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Experts in Professional Negligence Disputes


Our team of specialist lawyers has a first rate reputation for providing advice in professional negligence disputes.

Professional negligence claims cover a broad range of disputes where a professional has been instructed to provide a service but where that service has fallen beneath the standard expected.  If the problem has caused a loss to be suffered then a claim in professional negligence could be brought against that professional.

The Blake Morgan professional negligence team has extensive experience in dealing with disputes against a variety of professional advisors and is recognised in leading publications for its expertise in this field.

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Main Areas Of Practice


The Blake Morgan Professional Negligence team has a highly impressive track record of settling and winning disputes involving a wide range of professionals that includes:

Solicitors

The implications of legal advice can be far reaching and if the advice is wrong it may be that there are serious financial consequences. Claims against former solicitors include missed court limitation dates, incorrectly served break notices, incorrect property titles, mishandling of corporate transactions and incorrectly drafted trust deeds.

Surveyors

The type of survey undertaken will dictate the level of detail expected in the surveyors report. There may be serious issues that come to light after a property purchase that your surveyor may have overlooked in their report, for example structural issues with an extension, extensive damp, non-traditional construction methods or subsidence.

Financial advisors

An Independent Financial Advisor ("IFA") should undertake a full assessment of a client's financial circumstances, assess their risk, provide continuous advice on decisions made on their behalf and to keep everything under review throughout their instruction. Problems can arise when investments are made that are not in keeping with a client's appetite for risk or decisions, or decisions made without the client's mandate or knowledge.

Accountants

Whether the accountant is negligent may depend upon which organisation they are regulated by, and the scope of the work they are undertaking, as different rules apply. For example, incorrect advice on taxation has caused either a penalty or increase in what is owing to HMRC. More complex situations arise where loss is either yet to crystalise or is more difficult to quantify in which case further expert advice may be sought.

Valuers

Sometimes it is only after the borrower has defaulted on the loan and the lender obtained possession that issues with the valuation come to light. If the valuer failed to report upon issues that affected the value of the property at the date the report was originally prepared, it may be possible to bring a claim against the valuer.

Architects

The architect's contract will set out the scope of the work together with any other responsibilities they have during a project. Claims against architects will often involve inadequate building design, inadequate supervision of building contractors or mishandling of project costs.

Investigating your claim

As with all negligence claims, when investigating a claim against a professional we would need to determine whether they had breached their professional duty of care to their client. Such an assessment will often involve the instruction of an independent expert within the same field to review and report upon the actions undertaken by the potentially negligent professional and show such breach caused a loss to be suffered.

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Our Clients


We work with national and international corporations, government departments, regulators, financial institutions, individuals, partnerships and owner-managed businesses.

Highlights


A high value claim against a life insurance provider following their negligent failure to advise on an appropriate policy.


Making a successful recovery against a client's former tax adviser in relation to an inadequate tax mitigation scheme.


Acting for occupational pension scheme trustees in a claim against advisers and an insurer, arising from failure to give correct advice concerning pensions equalisation and its implementation.


"Standout claimant-oriented team handling claims against professionals across a variety of disciplines"

Chambers 2019


"We were impressed by the determination, dedication and support of the professional negligence team."

Chambers 2019


"Richard Portlock is a very competent and knowledgeable individual and has a great reputation behind him."

Chambers 2019


Our Experts


Richard
Portlock
Partner

Southampton

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Jill
Bainbridge
Partner

Southampton

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Michael
Colledge
Legal Director

Southampton

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Stephen
Cannell
Associate

Southampton

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Nichola
Gordon-Jones
Solicitor

Southampton

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Case Studies

Our professional negligence experts take a look at an appeal from the Supreme Court and what you can take away from it. The case: Edwards on behalf of the Estate of...

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Articles

The High Court has recently handed down its decision on a professional negligence claim against a top 100 Law Firm in Cardiff and London, Hugh James: Hanbury & Anor v Hugh...

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Case Studies

A Court of Appeal case in January 2019 has provided a useful analysis on using SAAMCO to distinguish between 'advice' and 'information' cases involving financial professional negligence. SAAMCO is commonly...

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