Fonseca Law Solicitors


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Professional Negligence

Here at Fonseca Law, we understand that you may, at some point in your life, require legal assistance, and that during this difficult time, you need to be able trust your lawyer and the professional and expert knowledge they offer. Whether you're going through a divorce, have suffered a personal injury or have legal issues with your employer, you should be able to trust that your solicitor has the expertise and legal knowhow to advise you appropriately in the relevant areas of law, and will perform to the professional standards expected of them. The last thing you expect is to suffer financial loss or additional costs due to careless advice or misinformed guidance from solicitors.

Unfortunately, such cases do occur, which is why it's important to understand that if you do fall victim to professional negligence the law is on your side. Every solicitor has a duty of care to their client, but occasionally, a solicitor will fall short of the professional standards expected of them. If you've suffered additional costs or financial loss because your lawyer failed to perform their duties to a reasonable and expected standard, then we can help you take proceedings against your solicitor. If your lawyer has adversely or inadvertently impacted your case, either by undersettling on your compensation claim, missing court deadlines, or making an error in the creation of legal documents, then you are entitled to recover your expenses and any additional financial losses suffered as a result.

How to make a professional negligence claim

If you feel a qualified lawyer has acted incompetently or provided you with negligent advice, our team of highly qualified and expert solicitors will first lead an enquiry to determine if the mistake made was due to incompetence of negligence on part of the lawyer, and then whether it has resulted in financial loss or other hardships. If we find this to be the case we will take your professional negligence case further and open proceedings on your behalf to help you recuperate any financial loss.

No two professional negligence cases are ever the same, and our expert legal team are available to discuss your options with you if you believe you have been the victim of negligent solicitor advice. When you contact us about a possible claim, we will lead an initial enquiry into your case, and open up proceedings if we determine that your professional negligence case is valid. We can advise you on what you need to do to settle your complaint either with the solicitors' themselves or, if this does not resolve your case, how to refer your case onto the Legal Ombudsman.

Currently the time-frame for bringing a professional negligence claim forward is six years from the original act of negligence. Six years may seem like a substantial period of time to make a claim, but if you feel you have been the victim of professional negligence, we advise you to seek expert help as soon as possible as it is easier to prove negligence closer to the original act. Nevertheless, if you have suffered professional negligence over 6 years ago please don't hesitate to contact us as you still may be eligible to make a claim.

At Fonseca Law, we are dedicated to providing a full range of legal services and a high level of client care and transparency. No matter what your circumstances are, we will provide you with the best legal advice and ensure that your claim is dealt with efficiently, and with as little stress as possible. If you need our expert legal advice, contact us today for further information.