When you need legal advice or you need a specific legal service, the first person you turn to is a solicitor. As highly trained professionals who deal with the law on a day-to-day basis, you expect them to handle your case with the utmost care and diligence.
But, what happens if your solicitor makes a serious error that has negative consequences for you? If you have experienced financial loss due to the negligent actions of your solicitor, our expert Professional Negligence solicitors are ready to help you make a claim for compensation.
How Can I Find Out Whether I Have A Valid Claim?
As clients use solicitors for different purposes, negligence can occur in a variety of situations, such as:
- Providing clients with incorrect, or poor, legal advice
- Negligence when handling divorce and financial proceedings – for example, failing to ensure a spouse receives a fair, adequate settlement
- Settling personal injury claims that don't compensate victims adequately – for example, not seeking the right amount of compensation needed to aid an individual's recovery
- Issues with buying or selling property – for example, failing to identify a defect in the title to your property
- Negligent management of trusts and estates
- Incorrectly drafting wills – for example, failing to ensure a will is witnessed and signed correctly
- Missing important deadlines
- Not complying with court orders
- Failing to identify cases where you could have made a claim for compensation
- Failing to ask the appropriate experts for their professional opinions – for example, when you're making a claim for compensation
- Incorrectly drafting documents or agreements
- Failing to give correct or adequate advice regarding funding and/or costs
How Can I Make A Claim Against A Solicitor?
Although all solicitors have a duty of care to their clients and must act in their best interests at all times, this isn't always the case.
Before you can make a claim against a solicitor, it's first necessary to establish whether the solicitor's behaviour was negligent. If their actions directly led to you experiencing financial loss, you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
But if your solicitor's negligence didn't result in you losing out financially, then you may not be able to make a claim.
As each client's case is unique, we recommend speaking to one of our Professional Negligence experts who will analyse your case and let you know whether you can make a claim.
In most cases, your solicitor will try to resolve your claim at an early stage without starting formal proceedings. This will, however, depend on the nature of your case.
Is There A Time Limit For Making Negligence Claims Against A Solicitor?
By law, you have 6 years from the date on which the negligence took place, or 3 years from the date on which you first knew that you had suffered from a loss, to make a claim.
Why Choose Simpson Millar?
We're increasingly dealing with cases where clients have sought the services of solicitors who have claimed to be experts in particular areas, yet don't have the experience required for their client's case.
Being let down by a legal professional is disheartening and – depending on your case – may have serious consequences, which can be difficult and expensive to resolve. You shouldn't have to suffer in silence if you've been the victim of negligence at the hands of a solicitor.
Our Professional Negligence team has years of specialist expertise and experience in dealing with claims against solicitors. They will be able to identify whether you can make a claim and will fight for you to receive the compensation that you're entitled to.
Get in touch today if you think you may have a Professional Negligence claim, and we will be delighted to offer you no obligation advice.
Just call us on 0808 129 3320 or alternatively fill out our enquiry form here.