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Professional Negligence Claims Against Solicitors, Scotland

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As solicitors, the team at Jones Whyte are acutely aware of the duties and expectations of members of our profession. 

Your solicitor must adhere to the overriding principles of competence, diligence, communication and respect. 

Where a lawyer fails to adhere to these principles in the course of their work, and their client suffers as a result, they could be liable for professional negligence.

Solicitors who have acted negligently can cost you money or any other form of loss.

Contact the specialist professional negligence claims lawyers at Jones Whyte today.

We will determine if you have a valid claim for compensation. We understand that if you hold a solicitor responsible for your loss, you may be reluctant to seek assistance from another solicitor. 

However, our knowledge and expertise in professional negligence claims against solicitors, and our unfailing commitment to client care, should give you much needed reassurance.

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Making a solicitor negligence claim

The Law Society of Scotland sets out the four main principles that solicitors must abide by. These are:

  • Competence (knowing and applying the relevant law, staying up to date with legal developments and ensuring adequate training and supervision).
  • Diligence (acting in the client’s best interests, providing transparent fee structures, ensuring ongoing assessment of systems of work and delivering on commitments).
  • Communication (explaining legal terms in plain English, clearly setting out what service will be provided and agree on the frequency and form of communication with the client).
  • Respect (treating each client as an individual and respecting different cultures and values).

A solicitor’s service may fall short of the professional standards if they:

  • Make errors when drafting a will.
  • Miss deadlines, also known as limitation dates, causing a case to be thrown out by a court (this is especially important in personal injury cases, where legal proceedings must be started within three years of the accident).
  • Fails to provide full advice on the costs and consequences of a case.

If a solicitor’s professional negligence has cost you, contact Jones Whyte today. We will ensure the lawyers in question are held to account.

Making a claim

We understand that bringing a claim due to a lawyer’s professional negligence can be a daunting prospect.

Our expert solicitors will support you throughout the claim. The first step is to show that:

  • The solicitor owed you a duty of care.
  • The solicitor breached that duty.
  • That breach caused you loss.

Negligence is a complex area of the law which is best handled by a specialist. 

We have years of experience representing claimants in professional negligence cases, so when you work with us you can be confident your claim will be in safe hands.

It is important to be aware that your claim must be brought within five years starting from the date when the loss occurred.

Contact Jones Whyte to begin your professional negligence claim today.

Other disputes

Professional negligence claims are handled by our disputes team. We have experience in making a wide range of claims and resolving disputes in our client’s favour.

These include:

We can also help if you are defending a court action.

Whatever sort of dispute you are involved in, contact Jones Whyte today.

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