There are many times in our lives when we need to take professional advice. Whether your concern is financial, legal, or technical, a professional advisor can certainly help point you in the right direction and give you the guidance you need.
Unfortunately there are a number of cases where poor or careless advice leads to serious consequences, from lost money to lost time to missed opportunities. In legal terms, this poor advice is known as professional negligence and if you have fallen victim to it you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Can You Make A Professional Negligence Claim?
When you contact a professional advisor, you expect them to approach your case with care and skill. Of course, no professional can be expected to offer perfect advice 100% of the time, but if you feel you have been offered exceptionally bad professional advice you can make your case on one of two grounds:
- If you can prove that another experienced professional in the same field would have offered different advice
- If you can prove that the advisor in question failed to adhere to the common standards of practice in their field
Often, professional negligence claims happen after professionals give advice on matters beyond their expertise or pass the work on to a colleague who does not have the necessary knowledge. Our lawyers have years of experience in helping clients identify when this is the case.
Our Professional Negligence Solicitors
Based across 10 regional offices, we are proud to have the largest team of professional negligence solicitors in the UK working for people who have been given bad advice by a professional. Over the past few years we have helped clients make cases of professional negligence after receiving bad advice from:
- Accountants (failure to detect a fraud)
- Architects (failure to spot a design flaw in plans for a new school roof)
- Barristers (failure to cross examine a key witness)
- Engineers (flawed designs)
- Financial advisors (recommending a certain type of investment)
- Insurance brokers (failure to inform of all the risks to be insured)
- Solicitors (missed time limits in personal injury cases)
- Surveyors (failure to note a defect to a property)
- Tax consultants (failure to advise on consequences of late filing of tax returns)
If your enquiry is about a failed personal injury claim and you believe that claim failed because of the actions of your solicitor, visit our page on personal injury professional negligence.
How We Can Help You With Your Professional Negligence Claim
We can help you assess both the circumstances of your case and the consequences of your actions following any poor or incorrect advice. We aim to make sure what is happening with your case and we’ll keep you up-to-date in clear and simple terms. We will talk you through all your options for funding your case.
We’re one of the few law firms that can fund this kind of work through No Win No Fee agreements, Legal Expense Insurance and private funding. If you’re concerned about the expense of making claim, talk to us as we may be able to work for you at no cost.*
Funding Your Professional Negligence Case
We’ve developed Support4Dispute in partnership with leading insurance provider Allianz Legal Protection for claims against solicitors. It’s an innovative funding solution for professional negligence cases that combines a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with After the Event (ATE) insurance, helping you manage the risks associated with professional negligence litigation.
Support4Dispute gives you peace of mind and clarity of costs – it allows you to make a professional negligence claim against your former solicitor without being liable for your opponent’s legal costs. If your case is unsuccessful, you don’t have to pay any insurance premiums. If you’re successful, there’s clear pricing for each stage of litigation.
If you’re making a claim for professional negligence against a solicitor, Allianz have given us the power to issue Support4Dispute policies to our clients under their delegated authority. This means we don’t have to make an application for cover on each individual case, saving you time and money.
*Subject to entering into a ‘No Win No Fee’ agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Support4Disputes insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.