Professional Negligence Solicitors
A failure by any a practitioners to do their job correctly can have significant consequences for the client’s finances, property and personal health.
Call our expert lawyers today on 0333 323 5292 to discuss whether you have grounds to make a professional negligence compensation claim, or fill in the enquiry form on this page to send us the initial information we need to give you a prompt reply and a preliminary assessment of your case and entitlement to any compensation.
Professional Negligence Explained
When you hire a professional to carry out a service on your behalf, they owe you a duty of care. In some disciplines the consequences of negligence can be significant, from loss of money to illness or injury. When something bad happens because a professional service provider did not do their job, you can potentially make a claim for professional negligence compensation.
Examples of this include:
- Architects and other property-related disciplines.
- Estate agents and surveyors (including property valuations).
- Financial advisors, accountants and insurance brokers.
- Lawyers, solicitors and other legal professionals.
You may suffer direct out of pocket expenses that are easy to quantify – for example due to having to pay somebody to fix an architect’s mistake or replace the incorrect materials used. In other cases you may experience a loss of value, e.g. due to property subsidence, damp or rot, or an inaccurate valuation. You may be entitled to make a professional negligence claim for compensation.
However, if you can demonstrate that the professional owed you a duty of care, failed to discharge that duty properly, and you suffered as a result, then in principle it is likely that you will be able to make a claim of professional negligence.
- Pre-Action Protocol
The Pre-Action Protocol, which came into force in July 2001, is a protocol which encourages both parties to resolve the issues out of court by the early exchange of information about the nature of the alleged negligence and the response of the professional against whom the allegation is made. Except in limited circumstances, the protocol is mandatory and must be completed before court proceedings are started. This means that before escalating a case, alternative methods of resolution, such as mediation, may be used. If the issue cannot be resolved through such methods, then the case will be taken to the courts.
Here at Lupton Fawcett, we have a dedicated team of mediators that will work to resolve your issues out of court in a fair manner.
Professional Negligence Issues
Cases of professional negligence typically occur when one party has been given poor legal, medical or financial advice, or a professional fails to meet the standards required of them. Issues that could result in a claim include the following:
- An incorrectly drafted will
- Poor mortgage advice
- A lack of or poor medical advice
- Undervaluation or overvaluation of residential or commercial property
- Poor investment advice
We have acted for, and against, a range of professionals, including (among others) the following:
- Estate Agents
- Financial Advisors
- Insurance Brokers
- Loss Adjusters
When you engage the services of a professional, you are entitled to expect a skilled and competent service, especially when you are paying fees for these services (and even sometimes when you aren’t). Unfortunately, professionals can and do make mistakes, which could be very costly to you or your business.
Here at Lupton Fawcett, we have a wealth of experience of bringing and defending claims against professionals. We provide full transparency on costs and litigation funding options will form part of our advice to you. We are dedicated to providing our clients with a successful outcome and a claims process that avoids unnecessary delays.
Contact Us Today
To speak to our team about a professional negligence issue or for legal advice on the subject, get in touch by using the contact details on the form.