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Property Solicitor Negligence Claims and Compensation

If you've had your property transaction ruined by a conveyancer or property solicitor, it’s time to talk to Your Legal Friend.

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I am very happy and satisfied with the settlement you achieved for me and the service was excellent and thank you very much

Mrs E.Swaffield
Loughborough

Making a claim for property solicitor negligence

The vast majority of solicitors are highly qualified and professional individuals, with years of training and expertise that makes them invaluable to those buying or selling property.

Buying or selling a home is one of the most stressful experiences in life, and that stress factor can be doubled when dealing with a negligent solicitor. With many complex and legally binding procedures associated with the purchase or sale of property, a solicitor acting unprofessionally can be catastrophic, causing enormous financial losses, as well as huge amounts of stress.

Unfortunately, there are instances where solicitors make mistakes in overseeing a property deal – and the effects can cause significant losses to the client, as well as a great amount of stress and trauma. If a solicitor fails to advise you properly when it comes to matters regarding the sale or purchase of property, you may be entitled to compensation for professional negligence.

We know that the prospect of taking a solicitor to court can be daunting. But our experienced team of professional negligence solicitors has the skills and experience to ensure your solicitor is held to account. We’ll act quickly and provide you with sympathetic, practical, jargon-free advice to help you secure the compensation you deserve.

The role of a property solicitor

Most people opt for a conveyancer when they’re in the process of buying or selling property – but there are times when it’s more appropriate for a solicitor to take the helm. Particularly difficult transactions require a fully qualified solicitor with experience in dealing with property transactions – say, for example, if there is a dispute over boundaries, or if the sellers are using more than one solicitor.

Having a legal expert to cut through the regulations and legislation and close a deal can be invaluable for clients. But a small mistake or some misguided advice could see the deal fall through, leaving the client in a very difficult position – and often with a viable claim for professional negligence.

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Our Financial, Property and Professional Claims team is headed by senior solicitor Claire Critchley who has over 10 years’ experience dealing with complex legal claims against a variety of professionals.Legal negligence claims

This includes claims against surveyors, architects, estate agents and solicitors, in addition to dealing with financial disputes involving mis-sold mortgages and interest rate swaps.

Claire also has significant experience in representing large companies and financial institutions in a range of different legal service areas including breach of contract, debt recovery and insolvency litigation.

For an informal, confidential chat about claiming with one of our expert professional negligence solicitors, call us now (calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Request a Callback’ or ‘Start My Claim Online’ options and we'll call you straight back.

Throughout your claim, Your Legal Friend will help you every step of the way 

  • Specialist team of professional negligence solicitors
  • A wealth of knowledge and expertise
  • Advice, support and guidance throughout your claim
  • Over 30 years’ experience in personal injury compensation

 

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What our customers say

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“I found the staff to be friendly, helpful, courteous and they kept me well informed on a regular basis”

Mrs. Vora,
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“They acted in a sympathetic and professional manner and resolved my case very efficiently”

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10 simple steps to claim

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Understanding what went wrong
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Reviewing relevant documents
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Obtaining an initial response to your grievance
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Sending the Letter of Claim
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The professional’s detailed response
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Issuing court proceedingsTaking a detailed statement
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Obtaining experts’ reports
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Taking a detailed statementIssuing court proceedings
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Attending your court trial
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Awarding your compensation claim

Your questions... answered

What is property solicitor negligence?

When a property solicitor fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard that the client can reasonably expect, we call this ‘property solicitor negligence’.

In some cases where mistakes are made, you may be able to resolve this amicably between you so that you can complete your transaction within the time constraints set. But where you experience a serious loss, or where your sale or purchase becomes a failure due to sub-standard work on their part (and your solicitor refuses to acknowledge this or to put it right), then making a professional negligence claim against your solicitor may be your only option.

Some examples of professional negligence by solicitors can include:

  • Failure to properly advise in relation to leases or tenancy agreements
  • Refusal to follow a client’s instructions
  • Failure to register your interest in the property correctly
  • Errors made in drafting leases
  • Failure to advise on planning permission or relevant building regulations
  • Failure to either complete or advise on the results of searches
  • Allowing you to pay too much Stamp Duty or not making the Stamp Duty payment on time

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and there are many other examples of property solicitor negligence that could also see the client eligible to make a claim. If you’re unsure if you have a case, request a free call back, and we’ll discuss your circumstances to see whether this is an option for you.

