Solicitor negligence compensation claims
We understand the impact that a negligent solicitor can have on an individual or business, particularly as you rely upon solicitors during key events in your life, such as buying or selling a property or business, drafting a will or inheritance tax planning; as well as when embarking on litigation. However, solicitors can fall below the standard expected of them in which case they may have been negligent.
If you feel that your solicitor has failed to act as instructed or in your best interests and that you have suffered a loss as a consequence, you may have grounds to bring a claim.
What is solicitor negligence?
Professionals, like solicitors, are required to exercise reasonable skill and care when acting on any matter. Occasionally the work carried out by the professional falls below the standard that is reasonably expected and as a result of the poor level of service an individual may suffer a financial loss. Situations where solicitors have been negligent include:
- failing to act in accordance with client instructions;
- failing to advise a client as to their exposure to legal costs;
- providing negligent advice on property and business transactions;
- failing to issue a claim before the expiry of a relevant limitation period;
- providing negligent advice about whether it is prudent to settle a claim;
- missing court deadlines; or
- mishandling litigation or employment tribunal claims.
If you have suffered a loss because of your negligent solicitor then we can advise you whether you have a claim and we will help you to recover any losses you may have incurred.
How to bring a negligence claims against solicitor
Professional negligence is a very complex area of law and it is essential to follow a specific set of rules (including the “Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol”) in order to bring a successful claim. In addition, there are strict limitation periods within which your claim in the courts must be started (for more detail see below).
It is therefore advisable to obtain early legal advice to avoid the pitfalls of bringing a claim. Our specialist claims team of professional negligence lawyers has the experience to advise you on the merits of your potential claim and help you to recover your losses. We will guide you through the process of bringing a claim against your solicitor.
If you believe that you have suffered a loss due to your solicitors’ negligence then contact us today and our team will be able to discuss your options with you.