Suing a solicitor for professional negligence
When you hire the services of a solicitor, just like any professional, you have a right to expect the level of service they promised – at the very least.
However, if the relationship breaks down and they fail to perform their essential duties – such as working in your best interests or giving you the correct advice – then you have the right to make a compensation claim against your solicitors.
Where to start when suing a solicitor for negligence
Unlike many other claims for compensation, individuals suing a solicitor are not required to prove that they suffered a physical injury as a result of negligence; just that they suffered financial losses.
At Annecto Legal we are approached by clients who feel that their lawyers have settled a claim for too little, mishandled a property dispute or transaction, given the wrong legal advice that has adversely affected them, or experienced poor service in relation to wills, trusts and estates.
We assist these clients in finding the right legal representation – a true specialist that understands the niche area of law that was mishandled and also the complex nature of pursuing a professional negligence action against another lawyer.
With the right representation it is then possible to put in place the appropriate litigation funding and insurance to take the case all the way to court, if necessary. Of course, the preference is always to find a suitable settlement in a reasonable timeframe, but the best way to achieve this is to negotiate from a position of strength. Having the best lawyers and being fully funded gives you that strength and forces your opponent to the negotiating table.
Annecto Legal does not charge clients up-front for this service (we are paid when claims are successfully concluded) but we do look for claims with a minimum value of £50,000. This is because funding and insuring claims of a lower value is very hard to do properly, and we want to ensure a great service (and outcome) for our clients.
If you are in the process of suing a solicitor or believe your solicitors have been negligent and want to find out whether you’ve got a claim, then contact Annecto Legal now. We can help find you the right representation as well as managing your financial risks and sourcing funding for your legal fees.