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Solicitor Negligence

Professional Negligence Claims against Solicitors

Been let down by a Solicitor?

In recent times, claims against legal professionals have been on the increase.  Legal professionals are highly trained, rigorously regulated, and by the very nature of their work, a high degree of trust is placed upon them by their clients.  On rare occasions things do go wrong, and when they do, those individuals have a right to seek damages.  By instructing a specialist Professional Negligence Solicitor, this process will be undertaken correctly, and yield the best chance of success.

Lawyers, Solicitors, and Barristers have a duty of care to their clients. This duty of care means that they must at all times strive to provide a professional level of service and to always act in the best interests of their clients and the courts. However, there will always be instances in which the required level of service, care, or professionalism was not delivered.

In the UK, the legal profession is regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA). It is the task of the SRA to maintain standards in the profession, and to this aim, they set out a Solicitor’s Code of Conduct (available from the SRA website).  This provides useful guidance on whether you may have a genuine case for negligence, or it is a complaint.

Some examples of legal negligence

  • Missing Limitation Dates — The period of time after the negligence has occurred in which a claim must be commenced. Usually within six years in a case of legal negligence
  • Providing incorrect legal advice
  • Failing to comply with a court order or deadline
  • Failure to investigate fundamental evidence
  • Information which is fundamental has been withheld resulting in a loss of chance
  • Conveyancing professional negligence
  • Failure to conduct a proper investigation during a divorce case leading to an unfair settlement

This list, of course, is not exhaustive, but it should give you a starting point.  For a more in-depth and free assessment of your circumstances, contact Been Let Down.

We are specialists in negligence claims

The good news is Been Let Down have Solicitors who specialise in legal negligence cases with a national reputation for their successful client work.

It is in the interests of the legal profession as a whole that matters of poor solicitor conduct are resolved, and clients are fully compensated.  This, in turn, helps maintain public confidence in legal procedures and upholds the ‘good name’ of the profession overall.

As such, there is no need to worry that there might be a reluctance to pursue your claim. Just use our short online form or call us and we’ll be happy to hear about your situation with no obligation on your part. A member of our specialist legal team will call you back promptly for an initial free consultation where we can begin to advise you on whether you have a case and what happens next.

If we do decide to take on your case, it will be on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis, so finance need not be an issue.

Simply put — if you think you may have a case, get in touch on a no-obligation basis, for expert advice and a sympathetic ear.

Many people would be reluctant to bring a claim for professional negligence against a Solicitor.  After all, they are legal professionals and surely they would have complied with their duty of care, or at the very least they can defend their conduct against any charge?

In reality, legal professionals such as a Solicitors are sometimes found to have been negligent.  If you believe you have incurred professional negligence at the hands of a solicitor, then it is important to find a trusted negligence Solicitor to help advise on your claim.  We recognise that this can be a confusing process, particularly if your previous Solicitor has dealt with you negligently.  At Been Let Down we will do our best to re-establish your trust in legal professionals and demonstrate this by providing the most honest and transparent legal guidance in the industry.

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. When you entrust your legal matter to a firm of Solicitors who market themselves as having the appropriate qualifications, training, and experience, you have every right to expect to receive a service that exceeds their duty of care as a legal professional.

Unfortunately, there are times when a solicitor falls below the expected standards of their profession, causing you unnecessary stress, finances losses, a lost opportunity, and potentially additional legal trouble.

If you believe that you may have suffered solicitor negligence, the best course of action may be to claim for Solicitor negligence.  Here at Been Let Down, our team of professional negligence Solicitors offer a strong 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
  • Failing to obtain appropriate expert evidence
  • Acting against your instructions causing you loss or loss of opportunity
  • Failing to instruct the right Barrister to represent you at court
  • Under-settling a claim or missing out important items or categories of damages/losses from your claim
  • Missing Limitation
  • Failing to advice you properly or at all

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.  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 compensation claim, the issue of legal costs will be a primary consideration; 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 more money to legal professionals due to your recent negative experience.

The good news is that here at Been Let Down, we are able to offer our clients financial peace of mind.  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 “No Win No Fee”.  Our costs are recovered back from the unsuccessful party and if your case is lost, then you don’t have to pay our fees.

Getting started

After you first contact us, we 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.  And of equal importance, we will assess the likelihood it can be proved in court.

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, the chances are we will look to take on your negligence claim.

Contacting us

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 on 0800 234 3234, by requesting a call-back, or by filling out the online claims form on our website.  One of our expert team will be happy to discuss your claim.

If you have considered you have grounds to pursue a negligence case against a legal professional, you may be wondering if you have a valid case or if it is just a complaint. You may also be concerned about the costs you might incur, and may not know who to turn to for guidance.

The good news is there are Solicitors who specialise in pursuing professional negligence cases against Lawyers. Here at Been Let Down we are leading experts in this area with many years’ experience of successfully securing compensation for the financial losses our clients have suffered.

Don’t be deterred by the thought that Solicitors will not seek to sue their fellow professionals. In any profession, mistakes happen, resulting in clients not receiving the level of service they deserve and expect.

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 with a reasonable chance of success. We at Been Let Down accept cases on what’s known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) basis, also known as ‘No Win, No Fee.’ If we agree to take on your case on the basis of a CFA, if the case is not successful, there will be no charges. In the event of a successful outcome, we charge a ‘Success Fee’, which will be a mutually agreed percentage of final damages awarded. Our success fee is negotiable. 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.

How do I make a claim?

The first stage is 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 a member of our specialist legal team. 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 are always highly sensitive to our client’s situations and needs. You can contact us on a no-obligation basis, and we will listen to the details of your case and give you our professional opinion. We can even arrange home or work visits if you are more comfortable with such an arrangement.

Assessing negligence 

In assessing your case, we will be looking to establish grounds for negligence as opposed to 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 means is 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 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 a CFA.

At this stage, we will also explain any other financial implications if warranted. 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 explain how you can 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 (ATE) insurance policy. ATE ensures you are 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 by the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA) – 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 ensuring that you get the outcome you deserve, but also in maintaining the highest of standards across the legal profession.

If you believe you have a case for compensation, get in touch now, and we will be happy to advise you accordingly, with no obligation whatsoever.

Legal professionals have a duty of care

The very thought of suing a legal professional can be a daunting prospect. But sometimes clients do not receive the quality of legal service they deserve, and taking legal action against them is entirely justified.

Lawyers, Solicitors, and Barristers have a duty of care to their clients. This duty of care means that they must at all times strive to provide a professional level of service and to always act in the best interests of their clients and the courts. However, there will always be instances in which the required level of service, care, or professionalism was not delivered.

In the UK, the legal profession is regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA). It is the task of the SRA to maintain standards in the profession, and to this aim, they set out a Solicitor’s Code of Conduct (available from the SRA website). This provides useful guidance on whether you may have a genuine case for negligence, or it is a complaint.

Contact us today

Get in touch now and find out how we can help with your case for compensation for Solicitor negligence.

Call us on 0800 234 3234 or 0151 321 1000. 

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