If you’ve experienced professional negligence, you understand the frustration that comes with placing your trust in an expert, only to be let down. Whether it’s a solicitor missing a court deadline, an accountant providing incorrect tax planning advice, or any other professional failing in their duty of care, the consequences can be significant and far-reaching.
At Anwar Legal our goal is to rebuild the client and solicitor’s trust, and to ensure you recover your losses for the hardships caused by the professional negligence.
What is Professional Negligence?
When seeking legal advice it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of what constitutes professional negligence. Professionals, such as solicitors, barristers, or accountants, are expected to possess extensive experience and qualifications in their respective fields. In England and Wales, professional negligence can be established if the following elements occur:
- The professional owed you a duty of care.
- The professional breached their duty of care.
- The breach of duty resulted in a reasonably foreseeable loss or harm to you.
What Losses Can You Seek in a Professional Negligence Claim?
In the context of professional negligence claims in London, it is essential to be aware of the various losses you may be able to claim. Our dedicated team of lawyers understand the intricacies of professional negligence cases in London and can help you pursue compensation for:
- Damages: If you have incurred a loss due to the negligent advice then you are able to claim this from the negligent professional.
- Loss of chance.: If professional negligence has deprived you of a significant opportunity in your personal or business endeavours, you may be entitled to compensation for the loss of that chance.
- Diminution in value: If your property or assets in London have suffered a decrease in value due to professional negligence, you can pursue a claim to recover the diminished value.
- Incurred Professional Fees: If you have incurred unnecessary or futile expenses in relation to professional services in London, you may be eligible to claim compensation for the wasted expenditure.
Our experienced team of London-based lawyers are well-versed in handling such claims and understand the specific legal landscape in the city. We are committed to fighting for your rights and ensuring that you receive the maximum compensation possible for the losses you have experienced.
Is There a Time Limit to Start a Professional Negligence Claim?
The time limit to start a claim is generally six years from the date of the negligence, or act which caused the negligence.
Alternatively, if six years have passed since the negligent act, the victim can bring a claim three years from the date of knowledge of the negligence.
However, it’s important to note that there are exceptions and variations depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Often solicitors representing the negligent professionals will raise arguments of limitation which will debar the claim. Therefore, legal advice should be obtained to identify the date of limitation at an early stage.
How Long Does a Professional Negligence Claim take in London?
The duration of a professional negligence claim in London can vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. The average duration of a claim ranges around 12 months. However, if court proceedings become necessary, the settlement process may extend to approximately 12 to 18 months due to the formalities involved. Our team will work diligently to navigate the complexities of your case, ensuring that your claim is handled efficiently and effectively.
Parties involved in a professional negligence claim should consider whether early mediation is a possibility to negotiate a settlement. Mediation can be highly successful. For more information, read our blog Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Case Study – Success in Professional Negligence Claim
Anwar Legal successfully pursued a professional negligence claim against a lawyer who failed to advise our client properly in County Court proceedings. The lawyer’s error led to our client’s claim being cancelled and our client paying thousands of pounds to the other party. Read more by clicking the link to find out about what happened? How we settled the claim?
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