Professional negligence claims

Professional negligence occurs when a solicitor, a surveyor, an architect or another professional who provides advice and guidance to their clients, fails to give the correct information. To protect themselves from this, many professionals carry some form of insurance.

If you believe that you have been let down by a professional, and suffered some quantifiable loss, then you’re going to need our team of professional negligence lawyers by your side.

Making a claim against a professional who has either provided you with wrong information or has acted in a way that has breached their duty of care to you, such as failing to meet a vital deadline, can be a legal nightmare.

Our professional negligence team offer fixed price advice, with 30 minute appointments available for £150. Contact us to arrange an appointment on 0203 816 9314.

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Making a service complaint

If you have a service complaint, rather than a professional negligence claim, then each of the professions listed below have a dedicated ombudsman or regulator, who can deal with your complaint and more information can be found on their websites:

Areas of specialism

  • Solicitor & legal adviser negligence  
  • Architect negligence  
  • Accountant negligence 
  • Surveyor negligence 
  • Financial adviser & insurance broker negligence 
  • Veterinary surgeon negligence

For further details on how our professional negligence team can help please feel free to read these brief professional negligence claim case studies.

  • Negligence Claims Against Solicitors & Legal Advisers

    Stephensons' Partner and dispute resolution specialist Liam Waine provides an overview on professional negligence including, how it can occur and what can be done about it.

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  • Professional Negligence Claims

    Stephensons' Partner Liam Waine talks about professional negligence, including why negligence can occur and how to pursue a claim for compensation. 

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Professional negligence claim FAQs

How do I know if I can claim for professional negligence?

If you have been let down by a professional and suffered some quantifiable loss then you may have a claim; you’re going to need our team of professional negligence lawyers by your side to help ensure the best outcome.

Firstly, you will need to establish that the professional in question owed you a duty of care in carrying out your instructions. It is important in a successful claim for professional negligence to prove that the professional breached their duty of care and that this has caused your loss.

How much is my professional negligence claim worth?

This depends on each individual case. Often you will need expert evidence to determine the loss. Our specialists can assist you in establishing whether you have a worthwhile claim for professional negligence.

How much will a professional negligence claim cost?

This depends on each individual professional negligence case. It maybe that after an initial assessment your case could be looked at under a 'no win, no fee' arrangement.

You could also have legal expenses insurance in place, which may cover the legal costs of making a claim. This is often added to your home insurance policy and referred to as family legal protection. Alternatively you may be a member of a union which provides funding or legal assistance.

How long do I have to make a professional negligence claim?

Usually, it will be necessary to issue court proceedings within six years of you suffering the loss. If you do not do this, there is a risk you will not be able to make a claim for professional negligence.

If you think you may have a claim for professional negligence we would suggest your contact us so we can advise you further. Speak to our legal experts on 0203 816 9314 or complete our online enquiry from and a member of the team will contact you directly. 

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