Solicitor Negligence Claims
What is solicitor negligence?
In its most basic form, the term solicitor negligence refers to an instance where a solicitor has failed to perform to the professional standards that are expected and required of them, which results in their client suffering a loss of further damages.
Why make a claim for solicitor negligence?
Like many others, solicitors have a duty of care to their clients, which means they must provide the highest standards of administration and have complete clarity in their communication. Many solicitors, such as those working in personal injury or medical negligence, are handling sensitive cases where their client may be depending on them for a positive outcome.
If you think that your solicitor has not done their job properly, and that you have suffered as a result, then you could be well within your rights to make a claim, which we will be happy to advise upon.
Making a claim for solicitor negligence will usually involve obtaining your file of papers from the previous solicitor, and carrying out a thorough forensic examination of the file and the evidence in there. Once this has been carried out, we will be able to consider and advise whether there has been a shortfall in their service.
Common mistakes made by solicitors
- Giving incorrect or false advice
- Failing to provide advice
- Not following your instructions
- Missing court deadlines
- Missing a limitation date
- Failing to keep your details confidential
- Failing to explain legal terms properly – resulting in you being unable to properly follow instructions
- Advising you to accept a settlement below what you are entitled to
- Making an error when buying or selling a property
Is there a time limit on solicitor negligence claims?
As with other types of claims, time limits are also placed on all kinds of professional negligence claims. This is known as a limitation period, and it is important to act within this time limit.
For solicitor negligence claims this time limit can vary depending on the type, however, generally speaking there is a six year time limit to make a claim.