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Litigation Case Negligence Claims

Duncan Lewis Professional Negligence Solicitors – Litigation Case Negligence Claims


Litigation can be a complex, expensive and stressful experience for clients – disputes with professionals can be daunting and when a client is faced with a litigation solicitor who is negligent and lets them down, the effects can be devastating, both personally and financially.


Because litigation is subject to set procedures, a solicitor who missed a deadline can prejudice an entire case.


A claim for professional negligence in a litigation case may also be made if a case is prejudiced as a result of:

  • Acting without/contrary to client instructions
  • Delays in procedures
  • Drafting errors in claims documents/correspondence
  • Failure to follow pre-action protocol
  • Failing to act in a client’s best interests (eg advising dispute resolution)
  • Failing to advise on legal Aid Statutory Charge
  • Failing to take counsel’s opinion
  • Failing to serve a court order (may also affect Legal Aid funding)
  • Failing to obtain quantum – estimated value of claim – from counsel (may also affect Legal Aid funding)
  • Failing to respond to correspondence in a timely manner
  • Missing deadlines in litigation procedures
  • Not keeping client advised of costs/funding
  • Not keeping client advised of legal staff changes during litigation
  • Poor legal advice or wrong legal advice.


Duncan Lewis professional negligence solicitors can call on the expertise of its own litigation department in cases of professional negligence.


The Duncan Lewis litigation team represents private individual clients as well as corporate clients – and our professional negligence claims lawyers can offer an expert assessment of any professional negligence litigation case where a solicitor is negligent.


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 in a matter relating to litigation but any compensation awarded may be modest.


Clients considering suing a solicitor for professional negligence 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 claim.


Funding Professional Negligence Claims in Litigation Cases


Duncan Lewis understands that suing a solicitor can be a daunting prospect, especially after the trauma of a case involving litigation which collapsed or was prejudiced because of a negligent solicitor.


Duncan Lewis professional negligence solicitors take a tough stance in making a claim against a negligent solicitor who has let a client down in a litigation case – and will press for maximum compensation.


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 litigation solicitor has provided a negligent service that resulted in further loss to you, call Duncan Lewis Professional Negligence Solicitors for more information about making a compensation claim on 020 7923 4020.

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