There are many instances in which a person may be wondering if they have grounds to pursue a negligence case against a legal professional. People may be worried about whether they have a valid case for negligence or just a complaint, they may be worried about the financial implications, or they may just not have any idea how to go about suing a Solicitor/Lawyer etc. If you are in this position it can be extremely stressful and you may feel you don’t know where to turn.
The good news is that contrary to what you might think, there are Solicitors that specialise in pursuing professional negligence cases against Lawyers. Here at Been Let Down we are leading specialists in this area with many years’ experience of successfully pursuing such cases and helping clients get the compensation for financial losses they have suffered.
Don’t be put off by the thought that Solicitors will not want to sue their fellow professionals. The fact is that in any profession, sometimes mistakes are bound to happen and for whatever reason a client will not receive the level of service they deserve and are entitled to.
When this happens we are here to help.
Do I have a case?
The first thing to consider is whether you have a valid case, and one that is worthwhile pursuing ie; does your case have a reasonable chance of success? This question is vital both for yourself the client, and for your legal representative. As with many specialists in this field, we at Been Let Down accept cases on what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement, or CFA. A CFA is essentially the same as what you might know as ‘No Win, No Fee.’ Basically if we agree to take on your case on the basis of a CFA, unless we win the case there will be no charges, subject to you providing instructions, not mis leading us and complying with our terms and conditions. In the event of a successful outcome we would charge a ‘Success Fee,’ which would be a mutually agreed percentage of final damages awarded. Our success fee is negotiable. We pride ourselves on making the best deal for our clients and we are very competitive in the market place. Due to our experience and specialist knowledge we are confident that we can beat the terms offered by other Solicitors and legal firms, and still provide the very best service and professionalism available anywhere.
The first stage would be to make contact. Unlike many other firms in this field once you’ve submitted an initial claim, either online through our website or by phone, you will be contacted promptly by one of our specialist Solicitors, meaning that from day one you will be dealing with a highly qualified legal professional. All initial consultations are free. It’s during these first consultations that we will determine the validity of your case and the likelihood of a successful outcome.
We realise it’s important to be sensitive to our client’s situations. You can contact us on a no obligation basis and we will hear the details of your case and give our professional opinion. Every case is different so we will be sensitive to your needs. We can even arrange home or work visits if your situation deems this to be necessary and you are more comfortable with that arrangement.
In assessing your case we will be looking to establish grounds for actual Negligence as oppose to grounds for simply a Complaint.
Negligence: Conduct that falls below the standards of behaviour established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm. A person has acted negligently if he or she has departed from the conduct expected of a reasonably prudent person acting under similar circumstances.
What this basically means is that if you believe your Solicitor or other legal representative has not given advice or acted in accordance with what would be reasonably expected from others in the same profession, and that in so doing you have suffered some kind of loss or harm (usually financial), then you may well have a case for negligence.
Been Let Down Solicitors will work with you from day one to establish if your case meets the above criteria. If we believe it does then we will offer to take on your case and will negotiate the terms of the CFA. At this stage we will also discuss with you other financial issues if your case warrants such. For instance in certain cases there may still be an obligation for the claimant to pay the defendant’s legal fees in the event of an unsuccessful claim. If this applies in your case we will be sure to advise you of this and offer you options to mitigate any such potential liability (in fact failure to advise a client of this can be grounds for a negligence case in the first place). We would most likely offer an After The Event, or ATE insurance policy. ATE ensures you’re covered in such an eventuality and as with the CFA we can offer extremely competitive ATE options.
Peace of Mind
With Been Let Down you can be sure of receiving the very best representation and a friendly professional service. Our highly experienced specialist Solicitors are accredited to the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and of course the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (the governing body that regulates the legal profession in England and Wales). As such you can be sure of a service that meets the very highest standards (ensuring such standards is our business after all).
We believe that we offer a vital service! …Vital not just to the client in insuring that you get the outcome you deserve, but also a vital service in maintaining the highest of standards all across the legal profession. Such a stance can only serve in the long run to benefit the legal profession and the public that we serve as a whole.
So if you believe you have a case to be heard, get in touch now and we will be happy hear the details with no obligation and advise you accordingly.