Professional Negligence

Nowadays it is common for people to frequently use professionals for a variety of reasons, whether it is an individual wanting a Will drafted or a business wanting a property valued prior to a potential purchase or some financial advice.

Unfortunately, professionals sometimes provide inadequate or incorrect advice and mistakes are made. Failure to exercise the standard of skill and expertise reasonably expected can result in clients suffering financial loss as a result. This may give grounds for a professional negligence claim against the professional.

We act for many clients, both in bringing and defending claims against a wide range of professionals, including solicitors, valuers and surveyors, accountants, financial advisers, architects and other professionals. Many professionals have insurance to cover such claims and we have experience in dealing with indemnity insurers.

We apply a modern approach to contentious disputes to achieve our client’s aims as commercially and quickly as possible for them. We aim to resolve matters through some form of alternative dispute resolution, whether that is by way of negotiation, mediation or arbitration, and see litigation as a last resort. We are however experienced in dealing with court proceedings, in both the County Courts and High Court, where necessary after the Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol has been followed.

Typical examples of cases which we deal with are:

  • Claims against valuers/surveyors for negligent incorrect valuations
  • Claims against solicitors for incorrect advice or missing key deadlines
  • Loss of a chance/opportunity cases following negligent advice
  • Claims arising out of the failure to draft documents correctly such as Wills, corporate transactional documents or settlement agreements
  • Claims against financial advisors in respect of the mis-selling of financial products

A claim for professional negligence is different to poor service from a professional which, although unacceptable, may not result in financial loss. You may still however be able to make a complaint to the relevant regulatory body or ombudsman to try and recover your fees in this situation and we can provide guidance to assist you with any such complaint.

If you would like further information please contact us on 023 8033 4661 or click below to send an email.

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