Negligent Accountants

Here at Hugh James we understand the complexities of bringing a claim against a negligent accountant. Businesses and individuals rely on accountants in a variety of different matters, from preparing company accounts and carrying out audits to providing tax advice or valuing a company’s assets. Accountants are frequently only instructed in relation to complex matters, and their fees can be high. If the accountant’s work falls below the standard of care expected, then this can result in you incurring a significant loss.

How do I know my accountant has been negligent?

Examples of situations where an accountant has been negligent include:

  • missing a deadline for filing accounts or annual returns, which may result in you incurring a penalty or a company being struck off Companies House;
  • providing incorrect tax or financial planning advice resulting in the overpayment of tax or the loss of investment;
  • negligently valuing a company’s assets;
  • carrying out a negligent audit of a company;
  • failing to prepare important accounting documents;
  • failing to follow instructions; or
  • failing to detect fraud.

If you have suffered a loss as a result of the negligence of your accountant then contact us. Our lawyers can advise you on whether you have a claim and we will help you to recover any losses you may have incurred.

Cases against negligent accountants

Recent and ongoing cases where we have successfully acted against accountants include:

  • advising a corporate client in relation to the overpayment of VAT following negligent advice received from its accountants.



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