Professional negligence is a highly complex and difficult area and at Ashtons Legal we have a dedicated team of professional negligence lawyers who have gained outstanding results in pursuing claims against negligent professionals such as solicitors, surveyors, accountants, architects and financial advisers.

The solicitors in our team are members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (PNLA).

We promote alternative means of resolving professional negligence disputes to save costs, stress and inconvenience associated with protracted court proceedings: most claims are settled through negotiation or mediation.

As with all claims, there is a time limit on issuing proceedings so it is vital to seek advice quickly. We will provide an early assessment of the merit of your claim and advise on funding arrangements.

Professional negligence – some examples of what we do

Professional Negligence Claims against Solicitors

We acted for a client who transferred assets out of his company on advice from his previous solicitor at the time when the company was technically insolvent. This advice left the client open to later claims by the liquidator of the company and the Department of Trade and Industry. We solved these issues and settled a claim against the client’s former solicitor to recover losses incurred as a result of the negligent advice.

Professional Negligence Claims against Accountants

We acted for a client whose accountants had negligently produced final accounts for the client’s company, which had then been sold to a third party. The client was then sued for a breach of warranty by the purchaser. We successfully recovered damages for the Client.

Professional Negligence Claims against Architects

We acted for clients whose architect had failed to monitor building works, resulting in an extension being pulled down and re-built. Despite the architect going into liquidation, we managed to achieve a successful recovery against their insurers.

Professional Negligence Claims against Surveyors

We pursued a client’s surveyor who had been retained to produce a Homebuyer’s Valuation Report. This report was defective in failing to identify numerous problems within the property, particularly in relation to problems with subsidence, which should have been brought to the client’s attention at the time of purchase. We successfully recovered compensation for the client.

Professional Negligence Claims against Financial Advisers

We dealt with a significant claim against an IFA who negligently advised a client to make an inappropriate investment that fell outside the client’s risk profile – namely foreign investment trusts which were high risk by nature – and to invest in foreign currency hedge funds with no proven track record, so as to totally unbalance the client’s investment portfolio. We succeeded in recovering a substantial settlement following mediation with the IFA’s insurers.


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