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What is Professional Negligence?

Naturally a certain level of skill and care is expected when you instruct a professional person; if a professional fails to perform to the standard required of them this is known as professional negligence.

As an individual or business it is likely there will come a time in your life when you need to instruct a professional such as an accountant, solicitor, financial advisor or architect for specialist advice.

Professional negligence can have a detrimental impact both on a personal and commercial level, resulting in lost time and money, and unnecessary stress as well as missed opportunities and potential bankruptcy or business failure. It can often occur as a result of a professional trying to give advice on an area outside of their expertise or passing the work on to a colleague who doesn’t have the sufficient knowledge required.

To argue a successful negligence dispute you have to do more than establish that the professional you instructed failed to spot something crucial or gave bad advice; you must also be able to prove that the level of service given by the professional amounts to a breach of duty and has directly caused you financial loss. This is not always easy to prove, but at Rotheras our Dispute Resolution team have a wealth of experience in dealing with professional negligence claims and can help you in navigating this complex area of law and building up a successful case.

Why use Rotheras for a Negligence Dispute?

We have significant experience advising both individuals and businesses on professional negligence claims.

We have made claims for professional negligence across a wide range of industries.

We will assess the prospects of your claim, and where we think you have a case we will assist you in pursuing the claim.

You will be assigned a lead fee earner who will keep you updated on progress at every stage.

We can advise on resolving your case through various methods of alternative dispute resolution including negotiation, mediation and arbitration in an attempt to avoid court proceedings.

We will work closely with you to prove causation and demonstrate whether or not the losses you have suffered are a direct or indirect result of the negligence of the professional you are seeking to pursue.

We will ascertain the losses you’ve suffered as a result of the breach of duty and ask the courts to restore you to the position you were in before receiving the negligent advice from the professional.

We can help you with Professional Negligence claims against:

  • Architects
  • Accountants
  • Solicitors
  • Financial Advisors
  • Tax Advisors
  • Surveyors
  • Valuers
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Engineers
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Richard Bates leads the Litigation and Dispute Resolution team at Rotheras. Richard is a litigation specialist and can provide a wide range of services to both commercial and private clients.

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Richard Hammond

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Richard Hammond is a Dispute Resolution specialist and mediator at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors. Richard is also a notary public, processing client documents for international use.

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Terhi Sygrove is a debt recovery specialist and head of the debt recovery department at Nottingham-based law firm Rotheras Solicitors.

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Paige Regardsoe

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Paige Regardsoe is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution department and is based at our Lace Market office.

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Millie Moreton

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Millie Moreton is a paralegal in Rotheras commercial and dispute resolution departments and is based at our Lace Market office.

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