Solicitors & Barristers Negligence

Whenever you enter into a contract with any professional, whether it is verbal or written, you expect services that are, at the very least, of a reasonable standard. When bad advice is given and you suffer financial loss as a result, you need someone you can turn to for guidance on how best to resolve the issue.

Negligence Claims Against Solicitors & Barristers

If a solicitor or barrister fails to provide competent legal advice or fails to make adequate representation in court proceedings, and you suffer loss as a result, then you may be able to claim against that professional for damages.

If you have received bad advice or poor litigation services from your solicitor or barrister and your case is ongoing, we can often take over the case with a view to minimising the effects of the negligent service you have received so far.

If it is already too late and you are looking to claim compensation for the negligent service you have received, our team of professional negligence solicitors has vast experience acting in this kind of situation and can help you build the strongest case. Call us today on 0333 920 1466 for more information.

What type of claim can we help you with?

We regularly act for clients in the following types of claim:

  • Conveyancing and Property Solicitor Negligence: for instance, where the lawyer fails to investigate the legal ownership, rights of way, planning restrictions or other matters affecting a residential or commercial property transaction.
  • Personal Injury Negligence: for instance, where the solicitor or barrister advises to settle a claim for less than it is actually worth, misses a court deadline or fails to obtain sufficient or proper evidence to support the claim.
  • Litigation Negligence: for instance, where a solicitor or barrister acting for you in court proceedings fails to meet a court deadline which results in your case being struck out or otherwise severely prejudiced.
  • ATE Insurance Negligence: for instance, where a solicitor fails to advise you to take out ATE insurance. 
  • Commercial Transaction Negligence: for instance, where the solicitor or barrister fails to see a clause in a contract or lease which adversely affects the client, or gives bad advice on a document or issue which causes the client to suffer some loss.
  • Pensions Settlement in Divorce Negligence: for instance, where the family solicitor does not value the pension pot correctly. This could be negligent and may lead to financial loss.
  • Wills and Probate Negligence: for instance, where a solicitor fails to prepare a Will in accordance with the testator's instructions, causing loss.

Solicitor and barrister negligence claims can often be complex. In order to be successful you must be able to demonstrate that another competent solicitor or barrister would not have provided such advice or acted in the same way.

Having a focused team of solicitors who work on professional negligence matters allows us to provide highly effective legal advice and fully protect our clients' best interests. In some situations, we may even be able to take over an existing case in order to prevent future losses.


There are time limits to bring a professional negligence claim. You have 6 years from the act of negligence or 3 years from the date of knowledge to start court proceedings for a claim for professional negligence. The test for ascertaining the date of knowledge is when a reasonable person ought to have realised that there was a risk that negligence had occurred. There is a long stop date of 15 years from the act of negligence after which a claim may not be brought regardless of the date of knowledge. If you do not bring your claim in time, then your claim will usually be lost forever.

Funding your claim

We offer a number of options to fund professional negligence claims including Conditional Fee Agreements and fixed fees.

Contact our professional negligence solicitors

To arrange a free initial consultation with one of the members of our professional negligence team, contact us online or by phone on 0333 920 1466.

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