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Claims for Professional Negligence

Claims for Professional Negligence


My name is Mike Wilson, I’m a
partner at Bridge McFarland and I lead the
Professional Negligence team. I’m Amelia, I am a Legal Assistant in the
Professional Negligence department. My name is Rob Ripley and I’m head of
the Dispute Resolution department here at Bridge McFarland, and I’m a
Partner working from the Hull office. Professional Negligence is where a
professional advisor makes a mistake or gives bad advice.
It can be hard to pursue professional negligence because you have to put
your trust in another professional. We are members of a professional body of
lawyers who specialise in this kind of work. Claims for Professional Negligence include
claims against lawyers, solicitors and barristers; accountants; building surveyors and
other construction professionals. It is quite a specialist area of law. Often people come to us who have been
let down by a professional and that has often cost them money, and
then if a lawyer says to them “well we can bring that claim for you,
but it will cost you even more money” that is an obstacle, so we have some
very good funding packages in place so that often for a good claim we can
bring those on a no-win-no-fee type basis. I am the first point of contact for all new
inquiries, so if you send an email inquiry or call the helpline I will answer the
inquiry or answer the telephone. As a nationally recognized law firm,
Bridge McFarland will always give you clear and straightforward advice. So from the start all the claimant needs
to do is give me the information that they think I need, I can ask for more if I need it.
We can do it over the telephone we can do it over email, whatever is easiest for the
client. If they want an update they can give us a call we’ll always be happy to
talk through the progress of the matter. They are quite technical claims because
of the nature of professional work and it’s difficult sometimes to work out that in a
difficult job someone has got it wrong, so you have to be fairly tenacious you
have to know how those claims are defended, and we find
that very satisfying. So a professional advisor will breach
their duty of care to their client if they fail to provide their services to a reasonable
standard. For a claim for professional negligence to be successful it is also
important for a client to be able to show that they have suffered a financial loss
because of the professional advisor’s breach of their duty. Rob and Mike are very experienced and
tough litigators when they need to be, but they are also extremely kind supportive
people, they will support you throughout the process of the claim and I would
recommend them to my family and friends.

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