Bad advice can have a long-lasting effect on your life, no matter if it was legal or financial in nature. In these situations, it is important to feel that you can make professional negligence claims, or even solicitor negligence claims, without feeling out of your depth.

The advice of a professional negligence solicitor can be invaluable in the process of making professional negligence claims, especially if you are unsure about any aspect of your claim.

Is your professional negligence claim valid?

The validity of professional negligence claims is the first, and perhaps the most important, step. This is because, for a claim to be valid and move the process forward, you must be able to demonstrate a loss as a result of the professional’s advice. Though the advice may have been bad and caused considerable distress or inconvenience, if there was no loss then you have no claim.

Three elements must be provable for your claim to be valid:

  • that the professional had a duty of care towards you
  • that they breached this care
  • that in doing so you suffered a loss.

Making a professional negligence claim

An important thing to remember when making any professional negligence claims or solicitor negligence claims is the fact that you must do so within a reasonable timeframe. Otherwise, the professional in question may have a strong case that the claim has been made out of time. This is typically six years from the date of the negligence.

In cases where negligence is only revealed at a later date, then you have three years to make a claim. This timeframe is from the date that the knowledge of negligence was discovered.

Before making professional negligence claims, you must follow the Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol. In this, it is encouraged that there is an early exchange of information between the claimant and the professional. This is to encourage a settlement of your dispute outside of a court of law – court proceedings should be a last resort, due to failing to meet a satisfactory agreement.

Several steps must be taken for the Protocol to be valid:

  • Preliminary notice – The claimant must send a notice, advising that they intend to make a claim against the defendant. A financial value, if known, should be included at this stage.
  • Letter of acknowledgement – A defendant has a 21-day period in which to acknowledge the preliminary notice, but no further action is needed from them at this stage.
  • Letter of claim – Following an investigation and gathering of evidence, the claimant is then required to send a letter that sets out the claim in terms of background, legal argument, evidence to support the issues and reports from expert witnesses. The letter also needs to show how any financial loss will be calculated or the sum of financial loss suffered following the incident of professional negligence.
  • Letter of response – Three months are given for the defendant to respond. In this letter, all points must be addressed and whether they accept full, partial or no liability must be clearly stated. If there is evidence to dispute the claim, it must be put forward in this letter. Any settlement offered should also be detailed here.

Court Proceedings

If the Professional Negligence Pre-Action Protocol does not result in a satisfactory resolution, then the case will be escalated to a court setting. This follows a claim of no liability from the defendant and no offering of settlement as a result of the professional negligence claim.

The court has the power to put a case on hold if they feel that Pre-Action Protocol was not followed appropriately, so it’s important to ensure it is followed diligently in all professional negligence claims. Once this has been established then the court will make a decision, either to award you a fair settlement for your claim or dismiss the claim altogether.

Professional Negligence Claims with Gorvins

We know that you may have lots of questions, and we have the answers. How much does it cost? Do I have a valid case? How long will it take? What are my chances of success? During our initial consultation, we will discuss your specific situation and provide you with clear and transparent information about our fees, the strength of your case, the estimated timeline, and your chances of success. 

We’ll take the time to listen to your concerns and answer any questions you may have, so you can feel confident and empowered throughout the legal process.

If you are considering pursuing a case of professional negligence, then our expert dispute resolution solicitors in Manchester can offer you the legal advice that you need to pursue your claim and obtain compensation. Simply call our expert team on 0161 930 5151 or e-mail or fill out our contact form, for a confidential consultation regarding your situation at a time that suits you.


What is an example of professional negligence?

Professional negligence can apply to several different industries. These include financial planners, accountants, surveyors, lawyers, mortgage advisors, insurance brokers, business consultants and more.

A claim of professional negligence might be levelled against a party in these industries when any of the following occurs:

  • Poor business strategy recommendations
  • Improper tax advice
  • A faulty survey of a house that fails to uncover structural issues
  • Breaches of confidentiality
  • Improper insurance advice
  • Negligent investment advice
  • And more

If you’re unsure whether your claim falls under professional negligence, contact Gorvins to obtain guidance from one of our expert solicitors.

What must you prove to have a case for professional negligence?

To make a legitimate professional negligence claim, you’ll need to prove the following:

  • The professional in question had a duty of care towards you
  • That they breached the duty of care
  • That you suffered losses as a result of this breach.

You can’t claim for stress or inconvenience. There must be a material loss caused to you by the negligent actions.

What is the burden of proof in a negligence claim?

If you’re the claimant, you must prove on the balance of probabilities that the defendant has both been negligent and that their negligence led to losses or injury.

Proof on the balance of all probabilities simply means proving that it’s more likely than not. If say you were given a housing survey that led to you buying a structurally damaged house, you could present evidence that made it likely on the balance of probabilities that your surveyor was negligent in their statutory duties.

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