Most people will require the services of a solicitor at some point in their lives. Maybe you need to draft a will? Maybe you require solicitors’ services for family or business matters? You might need help with a contract, or maybe you need to file a personal injury claim? There are lots of reasons why you might need to use a solicitor.
Whatever the need you have, you would always hope that the solicitors act in a professional and knowledgeable manner. After all, solicitors are regulated and are required to act in accordance with the regulations at all time. And besides that, a solicitor has a duty of care to their clients. Solicitors are required to act in a certain way, and the majority of the time they meet very high standards of professionalism.
But what if your solicitor has not acted in this way? There are times, where for whatever reason, the advice or services provided by a solicitor have not been satisfactory. Solicitor negligence can have devastating effects. As a result, the client may suffer loss or damage due to the errors made or incorrect advice give. But what should you do when these mistakes have already occurred?
When you’ve lost your time, lost out financially, or even emotionally, what should you do next? If you think you’ve been treated in a way that wasn’t professional, the next step is to consider making a solicitor negligence claim.
Can I make a claim?
Here are some examples of circumstances where you may be able to file a solicitor negligence claim:
- Your solicitor has missed limitation dates (limitation dates are the time limits imposed where legal proceedings should be commenced by)
- While drafting a will, the solicitor has made mistakes causing loss to the client
- Poor advice was given regarding ownership or title of a property
- The solicitor has not given proper advice regarding a commercial lease
- The correct advice was not given regarding building regulations, planning permission or other matters relating to property
- A personal injury claim was not settled properly, resulting in loss to the client
- The solicitor has not secured witnesses needed to support a claim you’ve made – either civil or criminal, when they could have done
- You feel that the solicitor has not behaved in a professional manner, and you have ended up having to pay the cost or court fees. As a result of not paying fees, you may have even ended up with a CCJ or bailiffs becoming involved in the matter.
- Your solicitor has sued the wrong party (this is more common than you might think)
These are some of the commonly made errors by solicitors which lead to solicitor negligence claims. Obviously, there are more situations where you may feel it’s appropriate to make a claim. Due to the nature of the business, when you feel you have not received an adequate level of service from your solicitor, it can be very damaging and emotionally distressing. If for any reason you feel that you have not been treated in a fair or professional manner, or that mistakes were made due to negligence, we would highly recommend you seek legal advice, as you could possibly make a claim for solicitor negligence.