If your solicitor has been negligent in carrying out their work and you experienced a financial loss as a result, we can help you pursue a claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We know that taking on these claims can seem daunting, especially if you’re already dealing with the property problems that arose as a result of the solicitor’s negligence.  That’s why our team are always on hand to offer support, guidance and advice when you need it most. With many years of experience in the world of professional negligence and a track record of successful cases, we can ensure you get the legal representation you deserve and the best possible outcome for your case.

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The consequences of property solicitor negligence

If you’ve lost out financially because your property solicitor acted negligently, you may be able to bring a professional negligence claim against them. Here are some examples of negligence by property solicitors:

  • The solicitor failed to offer proper advice regarding the terms of a lease, tenancy agreement, licensing issue or commercial property
  • The solicitor did not ensure that the property plans were accurate with regard to boundaries
  • The solicitor failed to advise on the existence of a right of way on or adjacent to the property
  • The solicitor failed to follow the client’s instructions
  • The solicitor didn’t offer appropriate advice on a rent review
  • The solicitor did not notice a defect or error on the title or ownership deed of the property

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list – there are many other actions that could potentially be classed as professional negligence by a solicitor, thus leaving them open to a claim.

Financial loss is the most obvious consequence of a solicitor’s negligence. If a property purchase or sale falls through because of incorrect advice or the failure to spot a problem with a title, the client could lose thousands of pounds and be put through a lot of stress and trauma to boot.

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Claiming against your property solicitor

At Your Legal Friend, we have the skills and experience to help you pursue a successful professional negligence claim. So that we can represent you effectively, we’ll need to know the following things:

  • The name of your solicitor
  • When you instructed them
  • What you instructed them to do
  • How you think they were negligent
  • The estimated value of the loss you suffered as a result of their negligent actions

It may be that we discover that the solicitor’s actions didn’t amount to negligence. In this case, we’ll help you to report the solicitor in question to the appropriate regulatory body, which may be able to offer compensation as well as disciplining the solicitor.

Once you’ve supplied us with these details, we can start investigating the case and advising you on your next steps.

Most solicitors have professional indemnity insurance which will ensure you recover the full amount from them when you win your case.

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What you need to prove

To understand whether your solicitor was negligent, you need to be aware of what constitutes professional negligence. By law, professional negligence is when a professional fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard expected of them. This failure to meet the duty of care they owe to their client must also cause financial loss for it to be classed as negligent.

If you’re planning to pursue a professional negligence claim against your solicitor because of a property matter, you’ll need to prove three things:

  • That you were owed a duty of care by your solicitor
  • That the solicitor breached that duty of care
  • That the solicitor’s negligence caused you financial loss

At Your Legal Friend, we understand just how overwhelming it can be to consider a professional negligence claim against your solicitor who is likely to have years of experience in dealing with the intricacies of the law. Our expert team of highly experienced professional negligence solicitors will make the process as stress-free as possible and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

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How long does a ‘property solicitor negligence’ claim take?

Every case is unique. The circumstances surrounding each will need to be considered independently, and for this reason, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Much of the ‘speed’ relies on how quickly clients can provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get your case file from the solicitor in question, and any expert reports required, and whether the insurance companies involved are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

While we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you.  This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  We aim to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.

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Are there time limitations to bringing a claim?

Professional negligence claims against property solicitors must be brought within six years of the day on which the negligent act occurred. If you haven’t brought a claim by this deadline, you will be unable to do so. Sometimes, claimants aren’t actually aware of the negligence when it first occurs, and so the first rule would be unfair to these people. In this instance, the claimant would have three years from the date of discovering the negligence to bring their claim to court. There is also a ‘long stop’ date of fifteen years from the act of negligence. If this date passes, you will not be able to bring the claim, regardless of when you found out about the negligence.

When a property solicitor fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard that the client can reasonably expect, we call this ‘property solicitor negligence’.

In some cases where mistakes are made, you may be able to resolve this amicably between you so that you can complete your transaction within the time constraints set. But where you experience a serious loss, or where your sale or purchase becomes a failure due to sub-standard work on their part (and your solicitor refuses to acknowledge this or to put it right), then making a professional negligence claim against your solicitor may be your only option.

