing a property.
Click here to read more about surveyor negligence >>
Professional negligence against accountants
The last thing you’d expect from your accountant is negligence. If you’re uncertain about whether your accountant has handled your money negligently, click below to find out more.
Read about accountant negligence >>
Professional negligence claims against conveyancers
Conveyancers fulfil a high-pressured role, but this is no excuse for negligence. If you feel your conveyancer has been negligent, click here to find out how we could help.
Professional negligence claims against architects
If you believe your architect has acted in a negligent manner regarding the work you’ve instructed, we may be able to help you bring a claim.
Professional negligence tax advice
Sometimes tax advisers can act negligently, which can cause a snowball effect of financial issues for a person or business.
Professionals can be individuals who present themselves as having an expertise in a particular area or discipline and as such the above list is not exhaustive.
How do you start a professional negligence claim?
To bring a professional negligence compensation claim we will need to prove:
- that you were owed a reasonable duty of skill and care from the professional,
- that this duty of care and skill was breached, and
- that the breach has caused you to suffer a financial loss or a loss of chance.
Why should I bring a professional negligence compensation claim?
Receiving bad advice or advice that is below an acceptable standard can be devastating. It can result in you making a bad investment, losing significant sums of money or to take risks that are unnecessary.
Negligent advice in extreme situations can result in the failure of a business or personal bankruptcy, and as such a professional negligence claim may help restore you to the position you would have been in had the negligence not occurred.
How can I prove a professional negligence compensation claim?
If a duty of care and skill was owed, it must be found (as part of your case) that an error was made that no reasonable member of the profession would have made in the same circumstances.
Evidence from an expert in the specialist area you were let down by the professional in, will be needed to support your claim. This expert evidence tends to be a report prepared by another professional and it will look to highlight what the correct advice and / or conduct should have been. The expert evidence will also look to explain what the expert believes a reasonable professional would have done under the same circumstances.
The measure of skill and care in a contractual claim is slightly different to that of a tort claim, in that the case is looking to determine what would be deemed as reasonable care and skill. Whereas the measure in a tort claim is an objective test, that looks to ascertain what a reasonable man might expect.
Professional negligence is a complex area of law and each case is determined by the individual facts. It is therefore important to seek help from a specialist solicitor early on should you want to bring a professional negligence compensation claim. Call our professional negligence solicitors free on 0808 164 0808 today.
What is the process to bring a professional negligence claim?
Our professional negligence solicitors can guide you through the process of bringing a professional negligence claim. This can include correspondence with the professional who has let you down to provide you with the opportunity to resolve matters outside of the court process if that is what you want it.
We often help to facilitate early offers of compensation and work through dispute resolution procedures such as mediation with our clients. Mediation if appropriate can provide the opportunity for a quick and cost effective resolution but is not the right solution for everyone.
Our team have extensive experience at every stage of the process all the way through to trial.
Is there a time limit for professional negligence claims?
You usually have six years from the date of neglect to bring a professional negligence compensation claim, but this can vary depending upon the circumstances of your case. The time limit is called a limitation period.
Whilst there are time limits, it is best not to delay speaking with a professional negligence solicitor if you believe you have grounds for a professional negligence claim, as it is better to discuss potential claims early on.
What is a professional negligence limitation period?
A limitation period is the time within which you must bring a professional negligence claim. Sometimes, solicitors or other legal advisers may act negligently and miss limitation dates in terms of submitting elements of your case to court. This is likely to be grounds for bringing a professional negligence claim.
Do I have to go to Court?
Usually there will be an exchange of “pre-action” correspondence to attempt to resolve matters if possible.
Dispute resolution methods like mediation or offers to settle can also be explored if they are appropriate. However, if a Court claim is needed and matters do proceed to trial, then it is likely that you would then need to attend as a witness in the case.
Our professional negligence lawyers will work with you to make sure that you are fully prepared for any court attendance.
How much does it cost to bring a professional negligence claim?
The size and complexity of the case will dictate how much the matter is likely to cost.
There is an opportunity to recover some of the legal costs on a successful outcome, and costs can be a reason for both sides to explore an early settlement.
Our professional negligence lawyers are happy to discuss fee options and advise clients under a wide range of fee structures including working under:
- an existing legal expenses insurance,
- a fixed fee,
- traditional hourly rate retainers, or
- a “No Win, No Fee” basis.
Whilst “No Win No Fee” agreements can be a good way to fund a claim, it may not always be the best option for you. Our team will be able to provide full information on fee structures once we have completed the free initial case assessment with you.
Once the free initial case assessment is conducted we will be able to let you know if a professional negligence Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), (often referred to as a professional negligence no win, no fee agreement) is right for you.
In addition to working with existing legal expenses insurance policies, such as household insurance, we can also explore options with After the Event insurers and where appropriate litigation funders.
Get in touch with our professional negligence solicitors
If you have been let down by an expert, and you wish to find out more or to start your professional negligence claim, please feel free to get in touch with our professional negligence lawyers. We can be reached on 0808 164 0808, or if you prefer, you can request a call back and someone from our team will call you.
In general you have 6 years from the date of neglect or omission to act to make a professional negligence compensation claim. However, there are some exceptions to this rule for instance you may bring a claim within 3 years of the date you could be said to have become reasonably aware of the alleged negligence. This time limit is referred to a limitation period. It is important to speak to a legal team as early as possible to avoid any issues with limitation dates.