When it comes to the possibility of pursuing a claim for professional negligence against a Solicitor, many people may view it as a lost cause. After all, they’re a legal professional, so surely they would have followed the legal expectations on them, or at the very least be able to defend their conduct against any charge?
In reality, it is quite possible that even a legal professional such as a Solicitor could be found to have been negligent, so if you believe you have suffered from professional negligence then it is important to find a trusted negligence Solicitor to help advise on your claim. We recognise that this could well be a confusing process, particularly if your previous Solicitor has dealt with you negligently, so here at Been Let Down we’re happy for you to expect the most honest and transparent level of care in the industry. This is exactly what we offer.
Recognising Solicitor Negligence
During the process of selecting a Solicitor, you should rightly expect your chosen legal professional to be a legal expert who you can trust to protect your legal interests at all times. Whenever you entrust your legal care to a legal firm who advertise their Solicitors as having the necessary qualifications, expertise and experience, you’ll be expecting a service that adheres to all the legal standards of the industry.
Sadly, there are occasions when a Solicitor fails in their duty of care as a legal professional, with the advice and/or representation they provide falling short of the necessary standards of the legal profession. Just like with any area of professional negligence, this failure can bring finances losses, emotional distress and/or lost opportunity, but with a legal professional, you could also have found yourself in additional legal trouble.
If you believe that you may have suffered solicitor negligence, the best course of action could well be to explore a claim for Solicitor negligence. Here at Been Let Down, our team of professional negligence Solicitors offer a track record of expert legal representation to individuals and families who have suffered financial (and other) losses due to Solicitor negligence actions including the following:
- Failing to comply with an Order of the Court
- Not properly investigating evidence
- Making a procedural error
- Missing an important deadline
Who is Liable for Solicitor Negligence?
In any form of legal representation, a Solicitor owes their client a clear duty of care, namely to act in the client’s best interests in the way the Solicitor carries out legal duties on the client’s behalf. If that duty of care is not met because the Solicitor gives incorrect advice or fails to complete an action which any competent Solicitor would have, then you could have clear grounds for a negligence claim if it can be shown you’ve lost something of value.
Some of the areas of legal practice where a legal professional can face a negligence claim include:
- Business Solicitors
- Employment Solicitors
- Family Law Solicitors
- Medical Negligence Solicitors
- Property Solicitors
- Wills & Probate Solicitors
No Win, No Fee
For anyone considering a legal claim, the issue of legal costs will obviously be a primary concern, even more so if you have already suffered financial losses due to the negligent conduct of a Solicitor. We understand that you will be even more wary of paying out money to legal professionals due to your recent negative experience.
The good news is that here at Been Let Down, we’re able to offer our clients a real peace of mind when it comes to approaching their legal costs. This is because when we take on a Solicitor negligence claim, we are usually able to provide our legal representation on a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), more commonly known as a “No Win No Fee” option. This would mean that the only legal fee you would pay would be in the form of a pre-agreed percentage of any compensation won, requiring your full consent and agreement before we proceed in any way.
After you first contact us, we would begin with an initial consultation, which is free, without obligation and will be attended by at least one of our expert Solicitors. This meeting would allow us to sit down with you, get to know your situation and take a look over the key details of your case to assess whether the conduct of the Solicitor in question could be considered negligent. Equally importantly, we’ll assess the likelihood it can be proved in court.
It’s vital to answer all questions honestly in any discussion we have; we’ll promise that to you and we’ll need the same back for your claim to have any chance of proceeding successfully. We’ll help to assess any existing documentation and/or other evidence you have access to, as well as any time limits which may apply to your claim. The general rule is six years from the date of the negligence, or three years from when you discovered it. Should the evidence and time constraints all be in line, chances are we will look to take on your negligence claim.
For anyone who wants to know more about professional negligence claims against solicitors and believes they may have a legitimate claim, please get in touch with Been Let Down today by phone, by requesting a callback, or by filling out the online claims form on our website. One of our expert team will be happy to discuss your claim.