There are many cases in which a solicitor may have acted unfairly towards their client, and many people wonder whether they are able to pursue a negligence claim against their solicitor. Even though part of a solicitor’s job is to sue, they are not immune from being sued. Many people are worried about whether they have a valid claim against their solicitor, the potential financial stress that a negligence claim may bring with it and how they would go about suing their solicitor. Here at Bloomsbury Law, our expert professional negligence solicitors are here to help, because we understand that being in this position can be extremely stressful and confusing.
Am I eligible for compensation?
The first step to pursuing a negligence claim against a solicitor would be to get in contact with us and see if you have a valid case. Does your case fall under negligence or is it a complaint? Has your solicitor not given reasonable advice or has acted in an unreasonable manor? Generally, if you have suffered loss or financial harm, you may be eligible for a negligence claim. Here at Bloomsbury Law, we accept claims on the basis of ‘No win, no fee’. This means you won’t need to pay us anything if we do not succeed at claiming compensation.
If you have not suffered financial loss, you should take up your complaint with your solicitor. When choosing a solicitor, you have the right to expect a certain level of advice and support with your matter. As a client, you also have the right to complain if you feel that your solicitor has not given advice or has not acted in accordance with what would be reasonably expected from others in the same profession.
What should I expect from my solicitor?
You should always make sure that your solicitor has told you about your rights to complain. A solicitor should also:
• Treat you fairly and provide any access requirements you have
• Keep you informed throughout your case, and update you as to any changes of the case
• Tell you about your rights as a client, and your rights to complain
• Give information about costs
• Give all relevant information to help you decide what service you require
As a client, you can either complain to the Law Society or you can complain direct to your solicitor, at which stage they should inform you of The Legal Ombudsman. The Legal Ombudsman is an independent and impartial scheme to help resolve legal issues and complaints. The service is free, and they are determined to help the public resolve difficult issues, weighing up the facts and comments regarding your case.
If you feel that you have a valid case, please call our professional negligence solicitors on 020 7998 7777 or contact us online so we may arrange a call back. With our vast experience in the field, our team will work with you to ensure this process runs as smooth as possible.