Holding Professionals To Account

Professionals are legally bound to exercise "reasonable skill and care" when dealing with clients. If they fail to do this and their mistake was one that a reasonable professional working in the same field would not have made, and the client lost money as a direct result of the mistake, then they are liable for damages.

For a professional negligence claim to be successful, you will need to establish the existence of a duty of care on the part of the professional, and that this duty has been breached.

Disputes arising from professional negligence can involve all manner of professionals, including:

  • Accountants
  • Barristers
  • Engineers
  • Financial advisers
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors
  • Tax consultants

Charles Gregory Solicitors have a specialist team who can provide you with help and support (on a Damages Reduction basis) to claim professional negligence against another solicitor, if they have been negligent and caused you to suffer a financial loss.

An example of this is when a client purchased a residential flat and instructed the Defendant firm for the conveyance. Negligently the Defendant Solicitors failed to perform a planning permission search and it was only when our client moved into the property, was he served with notice by the local council to convert the property back into the house. Our client was able to recover the purchase cost of the flat, in addition to all his legal fees and expenses from the Defendant firm.

Similarly, we have handled cases where Solicitors have failed to lodge claims with the court correctly or without the designated period and have prejudiced our client's claims. As a result of the Defendant's actions, our client had lost considerable funds and successfully recovered the same from the Defendants.