| Claim against an accountant

Our expert team of professional negligence solicitors has over 50 years of experience in advising businesses and individuals on professional negligence claims. We can help you if your accountant has caused you loss due to negligent advice, incorrect auditing, accounting or tax advice.

Accountant duty of care

All professionals owe their clients a duty of care. This means that they must perform their jobs to a reasonable standard and with reasonable care. If your accountant’s advice falls below the standard that you should reasonably expect, you may be able make a professional negligence claim against your accountant.

Accountant professional negligence

Many businesses and individuals use accountants to advise on a range of matters. We expect that advice to be accurate, and in most cases it is. However, sometimes things go wrong, meaning that you lose out financially as a result. Examples of accountant negligence include:

  • Incorrect or negligent tax advice
  • Failure to detect misappropriation of funds
  • Failure to complete a tax return resulting in penalty charges
  • Negligent completion of an audit report
  • Negligent overvaluation of a company asset.

If you feel you have a claim against your accountant, it is important to seek specialist legal advice from an experienced professional negligence solicitor. There are strict time limits for professional negligence claims including those against accountants. In the main, this is six years. However, there are some exceptions, so it is worth getting in touch to discuss your claim. We always recommend that you contact us as soon as you become aware of any negligence.

Complaints against accountants

Not all accountants are accredited. However, many in England and Wales are accredited by the ACCA or the ICAEW. Both bodies have complaints procedures and you may be able to approach them if you have received poor service.

If you have a complaint against an accountant, we can advise you on whether it is worth approaching the professional body to make a complaint as well as making a professional negligence claim.

Even if you have had a negative decision from the professional body, we may still be able to help you.

Can I make a claim against my accountant?

If you have suffered financial loss (which we can help identify) as a result of your accountant, you may have a claim. For a successful professional negligence claim you must be able to show that the accountant breached their duty of care to you and that you suffered loss as a result.

We will advise you on all aspects of your claim and give you clear costs advice*.

If you would like a FREE, no obligation discussion to see if you have a professional negligence claim against your accountant, call us on (freephone) 0800 988 7756.

With offices in Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Harrogate and London, we can bring our experience and knowledge to your claim, no matter where you are.

*Please note, we do not offer no win no fee agreements. For further information, please see our pricing page.

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Steven Newdall

MANAGING PARTNER


T. 0113 297 3152
E. snewdall@levisolicitors.co.uk

Steven has 25 years’ experience in professional negligence claims and is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants, and has a particular speciality in claims against solicitors.

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