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What is Professional Negligence?

The definition of professional negligence is "a subset of the general rules on negligence to cover the situation in which the defendant has represented him or herself as having more than average skills and abilities."

Essentially, professional negligence occurs when the professional performs below their expected standards, resulting in damage or loss to the client. This professional owns a duty of care to their client to perform their job with reasonable care and skill.

Examples of professional negligence include:

  • Incorrect advice before a property purchase
  • Undervalued assets
  • Under-settlement of a claim
  • Missed limitation dates or court deadline for a claim
  • Failure to comply with a court order
  • Unsuitable investment advice
  • Missed court deadline
  • Missed defects in a pre-purchase survey

Professional negligence expertise

Cases of professional negligence extend to all professionals, however, they tend to be more prominent in industries with higher risk, standards of practice and loss to the client.

These are the areas of professional negligence we specialise in, which include:

Can I make a claim?

When you deal with a professional, you are entitled to expect a reasonable standard of work quality. Mistakes can and do happen, and not all mistakes are negligent. However, if you feel that you have received particularly bad advice or service, leading to a financial loss, you may be able to make a professional negligence claim.

There are three key questions to ask, in order to determine whether you have a professional negligence claim.

  1. Can you prove that the advice or service you received was a breach of the professional's duty of care?
  2. Can you prove that if you had received proper advice or service, there would have been a different outcome?
  3. Have you sustained a financial loss?

Increased negligence claims

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of negligence claims in recent years, particularly in relation to accountants, surveyors, financial advisors and solicitors.

This can be attributed to a greater reliance on the advice and actions of professionals in highly complex work, as well as a broader awareness of the public's legal rights.

Flexible funding options

We appreciate the financial stress that can arise from making a professional negligence claim, which is why we offer flexible funding options such as no win no fee, deferred fees and no win low fee.

Depending on the nature of your claim and how successful we deem this to be, we will be able to offer you a suitable funding option that will suit you and ease the financial burden of pursuing a claim. 

More information on options can be found on our funding options page, or we invite you to request a free no obligation consultation from Specters to clarify your options.


Expert Professional negligence Solicitors

We have a specialist team of qualified professional negligence solicitors and legal experts who are ready to work on your behalf to remedy the wrong that you have suffered. Learn more about our expertise and how we can assist you by watching the video below.

Specters Consultant Nigel Plant answers some common questions around Professional Negligence.

Specters' Managing Director Ken Specter discusses Professional Negligence and how Specters can assist you.

We offer a professional and efficient service with competitive rates.

If you believe you have been let down by a professional in the last six years or have recently become aware of potential professional negligence, then please call us on our no-cost line for a free initial legal consultation on 0300 303 3629 today or complete our contact form.

We are a national law firm with over 25 years of experience. We help clients who have incurred financial losses as a result of professional negligence. Read our latest articles about professional negligence here.

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