Professional negligence solicitors
All professionals, including accountants, financial advisors, solicitors and surveyors are bound by professional standards. When a professional’s poor conduct causes serious consequences for you, our professional negligence solicitors can help. We also represent professionals who have had negligence claims made against them.
What is professional negligence?
Professional negligence is when a professional person fails to provide an adequate standard of service, or they give poor advice because they have not taken reasonable care. If their negligence causes you to suffer a loss, then you could make a claim against them. A loss might be of a financial nature, damage to property or personal injury.
When professional negligence is proven, compensation is awarded.
The idea of compensation is to return the person who has suffered as a result of negligence back to the same position they were in before the incident occurred, as far as possible.
Mistakes professionals can make
Here are some common mistakes that may result in professional negligence claims:
- A surveyor does not notice a structural defect when you buy a house.
- An accountant gives you incorrect tax advice by failing to inform you about all the tax reliefs available to you.
- A financial advisor gives you poor investment advice, such as investing in the wrong pension.
- A solicitor carrying out conveyancing work fails to tell you about planning restrictions on a property you are buying.
- You are a landlord, and an estate agent or letting agent fails to carry out anti money laundering checks, so you incur a financial penalty.
- A structural engineer or an architect designs a building for you that is not compliant with building regulations, so it has to be pulled down.
- A doctor or a dentist gives you the wrong treatment, which leads to additional suffering. Healthcare professionals have a duty of care, and if they fail in their duty, our medical negligence solicitors can help.
- A vet provides incorrect treatment for your pet which leads to further injury and additional financial cost.
How QualitySolicitors can help you
QualitySolicitors network of partner firms has vast experience with professional negligence disputes. Over the years, we have secured successful outcomes for all types of professional negligence claims.
When you make a claim through us, we promise to keep you updated at every stage of your case. We will talk to you in plain English, clearly explaining any legal terminology. We guarantee you will have direct access to a dedicated professional negligence solicitor who will fight to achieve a fair outcome for you.
If you are a professional who has had a claim made against you, please contact us to find out how we can help. If you have been accused of giving negligent advice, for example, your advice may not be negligent if it was founded on strong evidence. Our professional negligence solicitors can also help you to reduce the risk of another claim against you in future.
What is the process for a professional negligence claim?
Here are the 8 steps of a professional negligence claim:
The other party will notify their professional indemnity insurance company at this stage.
Negligent act occurs
Poor professional advice is received, or a service falls below industry standards. As a result, you suffer a loss.
Our solicitors talk to you to establish whether you are likely to have a valid claim.
For your claim to be successful, we will need to prove the professional owed you a moral or legal duty of care, and that they breached their duty by falling below standards other professionals in their field would meet. We will also need to demonstrate the losses you have suffered due to their negligence.
Once you have instructed us to act on your behalf, we start the claims process by formally notifying the professional at fault of your grievance and the financial implications.
We gather evidence to support your claim by instructing an independent expert to advise if the professional has been negligent.
An assessment will be made into the losses and expenses caused by the negligence, which includes any losses you will incur in future.
For your case to be successful, evidence needs to show the professional owed you a duty of care, they breached their duty, and that you have suffered a loss as a result.
Letter Before Action (LBA)
If there is evidence to support your claim, we send the other party a Letter Before Action.
An LBA is a detailed letter that sets out evidence to support your claim and includes supporting documents. In the LBA, we will clearly state how you would like your claim to be settled, and that you are willing to settle out of court.
In many cases, a positive outcome is achieved at this stage.
We present your full case and evidence to the representatives of the professional at fault. We negotiate on your behalf for the best possible ‘out of court’ settlement, based on what we believe a judge would award.
The dispute may be settled through mediation, or another form of alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration.
If the dispute remains unsettled because the other party does not accept blame, or they offer you an acceptable level of compensation, then the next stage is to start court proceedings.
In court, a judge will decide if the other party is liable, and how much compensation they must pay you.
When you win your claim, either through negotiations or the court process, you receive your compensation.
Start a professional negligence claim
QualitySolicitors partner firms specialise in professional negligence cases. We have the experience and expertise to secure the highest amount of compensation for you.
We are dedicated to settling matters outside court whenever possible, to save you time and money. However, if court proceedings are necessary, we have the strong negotiating skills you need to achieve the right outcome.
All QualitySolicitors partner firms are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority (SRA), so you can be assured of the highest standard of professional advice.
To find out whether our professional negligence claims solicitors can help you claim compensation, please contact us today on 08082747557.