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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:

Instruct our Professionals to pursue your Claim

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).

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Qualified lawyers at the only law firm with chambers in the Middle Temple (a Barristers’ Inn of Court) in the City of London



Dedicated PNLA member specialist negligence lawyers with expertise in high value professional negligence disputes and claims


Our professional negligence solicitors and barristers offer regulated, independent & confidential legal advice

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.

We recommend that you let us, as experts, handle your matter. Here’s why:

  • reduce failure risk from attempting to manage and understand complex negligence disputes or civil procedural rules and laws yourself;
  • expert assistance and advice which can obtain an optimal result; and
  • dedicated specialists which results in a faster solution to your problem.

Areas of Expertise:

We regularly undertake professional negligence litigation in these core areas:


Compensation claims against legal professionals, solicitors, barristers, law firms, conveyancers and intellectual property attorneys


Negligence claims against financial professionals, auditors, actuaries, insurance brokers, lenders, stockbrokers, IFAs, accountants & tax consultants


Claims against conveyancers, architects, chartered surveyors, valuers, quantity surveyors, planning consultants & builders

Need a specialist negligence lawyer to bring a claim against a professional?

Had bad advice? Suffered financial or personal loss?

We are a specialist leading City of London law firm based in the Middle Temple Inn of Court adjacent to the Royal Courts of Justice, High Court and Court of Appeal. We specialise in bringing professional negligence claims and have years of experience in handling, resolving and settling negligence disputes and are members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).

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:

Insufficient Authority: Wasted Costs Order Against Solicitors ‘Acting’ for a Company

The recent High Court case of Rushbrooke UK Ltd v 4 Designs Concept Ltd [2022] EWHC 1687 (Ch) HHJ (“Rushbrooke”), concerns solicitor negligence resulting in a wasted costs order. The court found that the solicitor who had acted for the limited company, Rushbrooke, had done so without checking to see whether his instructions were backed…

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    Bringing Professional Negligence Claims: McClean and Others v Thornhill

The case of McClean and Others v Thornhill sheds light on how those providing advice may now protect themselves based on the technicalities of a disclaimer. Multiple investors found themselves with no recourse after having incurred heavy losses owing to reliance on a professional’s incorrect advice. Have you suffered financial loss at the hands of…

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Clarity in Professional Negligence Cases: Percy v Merriman White

In the recent case Percy v Merriman White and Mayall, the Court of Appeal clarified what must be proved by a contribution claimant to succeed in their contribution claim. Addressing the Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978, the court held that the liability of the party claiming contribution is the main concern for the purposes of…

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High Court: Failure to serve Claim Form correctly leads to claim being struck out

The recent judgment made by Mr. Justice Nicklin in London Borough of Ealing v Persons Unknown [2021] EWHC 2132 (QB) reiterates the importance of the duty to comply with the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 (“CPR 1998”) in relation to the service of the Claim Form, regardless of the individual circumstances of the case. The outcome…

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High Court: Issuing claim close to limitation should be avoided

In ABC & Ord v The London Borough of Lambeth [2021] EWHC 2057 (QB), the court answers the question as to when proceedings are commenced using the Electronic Working System and highlights the importance of issuing a claim form in a timely manner. Do you have a claim against a professional? If you want expert legal…

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Courting disaster: High Court refuses to validate defective service of Claim Form

In the Judgment of Mr Justice Fraser in LSREF 3 Tiger Falkirk Ltd I S.a.r.l & Anor v Paragon Building Consultancy Ltd [2021] EWHC 2063 (TCC), the High Court has held that there was no good reason to validate service retrospectively where the claimant’s solicitors served the sealed copy of the claim form to the…

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Professional Negligence FAQs

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.

Can I start a professional negligence claim?

A legal claim in England & Wales in must follow the Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol, per the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR). The Pre-Action Protocol encourages a letter before claim, a response and an exchange of information and sets out a timetable.  

Is my professional negligence case time-barred?

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.

Ordinarily a professional will have professional indemnity insurance to ensure any compensation claim can be satisfied. A professional is required to have indemnity insurance if they are a member of professional bodies such as the Bar Council, the Law Society or the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

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.

If your opponent is in an insolvent position we will work with our in-house insolvency litigation lawyers to make a creditor claim.

Who can be sued for professional negligence?

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.

Want legal advice on the merits of your case?

Our simple enquiry form goes immediately to our litigation team in Middle Temple, London. Call us on +442071830529 from 9am-6pm.

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