Professional Negligence Claims

What is professional negligence?

You, like most people, often take advice from professionals such as accountants, solicitors, surveyors, and architects. When taking this advice, you would expect that the advice you are provided with to be correct.

In simple terms, professional negligence is where a professional person such as a financial adviser, valuer, surveyor, accountant or solicitor fails to perform to the standards required of them, resulting in their client suffering damage or loss due to reliance on this advice.

A professional person has a duty of care to their client to perform their job to a reasonable standard and with reasonable care. Where they do not act with reasonable care and skill and carry out their work to an expected standard they will be negligent.

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Why does professional negligence happen?

Professional negligence tends to arise as a result of a breach of a contractual term or a breach of a professional duty. Whilst breaches of contractual terms are usually more obvious, breaches of a professional's duty of care towards you may be less so. It may therefore be difficult for you to accurately determine whether you have a claim against a professional on this basis.

Our expert team are able to advise you on whether you have a claim and consider the prospects of you succeeding with that claim.

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