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Failure to Draft & Serve Documents

Duncan Lewis Professional Negligence Solicitors – Failure to Properly Draft and Serve Documents


Clients rely on their solicitor to be able to act in their best interests in a case – however, a negligent solicitor who makes drafting errors or fails to serve legal documents properly can prejudice a client’s case.


Drafting errors not picked up before legal documents are served can have a detrimental effect on a case. Clients should be sent a copy of documents and any correspondence to the opponent to check and approve before they are sent.


Drafting errors and failing to serve legal papers properly can seriously undermine a client’s position – or cause a delay in a case such as a claim, or in legal processes such as conveyancing or signing a contract in a commercial transaction.


If a drafting error is not picked up, the outcome of a drafting negligence can be disastrous – for example if a will has a drafting error or a negligent solicitor drafts an employment contract containing an error.


Duncan Lewis is acknowledged as one of the UK’s claims firms, with expertise in professional negligence claims.


Duncan Lewis solicitors also advise on all areas of law, enabling our professional negligence claims solicitors to access expert legal opinions in-house, including but not limited to:

  • Clinical negligence
  • Commercial law
  • Conveyancing law
  • Criminal law
  • Employment law
  • Family law (including child care law)
  • Housing law
  • Human Rights law and civil liberties
  • Immigration law
  • Judicial Review
  • Litigation
  • Mental health law
  • Personal injury.
  • Wills, trusts and probate.


In cases involving a negligent solicitor – including solicitor negligence leading to high-value loss – clients should also contact a firm of expert professional negligence solicitors such as Duncan Lewis for advice.


Making a Professional Negligence Claim


Clients who suffer financial loss or other loss as a result of a solicitor who is negligent should first make a complaint through the solicitor’s own complaints procedure.


The Legal Ombudsman can also adjudicate in cases where a solicitor is negligent and failed to draft and serve documents properly, but any compensation awarded may be modest.


Clients considering suing a solicitor for failing to draft and serve documents properly have six years from the date of the event constituting negligence – or three years from the date they first realised negligence had occurred – in which to make a professional negligence claim.


Funding Professional Negligence Claims for Failure to Properly Draft and Serve Documents


Duncan Lewis understands that suing a solicitor can be a daunting prospect, especially after incurring losses if a solicitor has failed to serve documents properly or has made a drafting error.


Duncan Lewis professional negligence solicitors take a tough stance in making a claim against a negligent solicitor who has let a client down as a result of failing to draft and serve legal documents properly – and will press for maximum damages.


Duncan Lewis lawyers offer clients a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) to fund professional negligence claims.


Duncan Lewis also offers a fixed fee to cover the costs of the initial client meeting and case assessment – so our professional negligence clients know from the outset how much they will have to pay.


If a solicitor has provided a negligent service as a result of failing to properly draft and serve documents that resulted in loss, call Duncan Lewis Professional Negligence Solicitors for more information about making a compensation claim on 020 7923 4020.

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