Professional Negligence Solicitors
Claims Against Property Professionals
In every property transaction, you put your trust in professionals to do a good job. If you have suffered financial harm through the negligent advice or actions of a third party, you may have a claim for professional negligence. Our lawyers specialise in helping bring such claims.
Shilpa Mathuradas Partner
An experienced team of property litigation solicitors
Our specialist team of property litigation solicitors collectively bring more than a century of legal experience to the table. As a result, Osbornes are able to provide an outstanding service to businesses of all sizes as well as private clients, for both commercial and residential property professional negligence claims. We deliver a tailored, efficient and jargon-free approach in every case.
Professional negligence claims
If you suffer loss or damage due to the bad advice of a professional you employed, you may be able to make a professional negligence claim against that professional. In a property transaction, these include:
- Estate agent negligence
- Surveyor negligence
- Conveyancing negligence
- Architect negligence
- Financial advisor negligence
- Tradespeople negligence
- Auctioneers negligence
All of these individuals are required to act with competence in accordance with their own regulatory bodies and professional standards. The standards themselves will differ from profession to profession. However, the general rule is the same: if the professional falls short of their own professional standards and you suffer loss as a result, there may be grounds for a claim against them.
To speak to a solicitor who specialises in the negligence of property professionals, please contact the property litigation team.
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Professional Negligence and Property Professionals FAQs
Do I have a professional negligence claim?
When you hire a property professional, you should be able to trust that they are competent, diligent, and experienced in their area of expertise. If they fall short of professional standards and you lose out financially, then you may be able to make a professional negligence claim.
There are many things that can go wrong in real estate, and losing out financially is not just about the cost of fixing a problem that someone missed. Here are some examples of common professional negligence claims that we can help with:
- Solicitors who do not properly investigate title, making it difficult to renovate or sell
- Surveyors who miss structural problems with the property, which cost a lot of money to fix
- Valuers who misvalue the property, causing you to overpay
- Construction managers providing a poor budget planning service, leading to the construction project being more expensive
- Engineers getting their structural calculations wrong, causing the building to become dangerous
When mistakes are made and there are financial consequences, you have the right to answers and to compensation for your loss. Strict time limits apply to claims against property professionals, so the sooner you can speak to us the better.
Who is the professional negligence claim against?
The claim will be against the property professional or the firm that employs them. Most times, the professional will have indemnity insurance to protect themselves against a claim for negligence. In these cases, the insurance company will probably come on the record and have their say in the defence of the case.
This is good news, since it means the property professional has insurance to pay out the claim. The professional’s personal financial position will not affect your case.
How do I make a professional negligence claim?
The first step is to speak to a member of the property litigation team at Osbornes. We will listen to the facts of your case and advise if the service you received was legally negligent or merely ‘poor.’ Poor service, while frustrating, is not something we can take to court.
Before any proceedings are launched, your solicitor will make a thorough investigation of the circumstances of the case. This might include obtaining an expert opinion and making sense of complex technical details. It is our job to build a strong case against the professional and their firm, proving that the professional was negligent and this caused you or your business financial harm.
Where possible, we seek to avoid litigation and reach an out-of-court settlement. This is a comparatively fast and cost-effective way of settling the professional negligence dispute.
How much compensation could I claim?
There is no set amount of compensation you could receive. It comes down to your financial losses.
The aim is to put you into the position you would have been in if the property professionally had acted competently.
The value of your claim will be based on such factors as how much it costs to resolve the problem, the amount you overpaid on a property deal, or the loss of opportunity if you cannot now develop or deal with the property in the way you intended.
In all cases, our aim is to achieve the maximum amount of compensation. We’re here to help, so please get in touch and we can give you an estimate of the value of your claim.
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Why choose Osbornes?
Osborne’s trusted team of experts have handled many professional negligence claims against property professionals. Our client roster includes high-net-worth individuals, commercial occupiers, investors and property businesses. Our swift and careful guidance can give you the best chance of getting the compensation you are owed.
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Shilpa Mathuradas Partner
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