Professional Negligence

Professional negligence claims arise where the services provided by a professional fall below the standard that one would reasonably expect and the client suffers loss as a result. We handle claims against all types of professionals working in property-related fields such as solicitors, surveyors, architects, planning consultants, mechanical and electrical engineers or financial advisors. Subject to conflict checks, we are also happy to represent professionals where a claim is being brought against them.

There is a pre-action protocol for professional negligence claims which provides an opportunity to negotiate before proceedings are started. Many cases can in fact be resolved at this stage, and more are settled through the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation. Our role during these early stages is to help you to understand the strength of your own position, to present your case to your opponent, to advise on negotiation strategies such as the use of costs-protection offers and to represent you in any settlement discussions or without-prejudice meetings. We have established relationships with expert-witnesses who specialise in different types of claim and their assistance can be very valuable in the early stages of building your case, as well as in preparing for trial if necessary.

Please contact Bill Ricquier to have an initial discussion about your claim on a no-fee basis.