| Claim against a solicitor

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 solicitor has caused you loss.

Solicitor 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. However, if your solicitor’s advice falls below the standard that you should reasonably expect, you may be able make a professional negligence claim against your lawyer.

Solicitor professional negligence

Businesses and individuals frequently use solicitors to advise and act on a range of matters. We expect that advice and their actions to be accurate, and in most cases they are. However, sometimes things go wrong, meaning that you lose out financially as a result. Examples of solicitor negligence include:

  • Failing to advise on issues affecting property transactions
  • Missing deadlines including limitation dates and court deadlines
  • Mistakes in drafting legal documents including wills and property documents
  • Not advising on the outcome of surveys, searches or valuations in property transactions
  • Solicitor’s dishonesty
  • Under-settling claims (including personal injury claims)
  • Giving legal advice which causes you a loss
  • Causing a claim to be struck out by the courts
  • Not following instructions properly

If you feel you have a claim against a solicitor, 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 solicitors. 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 solicitors

If you have a complaint about a solicitor’s service, you may be able to make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. As part of our advice, we will consider whether you may have a valid Legal Ombudsman complaint.

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

Licensed conveyancer professional negligence

In other cases, you may have instructed a licensed conveyancer (as opposed to a solicitor) to help you buy or sell your home. We have experience in bringing claim against conveyancers as well as solicitors. Therefore, if you think that your conveyancer may have been negligent, we can help.

Can I make a claim against my solicitor?

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

In some instances, a solicitor will instruct a barrister on your behalf. If you think their advice was incorrect, we can advise you whether to bring a professional negligence claim against the barrister as well as, or instead of, the solicitor.

Solicitors’ and conveyancers’ negligence can arise from all sorts of different transactions and scenarios. We will work to resolve any issue that has arisen out of a lawyer’s negligence, and to ensure that you are adequately compensated for your losses.

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 solicitor, 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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