London’s Leading Professional Negligence Litigation Lawyers
We are a City of London law firm of specialist professional negligence Solicitors and Barristers. We’re experts in settling very high value contentious professional negligence disputes. We excel in dealing with complex and sensitive claims against other leading organisations. We regularly assist with legal claims against:
Our dual-qualified Solicitor & Barrister team assess your case at the outset. We will quickly determine the merits and prospects of the claim and then also advise you on how to obtain an optimal settlement (often on a no win no fee basis).
Qualified lawyers at the only law firm with chambers in the Middle Temple (a Barristers’ Inn of Court) in the City of London
We provide results-focused legal representation to individuals and companies that have been subject to bad advice or conduct and can often act on a no win no fee basis after an initial assessment.
Our typical cases have a value of several hundred thousand pounds and our largest current case is worth in the region of £7 million and is a complex case against a large well-known London law firm.
Our experience and advice will help guide you on the ideal legal strategy to obtain optimal compensation for the loss you have suffered.
We have a specialist team of professional negligence legal experts with years of experience in negotiating with professionals, their indemnity insurers and their solicitors. We regularly represent our clients at mediations with insurers which often lead to settlement.
Where cases have to be progressed we are experienced at acting as legal representatives on negligence claims before the County Court, High Court and Court of Appeal and can take over conduct of existing claims.
Our City of London solicitors and barristers have market-leading experience of providing bespoke legal advice and bringing complex claims to settlement. As a leading law firm regularly featured in the news and media and with a track record of success, you can be assured that your compensation claim will proceed with precision and care.
ProNeg Litigation News
UK Professional Negligence Legal News Articles from our team:
In Christopher Hugh Gosden and others v Halliwell Landau and others  EWCA Civ 42 the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court decision concluding that the judge’s approach to Claimant’s causation was wrong. The Claimants were husband and wife and both senior professors at the University of Oxford. The First Claimant, Christopher Godsen was…
The Supreme Court case of Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors  UKSC 54 provides useful insight as to the relevance of “new” evidence i.e. evidence which was not available at the time of the substantive matter, in loss of chance cases. The Claimant, Mr Watkins, instructed a firm of solicitors, Hugh James Ford…
In Grondona v Stoffel & Co  EWCA Civ 2031, the Court of Appeal placed more importance on the public policy argument of clients being able to seek damages for solicitors’ negligence even in claims where the claimants have potentially committed fraud and the illegality defence is argued. Conveyancing negligence: Solicitors failure to register transfer…
The Supreme Court case of Perry v Raleys Solicitors  UKSC 5 was an opportunity for the Court to consider the correct approach to determining loss of chance claims arising out of lost litigation. In short, the landmark judgment means that if a claimant would probably have lost their underlying claim, nevertheless they may be…
Struggling fashion retailer Ted Baker has appointed accounting firm Deloitte after finding £58 million hole in their balance sheets. Why have Ted Baker got a £58m Hole? Preliminary investigation shave revealed the fashion retailer have overestimated their value of stock causing the hole in their balance sheet. The original investigation showed the overestimation to be…
The case of Freeborn & Goldie -v- Mr Daniel Marcal (t/a Dan Marcal Architects)  EWHC 454 (TCC) warrants a chilling reminder to architects that a failure to clearly record a client’s brief, or amendments to it, may be regarded as a serious breach of duty. Once again the Technology and Construction Court (“TCC”) have found…
Our frequently asked questions about professional negligence litigation:
What does professional negligence mean?
Professionals must act to the standard of a reasonable body of professionals in the same profession. Therefore not every error is actionable negligence unless the act or omission breaches the duty of care expected of a reasonable professional. Duties of care can arise by way of contract or by common law tort.
What’s the basis for a negligence claim?
A negligence claim must satisfy three basic requirements on the balance of probabilities otherwise it will fail: (1) a duty of care must be owed by the professional; (2) the professional must have breached this duty; and (3) the breach of that duty must cause a loss.
If you’d have suffered a loss regardless of the professional’s negligence or if the real cause of your loss was due to an extraneous factor outside of the responsibility of the profesional then a claim would be reduced or extinguished.
The primary limitation period to issue a court claim is 6 years from the cause of action (s2, Limitation Act 1980). Limitation is usually fatal to any claim. However, if a claimant has only just discovered the problem, then the limitation period may be extended to 3 years from the date of knowledge (section 14A, Limitation Act 1980).
Legal advice should always be sought promptly.
How much compensation can I get from a negligence claim?
Compensation will be awarded in the amount that puts you back into the position you would have been in had the breach by the professional not occurred. Damages are generally assessed from the date of the breach but the Court could select another date to do justice between the parties. Only damages that are reasonably foreseeable can be claimed.
Solicitors normally have minimum insurance cover of £3,000,000.00.
What if the professional is insolvent or has limited worth?
Almost all professionals have professional indemnity insurance (PI insurance) which may payout against legal claims. For example, regulated solicitors may have minimum insurance cover of £3,000,000.00.
We will investigate this for you once you formally instruct us to resolve your dispute.
A claim can be brought against any professional – the list is extensive. A professional is an individual or a firm who hold themselves out as having expertise and skill in the services they provide.
We help clients make a successful professional negligence case after receiving bad advice from: lawyers; financial advisers; accountants; valuers; IFAs; surveyors; architects; builders; tax consultants.
What are examples of negligence by a professional?
Establishing professional negligence is more than being given “bad advice”– a claim can be made where a professional fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard expected of them, for example:
Lawyers: missed time limits; failure to investigate fundamental evidence; failure to prepare a case with due care; failure to comply with court directions; and providing incorrect legal advice.
Financial advisers: failure to advise on the risks of a entering into a financial product; wrongly assessing a client’s attitude towards risk when recommending a (risky) financial product to invest in; and failing to follow instructions provided by a client.
Surveyors: failure to discover latent defects such as dry rot, woodworm, a leak; over-valuation of a property; and failure to identify subsidence.
Conveyancers: failure to investigate title correctly; failure to discover or warn of restrictive covenants burdening the property; failure to ensure proper planning permissions and building regulations consents obtained.
What does ‘contributory negligence’ mean?
This means that your own negligence contributed to the loss or damage suffered by you. In such circumstances, the opponent professional argues that you (or another party) has caused or contributed to the damage suffered.
This is a partial legal defence and if successfully argued, the losses claimed would be reduced (the judge would have to consider and determine your share in the responsibility).
What does legal ‘causation’ mean?
You must show that the defendant’s actions caused the actual loss or damage. Causation arguments are relevant to the assessment of damages.
There are two aspects to the question of causation:
(1) The factual element i.e. did damage result from the breach of duty? Factual causation requires you to prove that it is more likely than not that the loss or damage wouldn’t have occurred “but for” the defendant’s breach of duty ; and
(2) The remoteness element i.e. even where loss or damage has been caused in fact by the defendant’s breach of duty, should the defendant be held responsible for all the consequences of his breach?
Are there any restrictions on damages recoverable?
Even where the professional’s wrongful conduct caused the loss, it will not necessarily be responsible for every loss as some losses are irrecoverable. Sometimes losses will be viewed as (1) too remote to be recoverable, (2) or you may have ‘failed to mitigate’ your loss or (3) you may have contributed to the loss suffered.
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