Professional Negligence

Professional negligence is an area of the law where a Client may suffer a loss resulting from the advice or actions or failure to act on the part of a negligent professional advisor.

In this situation you may have a claim for compensation for any losses suffered as a result of the negligent advice given. The law aims as far as possible to provide a remedy that will put you back in the same financial position that you would have been in had the professional advisor acted with the reasonable skill and diligence expected from someone in his/her profession.

However, this is a complex area of law and specialist advice in assessing and pursuing your claim is necessary as such claims can be complicated and there are certain criteria that you must first establish before being able to pursue such a claim and protocol that must be followed.

In certain circumstances you may still have a claim against a professional advisor if you are a third party and relied upon their advice where it was reasonably foreseeable that you would do so.

When faced with a professional negligence claim professionals usually refer the matter to their insurers. We have experience in dealing with insurance companies and negotiating settlements in favour of our Clients.

If you have been let down by a professional advisor and believe that he/she has been negligent then contact Quinn & Co on 01392 248858 and we will assess your claim and advise you on the way forward.

We have experience in dealing with professional negligence claims against surveyors, architects, solicitors, accountants, insurers, financial advisers and tax consultants.

Recent Professional Negligence work:
• Acted against solicitors for failing to issue a claim within the time limits set down by the Limitation Act 1980;
• Acted against a firm of surveyors who issued a certificate of practical completion when there were major items of work still outstanding and the client was dissatisfied with the standard and quality of work carried out by the contractors;
• Acted against a firm of solicitors who failed to advise the Client that part of the land they believed was included in the sale to them was not owned by the Seller;
• Acted against surveyors (instructed by estate agents on behalf of the client) for failing to identify structural defects in a property where surveyors argued that there was no contractual relationship between the client and the surveyor;
• Acted for a client (who was a third party) against a firm of solicitors acting for the Sellers in a commercial transaction who failed to lodge at the Land Registry his Form TP1 transfers for various plots of land purchased having said that they would do so.