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Professional Negligence

Professionals such as accountants, financial advisors, architects, surveyors and solicitors have a duty to practice their specialism with reasonable skill and care. Where a professional has fallen short in this duty, this can found a claim for professional negligence.

When an allegation of professional negligence has been made, unpicking exactly what went wrong and how the law applies in the particular circumstances isn’t always straightforward. These cases are often won or lost either on the minutiae contained within documentary evidence, or the analysis of court appointed experts.

At Saunders Law, our Commercial Litigation team acts for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims. We have vast experience of the law and procedure relevant to these often complex cases and can assist with matters including:

  • Assessing whether professionals have been negligent
  • Making professional negligence claims
  • Defending professional negligence claims
  • Seeking out of court settlements for professional negligence
  • Pursuing & defending professional negligence claims in court

Our clients rely on our sensible and pragmatic advice to find effective resolutions, as well as for using our vigorous advocacy skills. Whether bringing or defending against a professional negligence claim, we offer a swift assessment of the issues you are facing and will also be transparent about the costs involved and the funding options available.

Our commercial litigation solicitors attract enquiries from all over the world due to our reputation, but we can only act for you or your organisation if we both agree we are the fit for you.

Operating from offices facing the High Court in central London, we are ideally located to guide and defend clients in London and across England and Wales in relation to professional negligence claims.

Find out more about the firm, its teams and its typical work by taking a look at our clients.

Speak to our professional negligence solicitors in London

For expert assistance with making or defending a professional negligence claim, contact Saunders Law today for a free, no obligation initial discussion of how we may be able to help.

Call us on 02076324300 or make an enquiry online.

Why Saunders Law is the smart choice for professional negligence claims

More than 40 years’ experience

At Saunders Law, our partner-led team of dedicated commercial litigation solicitors have over 40 years of knowledge and experience. This makes us perfectly equipped to offer clear, sensible and effective assistance with making and defending professional negligence claims.

Independently recognised expertise

Our team has been independently recognised for our market-leading litigation expertise with strong rankings in highly respected client guides the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Commercially minded approach to match our clients’ priorities

We plan our approach around our clients’ circumstances and priorities. With strong skills in negotiating out-of-court settlements and exceptional experience with court litigation, our team is always guided by our clients’ commercial considerations.

Exceptional personal service & client satisfaction

We pride ourselves on providing an exceptional service. Our clients will always receive a call back the same day following an enquiry and can always speak to one of our partners when required. As a result, we consistently achieve excellent feedback from clients.

Examples of our successful handling of professional negligence claims

Our successful professional negligence claims work includes:

  • Advising a local branch of a national charity in relation to a defectively built swimming pool enclosure
  • Advising a large property ownership and development company in relation to a dilapidations claim negligently settled by surveyors
  • Advising a large commercial organisation in relation to negligently given accounting advice

How our team can assist with professional negligence claims

Bringing a Professional Negligence Claim

If a professional owed you a duty of care but breached that duty and caused you to suffer loss, the law entitles you to a remedy. Establishing these and other elements is vital if a professional negligence claim is to succeed, requiring a detailed and thorough investigation into all the aspects of the case.

The claim must also meet strict procedural requirements, including adhering to strict time limits, procedures and protocols. We can assist with all these matters and guide you through the entire professional negligence claims process, ensuring you get the remedy you are entitled to.

Defending Against a Professional Negligence Claim

If you are accused of breaching professional standards in respect of a service you have provided, it’ll be necessary to robustly defend against unfounded claims in order to protect your reputation and professional standing.

We regularly help professionals challenge professional negligence claims, helping them to test the cogency of allegations made against them and demonstrate that they met the necessary standard of care.

We also use our expert negotiating skills to assist professionals explore the possibility of settlement and can also help if professional disciplinary proceedings are running concurrently.

Our approach to professional negligence claims

Evaluating the merits of a professional negligence claim

Our professional negligence solicitors have the specialist expertise to quickly identify whether professional negligence is likely to have occurred for both potential claimants and professionals who find themselves accused of negligence.

By establishing whether a claim or potential claim has merit at an early stage, it can allow the parties to take a pragmatic approach based on a realistic understanding of whether a claim is likely to succeed, the costs involved and the potential financial implications of success or failure.

Out of court settlements for professional negligence

It is often in both parties’ interests to reach a voluntary settlement for a professional negligence claim. Our team can assist with setting out the facts of the matter in a firm ‘letter before action’, which should also set out what resolution the claimant is looking to achieve.

Where there is the need for negotiation, we can provide advice and representation for round the table discussions, commercial mediation and arbitration, all of which can be much faster, less costly and less acrimonious than taking matters to court. This can also keep the matter private, helping to protect reputations.

Find out more about our Alternative Dispute Resolution services.

Court proceedings for professional negligence

Where an out of court settlement cannot be agreed, our litigation solicitors will tirelessly fight for our clients through every stage of court proceedings. Court litigation is an area in which our team excels, with our solicitors having exceptional advocacy skills and an excellent track record of success in proceedings all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Arrange an initial, no obligation consultation with our professional negligence solicitors in London

For a free, no-obligation, initial discussion of how we may be able to help, please contact us.

Call us on 0207 632 4300 or make an enquiry online.

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