When you need legal advice or a specific legal service, the first person many people turn to is a Solicitor or a Lawyer. As highly trained professionals who deal with the law on a day-to-day basis, you expect the Solicitor to handle your case with the utmost care and diligence.
But if your Solicitor makes a serious error that has negative consequences for you, such as a considerable financial loss, you need to be able to put this right.
If you have experienced financial loss due to the negligent actions of your Solicitor, get in touch with our Professional Negligence Solicitors, as we may be able to help you claim compensation. Ask if we can deal with your case on a No Win, No Fee basis.
How Do I Make a Claim?
To make a professional negligence claim against a Solicitor, you need to demonstrate that they’ve fallen below the expected standard of care. As clients use Solicitors for different purposes, negligence can occur in a variety of situations, such as:
- Providing a client 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 a Trust or Estate
- Incorrectly drafting a Will – for example, failing to ensure a Will is witnessed and signed correctly
- Missing important deadlines
- Not complying with a Court Order
- 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 legal advice regarding funding and/or costs
If we take on your case, we will review your Solicitor’s file of papers and let you know if we think your professional negligence claim has a good chance of succeeding. Our Professional Negligence Solicitors can find out what specific failings took place and identify the impact it has had on you.
Ideally, we will try to resolve your claim at an early stage without starting formal proceedings, but this will depend on the nature of your case.
Time Limit for Making a Negligence Claim
You can claim within 6 years of the date on which the Solicitor negligence took place, or 3 years from the date on when you first knew that you had suffered from a loss.
How Simpson Millar Can Help You
Our Professional Negligence Solicitors have acted in many cases against Solicitors, including:
- Personal injury claims which have been under-settled
- Claims which have failed because they were brought out of time (limitation)
- Claims which have been struck out by the Court due to failures
- Claims which have failed at Trial because the wrong party was sued or the case was wrongly presented
- Claims which were discontinued due to a failure in the preparation making the case too weak to continue
- Conveyancing transactions that have gone wrong (such as planning permissions not being identified)
- Incorrect drafting of a Will which leaves you out as a beneficiary
- Employment Settlement Agreements which have excluded a personal injury claim which was known at the time of signing
Our Professional Negligence Solicitors have years of specialist expertise and experience in dealing with claims against Solicitors and Lawyers. We can identify whether you can make a claim and represent your interests to help you get the compensation you’re entitled to.
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