How do I successfully bring a professional negligence claim?
Bringing a professional negligence claim can seem daunting. You will have already suffered loss having placed your faith in a professional and there are many reasons for not wanting to bring a claim. For example, you may have a long standing relationship with the advisor, you want to prioritise limiting the damage from the negligent advice or you may believe pursuing a claim would be “throwing good money after bad”.
It is important, however, to seek advice at the outset. Not all circumstances where negligent advice has been given will give rise to a valid claim and advice will allow you to understand whether you have a professional negligence claim that it is in your interests to pursue.
Importantly, there are time limits that apply to negligence claims and, where you believe the advice you have received has caused you loss, you should seek the advice of a specialist professional negligence solicitor at the outset so that you can consider these and if there are steps you must take to protect your position.
How much does it cost to bring a professional negligence claim?
People worry about the cost of taking a professional negligence claim to court. However, depending on the facts of each case, the cost of undertaking initial investigations is much more modest. It will only be if the claim has sufficient merit that further costs will normally be incurred.
Furthermore, most professional negligence claims do not reach trial. Instead, most negligence disputes that have merit are settled by agreement or following mediation before court proceedings are commenced.
In many cases, we undertake initial investigations under fixed fees or using “no win, no fee” agreements.
A “no win, no fee” agreement means that you will only pay our fees if we win your claim. This can often be combined with an insurance policy that will pay your opponent’s legal costs in the event that you do not win you claim.
The purpose of these funding options is to allow you to pursue your negligence claim knowing that, if the claim fails, you will be protected.
How can we help you with your professional negligence claim?
Our specialist Professional Negligence lawyers aim to resolve claims as quickly as possible. We are one of the largest and most experienced teams of professional negligence solicitors in the country and we have successfully dealt with all manner of professional negligence claims.
Our professional negligence solicitors belong to the Association of Professional Negligence Lawyers and our team is recognized in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, the leading guides to the legal profession. You will therefore be looked after by an expert, who will guide you through the process step by step.
We understand that, for many of our clients, pursuing a professional negligence claim, will be their first experience of instructing a solicitor. You can rest assured we will handle your dispute with care and sensitivity.
We listen to your instructions carefully and seek to arrange payment terms that suit your circumstances.
Our lawyers are based in Tunbridge Wells , Kent, and London. Whilst many of our clients are from the South East (including Kent, Sussex, Surrey and London), we act for clients based throughout England and Wales and from abroad. We are always willing to meet with our clients at any of our offices or at home or their place of work. We also meet with clients via online communication channels, such as Skype or video conferencing. Wherever our clients are based, we ensure we communicate with them in a way that suits their needs.
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