Professional negligence and the various types of professional

31st January 2015 by


If a person or organisation calls itself a professional, what exactly does it mean, and what obligations does it infer? This question is, in many ways, integral to any claim for professional negligence compensation. Here at Healys LLP, London and Brighton professional negligence lawyers, we can help you determine whether the professional you employed breached its duty and whether it owes you any form of redress.

What is a professional?

A professional is, as distinct from being someone who simply earns their living from doing a particular thing, a person who receives a fee in order to perform a specialised job or set of jobs.

Furthermore, a professional will almost invariably have received a great deal of specialised training and accreditation in order to try and safeguard the standards of its services.

In legal terms, the word “professional” can also be said to be more than simply an indicator of expectations – it is also indicative of liabilities. This means that if someone is a professional at some type of job or task, he or she can expect to face liability for claims for professional negligence compensation should standards fall short and bad performance lead to financial loss for a client.

The following jobs are all accepted as being the preserve of professionals:

  • Lawyers, solicitors and barristers
  • Architects, Engineers and construction contractors
  • Scientists
  • Accountants and Financial Advisors
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Doctors and Surgeons
  • Real Estate Agents, Valuers and Surveyors

In addition to their broader legal obligations, most professionals are also bound by codes of conduct or best practice as laid out by their relevant regulator or industry group – for example, the Solictiors Regulation Authority.

London and Brighton professional negligence lawyers

If you have suffered financial loss as a result of the negligent or substandard service of a professional, the specialists at Healys LLP, London and Brighton, can help you claim for professional negligence compensation against its liability insurance.

For more information call or email our offices today.