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Common Solicitor Negligence Claims

By Ron Hogan Subscribe to RSS | February 25th 2012 | Views:
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The Legal Complaints Service receives more than 17,000 complaints about solicitors a year, a rise of 14 per cent in three years. For those who feel that their solicitor has been negligent in handling their case, there is a procedure that you can follow in order to seek compensation. It is relatively common to hear complaints of bigger than expected bills and failure of solicitors to follow client instructions, but the most serious claims tend to involve professional negligence.

Negligence disputes may arise with a solicitor for any number of reasons. The most common dispute involves the failure to meet court deadlines or limitation dates on the part of the solicitor, especially in personal injury claims cases. Negligence of this sort can mean big losses for the client, and clients can seek compensation on these grounds.

Another common negligence complaint is when the solicitor makes a misjudgement regarding the kind of claim you should make, failing to make court hearings, failure to submit evidence crucial to your case and a lack of expertise in the type of case you are pursuing.

Other common complaints in solicitor negligence cases pertain to the drawing up of wills and deeds. Any solicitor entrusted with the drawing up of a will has a responsibility of care not only towards the person upon whose behalf they are writing the will, but also towards those who stand to benefit from the will in question. Negligence claims in this area often include missed clerical errors that void part or all of the document, the death of the client before the will is fully prepared, and neglecting to make sure that the will is signed and witnessed properly.

Negligence claims are also common in the field of employment law. Common cases in this area involve insufficient preparation for employment contract disputes, a lack of protocol observation with regards to email communication, as well as failing to impose the appropriate employment contracts. If any of these failures on the part of the solicitor results in financial loss to the client, the client is legally allowed to seek compensation by way of a professional negligence claim.

Mergers and acquisitions is the other arena in which a high number of negligence claims are brought. This includes management buy outs, the acquisition of assets, as well as the acquisition of shares.

Ron Hogan - About Author:
Francis Davies is a former lawyer and legal adviser who recommends seeking professional guidance from conveying negligence claims specialists Dewar Hogan for the latest advice regarding  solicitors professional negligence 

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