LayerSlider – Claims 27 March

Professional Negligence

There are regrettably instances where the standard of professional care provided by advisers to their clients falls short. For example; if a professional represents themselves as having more experience or skills then they actually possess. Or being incompetent in the work they have carried out for you.

MKB Law’s litigation solicitors have vast experience acting for clients in all matters relating to professional negligence claims.

What constitues professional negligence?

Professional negligence cases take many forms and can be applied to any service in which you have been offered expert advice. The most common areas in which we see claims are listed below:

Accountancy

Architecture

Quantity Surveying

Solicitor services

Financial Advice

Our claims and compensation team will help you with any case of professional negligence and with a wealth of experience we are a leading professional negligence solicitors in Belfast. 

What steps should I take?

If you are unhappy with the service or advice given to you by a professional you should consult with your solicitor to determine if you have grounds to make a case.

Time is an important factor in professional negligence cases and so it is essential that you get in contact with a solicitor as soon as possible in order to ensure that your case is heard.

It is also important to get as much information together as possible for your case by recording details and gathering records of any transactions or dealings that you have had with the service provider eg. Receipts, letters and any documentation you feel may be of relevance.

What is the cost involved?

The cost of prosecuting professional negligence claims can often prove to be prohibitive. The costs of these claims can be inflated by a number of factors including:

Involvement of experts

The ‘Front-Loading’ of work envisaged by the Commercial Court pre-action protocol

The Engagement of barristers

The fact that these cases tend to be very paper-intensive

We make the discussion of funding options a priority early on in these cases to ensure our clients are fully prepared. Options such as the availability of after the event insurance (“ATE”), which protects the client against substantial costs that they may be liable for should the legal action prove unsuccessful, can be worth looking into.

How can we help?

We at MKB Law aim to help our clients by giving a clear explanation of the steps which solicitors are obliged to follow under the pre-action protocols, the forms of alternative dispute resolution costs and funding options (particularly whether legal aid is available or whether an after the event insurance (“ATE”) policy could be obtained), the procedure by which the relevant records are obtained and the expert evidence that should be procured.

What is involved in making a claim?

At your initial consultation a member of our claims and compensations team will take detailed instructions from you of the circumstances around the advice or service you have received to get an understanding of your situation. You should have the following for your initial meeting:

Photographic ID; passport or driving licence

Proof of Address; a utility bill, bank statement or similar document addressed to you at your home address

your National Insurance Number

your employer’s name and address

wage slips for the 6 months prior to the incident

Records of any financial loss you have suffered.

These types of cases invariably require the input of expert evidence. We have developed excellent working relationships with expert witnesses across all disciplines who we can readily call upon to assist at the outset. These cases lend themselves particularly well to alternative methods of dispute resolution such as mediation for which professional indemnity insurers have an increasing appetite.

For cases with a value in excess of £30,000 and which therefore fall within the jurisdiction of the Commercial Court, there is a recent pre-action protocol (setting out the steps parties to prospective litigation are obliged to follow before the issue of Court proceedings) with which this firm is well-versed.

Our solicitors pride themselves on their personal, professional and dedicated service and will ensure that the details of your case are explained to you in clear and simple language.

To talk to one our Solicitors, please call 028 9024 2450, or email info@mkblaw.co.uk

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