Professional negligence

“One client states that they were impressed by the "determination, dedication and support" of the professional negligence team.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“Blake Morgan are super-efficient, they get to the heart of matters very quickly and they are able to distil lots of information into what is relevant and what isn't”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Our team of specialist lawyers has a first rate reputation for providing advice in professional negligence disputes. 

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
  • Surveyors
  • Pension scheme trustees
  • Financial advisors
  • Accountants
  • Valuers
  • Architects

In short, the professional negligence team has extensive experience in dealing with disputes against any professional advisor and is recognised in leading publications for its expertise in this field.


The team acts for a diverse range of clients that include claimant individuals, businesses and not for profit organisations.

Significant experience 

Notable examples of the professional negligence team's successful cases include:

  • Recovering significant damages for a home purchaser following a surveyor's negligent overvaluation of a property and failure to advise in relation to significant structural defects.
  • Acting for a business in substantial claim against solicitors following the failure of a commercial lease to be effectively determined.
  • A high value claim against a life insurance provider following their negligent failure to advise on an appropriate policy.
  • A claim against a solicitor for failing to advise in relation to the termination of a contract of employment.
  • Acting for an individual against solicitors following the loss of chance to recover appropriate damages in relation to a clinical negligence claim.
  • Acting against an accountant for the negligent failure to minimise tax through various investment schemes.
  • 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.
  • Acting for an employer and trustees of a retirements benefits scheme in connection with claims for negligence against the scheme's financial advisers.
  • Acting for an occupational pension scheme in a multi-million pound claim against professional advisers.
  • Acting for purchasers of refurbished 16th century farm in a claim against their surveyor and architect for negligence and against their solicitors for loss of opportunity in pursing these claims.
  • Advising the trustees of a charitable trust in relation who had received negligent advice from their former solicitors.


“They are efficient and always keen to go through various options. They really deliver.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“Blake Morgan has a wealth of experience in Court. ”

The Legal 500 UK 2015

“Blake Morgan LLP is increasingly active in claims regarding financial mis-selling and inadequate advice.”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

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Recent Supreme Court decision: Tiuta International Ltd (in Liquidation) v De Villiers Surveyors Ltd [2017] UKSC 77


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Bacciottini v Gotelee and Goldsmith

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Regulatory Law Update –Shaw v General Osteopathic Council [2015] EWHC 2721 (Admin)

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