If you feel that you have been let down by a professional, you may have a claim against that professional for the loss (financial or otherwise) that you feel you have suffered as a consequence of the poor service provided.
For the last seven years, the practice has been listed in the Legal 500. Practice Head, Robert Johnson, is also recognised as a leading individual in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as are David Bailey and Jerome O’Sullivan.
Professional negligence is a specialist topic and not an area of general practice for solicitors. This has the effect of reducing the number of solicitors who are sufficiently aware of the issues involved to enable them to undertake professional negligence work effectively. We have that expertise and that is reflected in the increasing number of professional negligence cases on which we are instructed and the success we achieve in those cases. Indeed, we advise on claims against most professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors, financial advisors, project managers, planning consultants and architects.
We have the necessary levels of experience, expertise and resources to provide advice, assistance and representation to clients who believe that they have a claim against a professional. The key elements of this service are:
Healys team has substantial experience and expertise in professional negligence matters. The team includes a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association with excellent contacts with leading chambers in this field.
26th September 2017
A case highlighted back in June was the court of Appeal decision in Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trusts  EWCA Civ 792 which confirmed the principles established in the Merrix case regarding the inter-relationship between budgets and detailed assessment. In short… Continue reading »
A recent report by the IOD and BLM law states that negligence claims against property solicitors are continuing to rise, as the issue of leasehold ground rents comes into public view. These claims have arisen from purchasers of leasehold properties who have sought to recover compensation for ground rent charges, which they claim that they were never informed of. Continue reading »
13th September 2017
Perhaps not surprisingly, there have been a plethora of authorities in relation to costs and recoveries and that continues apace.
In Jordan v MGM Limited  EWHC 1937 (Ch), the claimant was (“rightly”) penalised by the very late acceptance of a Part 36 offer. The offer had been made over two and half years previously and it was accepted just before trial. As a consequence, the Claimant was ordered to pay the Defendant’s costs (and on an indemnity basis) from the date of expiry of the relevant period under the Part 36 offer.
In a similar case of Briggs v CEF Holdings Ltd (2017) CA (Civ Div), the defendant appealed to the Court of Appeal in respect of the first instance district judge’s order on costs. The Court of Appeal overturned the district judge’s ruling and found for the defendant on costs on the Part 36 issue.
There has been much focus on ensuring that my team manage Part 36 offers properly in order to ensure that they know which ones are open and hence which ones might (depending on developments within the case) need to be withdrawn or increased/decreased. Of course, the other side of the coin is ensuring that you consider a Part 36 offer that is made by the other party carefully (and then advising the client accordingly) in order to determine whether it should be accepted or, if not, ensuring that the client is fully aware of the possible consequences. I can easily see how failure to deal with such matters properly could lead to a claim against the solicitor.
For more information on this topic or any service we offer please contact Robert Johnson on 020 7822 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been reported that a recent negligence claim that was a result of a false entry on the Law Society’s “Find A Solicitor” has failed to be struck out. Continue reading »
18th August 2015
If you are considering a professional negligence claim, there are a number of things outside of financial considerations you might want to think about before proceeding.
This is because winning your professional negligence claim and ensuring maximum financial compensation may not necessarily be the overriding imperative.
For example, in many cases preserving and nurturing relationships may be of at least equal importance to securing settlement. Fortunately, however, it does not have to be an either/or situation; sometimes it may be possible to preserve the fundamentals of a successful relationship while also ensuring financial settlement from the professional’s indemnity insurer.
21st March 2018
Healys are delighted to announce that they have been shortlisted to win “Mortgage Conveyancer of the Year” at The Mortgage Awards. Continue reading »
23rd February 2018
Members of Healys Lauren Fitzgerald and Jack Wingrove, taking part in the Brighton2Brussels Charity Cycle Ride in aid of the Mayor’s Charities will attempt a new record by cycling the first mile of their journey in the sky. Continue reading »
12th February 2018
In what could be the largest ever equal pay challenge in UK history, legal proceedings have begun against retail giant Tesco. Up to 200,000 shop floor staff could be affected by the claim, which has the potential to cost Tesco up to £20,000 per worker in back pay over at least 6 years. If successful, the final compensation bill could be as much as £4bn. Continue reading »
25th January 2018
David Bailey, Partner in the Dispute Resolution team, discusses the question in the Times Newspaper.
Mediation is generally a cost-effective alternative way to secure dispute resolution. These days, typically in commercial cases, parties arrive legally tooled up with a full set of solicitors, barristers and experts, much as they would for a trial, and act accordingly. Continue reading »
23rd January 2018