People who seek the counsel of a solicitor, do so because they are in need of assistance with a legal matter. In most situations when someone does not have knowledge of the specific topic, this is a good course of action. Accordingly, it makes sense there would be an expectation that the advice provided by the solicitor would be well thought out. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Recently, a global firm was ordered to compensate a commodities business intelligence firm due to negligent advice the firm provided.
It’s hard to think about death and leaving friends and family behind. Making a will can be the most important thing you do to make the period of time following your death as easy as possible for your loved ones. This is because in addition to providing guidance on how assets should be distributed, it can also direct them as to how you want certain matters addressed, when you are no longer there to provide instruction.
There is no question that solicitors play an important role in a wide variety of legal transactions throughout the United Kingdom. People seek assistance from these professionals because of the expertise they have in matters that the average individual does not. Much of the time the guidance they provide results in a legal transaction being completed without any issues. There are times however where a solicitor may not provide the level of service expected from those in this position. This can manifest itself in many ways, depending on the nature of the legal matter they were hired to handle.
While most who hire a solicitor to help them with a legal issue likely assume the solicitor will do everything possible to lookout for their best interest, the reality is this does not always happen. Instead, all too often the standard of care put toward a legal matter falls below the accepted standard. When this happens, it is possible the party who hired the solicitor to assist them, could find that they have suffered a great loss. In these situations, it may be possible to recoup damages for those losses via a solicitor’s negligence lawsuit.
To readers of this blog it may seem as though there is an abundance of solicitor negligence claims that are regularly filed. While most would likely agree that even one such claim is too many, statistics recently released indicate the number of these matters that were reported last year was down. More specifically the number of law firms facing professional negligence claims in the High Court was nearly cut in half last year as compared to the year before.
As is the case with many professions that serve consumers, in Great Britain, solicitors are governed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Among other things, it is the agency to which solicitor complaints can be made by clients. Depending upon the outcome of the SRA’s review of the complaint, it is possible the solicitor could face disciplinary action. Recently, some consumers alleged the SRA has a bias toward solicitors.
When someone seeks the assistance of a solicitor to resolve a legal matter, there is no question that most seek the most qualified solicitor available. But just how is that determined? If the Solicitors Regulation Authority moves ahead with a plan, that may become easier. The organisation is looking into the creation an assessment that to practice, all solicitors would have to pass.
In any type of legal litigation there is more than one way the matter might be resolved. This is not an exception when it comes to professional negligence lawsuits against solicitors. Cases of this nature may be filed when a solicitor hired to handle a legal matter acts in a negligent manner or does not provide the standard of care expected. Recently a professional negligence claim against a law firm settled.
There are many reasons that individuals seek assistance from solicitors in legal matters. Regardless of the reason this help is sought, there is an expectation that the legal professional hired will live up to the duty of care prescribed. When this does not happen, and a client experiences damage as a result, it is possible the person who hired the solicitor could take legal action to recoup damages for the way in which they were harmed.
When solicitors are hired to by clients to handle property matters, it is expected they will perform all tasks associated with the task as others hired for the job would do. When they do not, the party that hired the solicitor could file a solicitor negligence claim against them. These claims require a certain finesse that those who do not regularly handle such cases do not have.