Poor advice or negligence by a Solicitor?

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Is this you?

  • Do you feel that your Solicitor has provided you with a poor standard of service which has caused you to suffer financial loss?
  • Has your Solicitor missed a deadline which has left you unable to pursue legal action or enforce your legal rights?
  • Did a Solicitor fail to act upon specific instructions or make a binding agreement which was contrary to your intentions?
  • Has a Solicitor given you incorrect legal advice or failed to properly outline the risks involved in proceeding with action, which has caused financial loss?

Who Are We?

We are an award-winning team of solicitors who specialise in professional negligence and financial mis-selling claims. We use our many years of experience and knowledge in this area to obtain and scrutinize relevant documents from financial advisers, stockbrokers, CFD providers and other associated entities.  Using our specialist knowledge of the law of contract and negligence we identify any grounds for action. We submit written complaints, detailing every allegation and are successful in most of our cases.

The amount awarded should put you in the position that you would have been in had no wrong been done…

If you can successfully show that you have suffered loss due to the negligent advice or actions of a Solicitor, you can look to recover compensation that fully covers the level of your losses.

The amount awarded should put you in the position that you would have been in had no wrong been done. Neglect Assist can investigate and advise upon the level of loss suffered and may be able to represent you in a no win, no fee claim.

The extent of potential damages is illustrated by the following cases that we are currently acting on;

Mrs G from Hertfordshire – Claiming
received
£160,000

She approached her Solicitor for advice on matrimonial finances following separation from her husband. An agreement was reached between the parties whereby Mrs G was led to believe that she would receive monthly maintenance payments from her ex husband until he reached the age of 65.

Mr C from Stoke – Claiming over
received
£100,000

He was interested in purchasing a leasehold property that was part of a larger development. He sought advice and representation from a firm of Solicitors before the sale became legally binding and also to assist him in completing the purchase. The Solicitors did not inform him of potential problems that may arise from the transaction

What Do We Charge?

We offer an absolute and guaranteed No Win, No Fee agreement, it’s that simple. If successful, we take a fee of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) * Of the award of compensation. If unsuccessful, our clients pay us nothing.

* We reserve the right to apply a deduction in more complex or higher risk cases of up to 30% plus VAT. Typical examples might be where there are multiple parties to claim against, where time limits for claiming may have passed or new areas of law are tested.

About claims for solicitor negligence

All Solicitors owe a professional duty of care to the clients they act for. Whenever an individual or business approaches a Solicitor for legal advice or representation, they have the right to expect a competent and high standard of service.

There will usually be a great deal of reliance by a client upon the skills and knowledge of their Solicitor. It is of utmost importance that the advice and representation given is both correct and suitable in the circumstances.

While the majority of dealings with a Solicitor will occur without any problems arising with the standard of service received, mistakes can sometimes be made. Any errors or negligence by a Solicitor can have potentially severe consequences.

In such situations you may have grounds for bringing a no win, no fee claim for compensation. Solicitors are typically required to have indemnity insurance to cover the cost of such claims.

Negligence can arise in a number of ways;

Missed Time Limits And Deadlines

It is often the case, for example, that the law will impose a time limit for certain actions to occur by. A failure by a Solicitor to meet such deadlines may mean that the individual or business is barred from taking their action to Court at all.

It is also possible, and fairly routine, for a Judge to impose deadlines while a case is progressing through Court. A failure by a Solicitor to meet such deadlines can result in the action being thrown out before the merits of the matter have been considered.

In a business context, it may be that a third party sets a deadline for a deal to be completed or for a contract to be confirmed. If this deadline is missed by a Solicitor it could lead to the collapse of the proposed deal or contract and cause significant financial losses to the business.

Incorrect or Inappropriate Advice

Negligence can also potentially arise if the content of the legal advice given by the Solicitor is either incorrect or inappropriate in the circumstances.

