Solicitors are not immune from making mistakes and sometime these can be costly. In most cases you will be happy with the service you receive but in some instances mistakes can be made that leave you out of pocket and wanting answers. Contact our professional negligence claims against solicitors team today.
We have been working with people like you for over 30 years and we understand that sometimes an apology is not enough. At Healys we are here to help you recover any losses (financial or otherwise) you have suffered and get the answers you deserve.
Our team has a wealth of experience in professional negligence claims against solicitors and we have developed relations with leading chambers in the industry. We are recognised in the Claims Against Solicitors field by a leading industry directory, the Legal 500. We are also members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.
Most claims against solicitors can be complex and that’s why it’s important to have a team that is industry recognised and that you can trust. There are number issues you can claim for but these are the most common.
In order to win a negligence claim against a solicitor, the claimant will need to prove a number of things.
Duty of Care
Foremost among these is the notion of “duty of care”, meaning that it is necessary to prove that, under the terms of the solicitor-client relationship, the defendant solicitor owed a duty to the claimant. That is wide enough to cover the mistake made.
Breach of Duty
The next step in building a persuasive negligence claim against a solicitor is in proving that the solicitor in question breached the duty of care.
This involves comparing and testing the actions of the solicitor against a number of important criteria – underpinning this assessment will be the overarching question of whether the defendant’s service and conduct met the standards of a reasonably competent solicitor.
Even in cases where breach of duty and causation are proven, it is still incumbent on the claimant to show that the losses are not too remote from the cause of them. In short, they must be reasonably foreseeable.
Once this loss has been proven, liability can be established and only the question of an appropriate sum of compensation will remain.
The loss suffered must have been cause by the breach of duty. This is often the most difficult aspect to prove as not everything a breach is caused by that breach.
Hence, depending on the circumstance in relation to the purchase of property that (properly advised) would not have been purchased, you may/may not recover the loss in value caused by the fall in the general property market.
4th October 2019
If you believe you are a victim of professional negligence, you should seek legal advice right away or risk losing your chance of obtaining justice. An insurer found that out to its cost after a delay in launching proceedings resulted in it having to bear the full financial burden of remedying a tower block’s defective cladding. Continue reading »
30th September 2019
Healys LLP has again been recognised as a leading firm in the latest edition of the Legal 500. This year, 4 practise areas and 3 individual lawyers have been recommended.
6th September 2019
Healys are pleased to note that 3 partners are to be ranked as leading individuals in the 2020 edition of leading legal directory Chambers & Partners, to be published later this year. Continue reading »
13th December 2018
When a dispute broke out over an insurance claim, the value of line-by-line analysis of the policy terms and the obligations to make disclosures were made starkly evident. The dispute arose after the owner of a property rented it out to another firm for waste recycling. Insurance cover was placed with two insurers by a broker on behalf of the tenant and the property owner to cover various risks, including to the plant and machinery. Continue reading »
11th October 2018
People take professional advice all the time, and rely on it. A professional who gives advice will normally not only have the appropriate qualifications but will also be covered by the firm’s professional indemnity policy, so that if their advice turns out to be negligent, the client can be compensated. Continue reading »
20th January 2020
As Brexit grows closer, immigration has become a key discussion point for Boris Johnson’s cabinet. The UK government has proposed new restrictions set for low-skilled migrants seeking to work in Britain. This policy has not been finalised yet, although there are plans for implementation without transition by the end of December 2020. Continue reading »
3rd January 2020
Healys LLP is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrei Baev as Partner, the Head of the Energy and Infrastructure Department and the Head of Russia/CIS desk.
23rd December 2019
Christmas is an exciting time for many as we prepare to give and receive thoughtful gifts, spend time with loved ones, and ignore calorie intakes as we embrace chocolates, comfort food and more! However, the festive season can also be an extremely difficult time for many individuals and families too. A great number of children at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) are too ill to go home for Christmas. Continue reading »
15th November 2019
24th October 2019
As Shamima Begum begins her legal challenge against the Home Office, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) is holding a 4 day preliminary hearing. The specialist court will hear the legal challenge and consider whether the removal of Ms Begum’s citizenship has rendered her stateless and was therefore unlawful.
Ivon Sampson, Head of Immigration, joined Iain Dale live on LBC to discuss the issues of the case, and the possible consequences of any decision.
Listen to the full radio interview here: