It is compulsory for all solicitors to be insured against professional negligence claims. The minimum sum insured per claim is £2m. Most claims are for a great deal less. Therefore, a claimant can derive some comfort from the fact that if his claim is successful he will receive compensation. It is also worth noting that, at one time or another, claims (good and bad) will have been made against the majority of solicitors.
Because of the nature of our practice the professional negligence claims against solicitors we deal with tend to be property-related. Many of them arise from conveyancing negligence relating to sale and purchase agreements, lease extensions, and landlord and tenant matters. They are often caused by failure to meet deadlines. Not all claims arise from transactions. Some of them arise from solicitors who have been negligent in conducting litigation.
We are experienced in handing complex and/or multi-party cases involving solicitors negligence.
As with all claims it is best to obtain advice as early as possible. We can advise on the merits of a claim, mitigation, procedures and funding, and we can help in presenting the case and dealing with the solicitors’ insurers.
These sorts of claims, like claims against other professionals, may be suitable cases for conditional fee agreements.