If legal action is brought based upon advice that is factually wrong, it may lead an individual or business to incur a lot of time and expense in pursuing a legal action or option that will ultimately prove futile. In such a situation there may be a claim for negligence against the Solicitor who gave the advice.

Legal action can come at considerable expense and there may be negligence if the Solicitor fails to inform their client of the likely costs involved beforehand.

Failure to Properly Prepare A Case

A Solicitor should give full consideration as to what will be required to properly present a case and ensure that the appropriate steps are taken. For example, a typical personal injury claim will need to be supported by medical evidence and the Solicitor should therefore take steps to obtain a suitable report from an appropriate specialist.

If a Solicitor fails to advise on the need for necessary expert evidence or fails to obtain other relevant documents or witness evidence, the outcome of the case may be affected. If this occurs, and loss is suffered, there may be grounds for bringing a No Win No Fee claim for professional negligence against the responsible Solicitor.

Failure To Follow Instructions

In certain situations, negligence can arise if a Solicitor doesn’t follow the instructions provided to them by the client. It may be, for example, that certain key terms are missed out when drafting a contract. If loss arises from such a mistake then there may be a claim in negligence against the Solicitor.

This is a vast area which we specialise in. If you have encountered problems in dealings with a Solicitor when buying or selling a property then please take a look at our dedicated page for more information.

Poor Service

There are many other ways in which a Solicitor can potentially act in a negligent fashion. If the general poor service of a Solicitor has caused you to suffer avoidable financial losses, then you may have grounds for a no win, no fee claim. Please contact us to discuss your concerns and to see if we can help you.

If you feel that a Solicitor has caused you loss by;

  • Missing a deadline which has affected the outcome of a claim or other legal action
  • Providing incorrect or inappropriate legal advice
  • Failing to act in accordance with your instructions
  • Failing to adequately investigate a matter or prepare a case

Or acted negligently in any other way, then we may be able to assist you in bringing a No Win No Fee claim for compensation.

FAQs

What types of Solicitor negligence do you consider?

We specialise in professional negligence actions and can consider any situation where you have suffered a loss and feel the standard of service you have received from your Solicitor has fallen below reasonably expected standards.

All Solicitors owe a professional duty of care to the clients they act for and if mistakes or errors have been made, you may have grounds for bringing a no win, no fee claim for compensation.

Can I still claim if the Solicitor who acted for me has retired or changed jobs?

Yes. Many Solicitors work as employees of a legal firm or company. As such, in most situations they will bear responsibility for any mistakes or errors made by an individual Solicitor for work done on behalf of a client.

It does not usually therefore make a difference if the individual Solicitor who acted for you has either retired or moved to new employment.

Solicitors are typically required to have indemnity insurance to cover the cost of professional negligence claims.

 How much am I entitled to?

If you can successfully show that you have suffered loss due to the negligent advice or actions of a Solicitor, you can look to recover compensation that fully covers the level of your losses.

The amount awarded should put you in the position that you would have been in had no wrong been done. Neglect Assist can investigate and advise upon the level of loss suffered and may be able to represent you in a No Win No Fee claim.

What do we charge?

We offer an absolute and guaranteed No Win, No Fee agreement, it’s that simple. If successful, we take a fee of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) * Of the award of compensation. If unsuccessful, our clients pay us nothing.

* We reserve the right to apply a deduction in more complex or higher risk cases of up to 30% plus VAT. Typical examples might be where there are multiple parties to claim against, where time limits for claiming may have passed or new areas of law are tested.

 What if my claim has already been rejected?

We will still look at this for you.

 Will I have to fill out loads of paperwork?

No, we will be able to do most of the necessary paperwork for you and we can obtain any relevant documents on your behalf. You will have to check the details of your claim before it is submitted, but we will assist you with this.

 What do I do now?

Please call 0800 152 2620

There is absolutely no obligation to proceed and if you tell us what’s happened, we will briefly explain if we think you have a claim and the procedure for filing a claim and the time limits that apply.

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