Some examples of professional negligence by solicitors can include:

  • Failure to properly advise in relation to leases or tenancy agreements
  • Refusal to follow a client’s instructions
  • Failure to register your interest in the property correctly
  • Errors made in drafting leases
  • Failure to advise on planning permission or relevant building regulations
  • Failure to either complete or advise on the results of searches
  • Allowing you to pay too much Stamp Duty or not making the Stamp Duty payment on time

This isn’t an exhaustive list, and there are many other examples of property solicitor negligence that could also see the client eligible to make a claim. If you’re unsure if you have a case, request a free call back, and we’ll discuss your circumstances to see whether this is an option for you.

If your solicitor has been negligent in carrying out their work and you experienced a financial loss as a result, we can help you pursue a claim on a no-win, no-fee basis.

We know that taking on these claims can seem daunting, especially if you’re already dealing with the property problems that arose as a result of the solicitor’s negligence.  That’s why our team are always on hand to offer support, guidance and advice when you need it most. With many years of experience in the world of professional negligence and a track record of successful cases, we can ensure you get the legal representation you deserve and the best possible outcome for your case.

Read less

If you’ve lost out financially because your property solicitor acted negligently, you may be able to bring a professional negligence claim against them. Here are some examples of negligence by property solicitors:

  • The solicitor failed to offer proper advice regarding the terms of a lease, tenancy agreement, licensing issue or commercial property
  • The solicitor did not ensure that the property plans were accurate with regard to boundaries
  • The solicitor failed to advise on the existence of a right of way on or adjacent to the property
  • The solicitor failed to follow the client’s instructions
  • The solicitor didn’t offer appropriate advice on a rent review
  • The solicitor did not notice a defect or error on the title or ownership deed of the property

Of course, this isn’t an exhaustive list – there are many other actions that could potentially be classed as professional negligence by a solicitor, thus leaving them open to a claim.

Financial loss is the most obvious consequence of a solicitor’s negligence. If a property purchase or sale falls through because of incorrect advice or the failure to spot a problem with a title, the client could lose thousands of pounds and be put through a lot of stress and trauma to boot.

Read less

At Your Legal Friend, we have the skills and experience to help you pursue a successful professional negligence claim. So that we can represent you effectively, we’ll need to know the following things:

  • The name of your solicitor
  • When you instructed them
  • What you instructed them to do
  • How you think they were negligent
  • The estimated value of the loss you suffered as a result of their negligent actions

It may be that we discover that the solicitor’s actions didn’t amount to negligence. In this case, we’ll help you to report the solicitor in question to the appropriate regulatory body, which may be able to offer compensation as well as disciplining the solicitor.

Once you’ve supplied us with these details, we can start investigating the case and advising you on your next steps.

Most solicitors have professional indemnity insurance which will ensure you recover the full amount from them when you win your case.

Read less

To understand whether your solicitor was negligent, you need to be aware of what constitutes professional negligence. By law, professional negligence is when a professional fails to perform their responsibilities to the standard expected of them. This failure to meet the duty of care they owe to their client must also cause financial loss for it to be classed as negligent.

If you’re planning to pursue a professional negligence claim against your solicitor because of a property matter, you’ll need to prove three things:

  • That you were owed a duty of care by your solicitor
  • That the solicitor breached that duty of care
  • That the solicitor’s negligence caused you financial loss

At Your Legal Friend, we understand just how overwhelming it can be to consider a professional negligence claim against your solicitor who is likely to have years of experience in dealing with the intricacies of the law. Our expert team of highly experienced professional negligence solicitors will make the process as stress-free as possible and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Read less

Every case is unique. The circumstances surrounding each will need to be considered independently, and for this reason, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Much of the ‘speed’ relies on how quickly clients can provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get your case file from the solicitor in question, and any expert reports required, and whether the insurance companies involved are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

While we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you.  This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  We aim to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.

Read less

Professional negligence claims against property solicitors must be brought within six years of the day on which the negligent act occurred. If you haven’t brought a claim by this deadline, you will be unable to do so. Sometimes, claimants aren’t actually aware of the negligence when it first occurs, and so the first rule would be unfair to these people. In this instance, the claimant would have three years from the date of discovering the negligence to bring their claim to court. There is also a ‘long stop’ date of fifteen years from the act of negligence. If this date passes, you will not be able to bring the claim, regardless of when you found out about the negligence.