Solicitors owe a legal duty to their clients to act with proper care and skill under their retainer. When a solicitor falls short of those duties, it can expose their client to a loss or can cause a transaction to go wrong. In that case, the client may need to sue the solicitor’s firm to recover the loss they have suffered if the solicitor has been negligent.
Examples of negligence by solicitors includes:
- Giving the wrong advice about the law
- Failing to give critical information to a client
- Not following a client’s instructions
- Not obtaining a client’s instructions
- Incorrectly drafting important documents
- Missing court deadlines or limitation periods
- Providing incorrect settlement advice
- Holding themselves out as an expert in an area of law which they do not have skills to deal with
Anthony Gold’s experience in dealing with claims against solicitors includes:
- Acting for group of litigants in multi-million pound claim against solicitors who had dealt with an unregulated collective investment scheme.
- Acting for shareholders of a multi-million company against solicitors who failed to correctly draft a share purchase agreement.
- Acting for purchasers of property where the solicitor failed to give critical information about the property before completion.
- Acting for disappointed beneficiaries where the solicitor had failed to draft a will correctly or arrange the testator’s affairs.
The list non-exhaustive gives an idea of the types of negligence claim that may occur. If you have a suffered a loss as a result of solicitors’ negligence you may have a claim and should contact the team at Anthony Gold for a consultation.