New statistics show that solicitors are facing a rising number of professional negligence claims. It is unsurprising that professionals make mistakes; they vary from trivial typographical errors, to criminal dishonesty.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority recently revealed that professional negligence claims have cost insurers over £2bn over the past decade. Nearly half of this is made up in conveyancing claims.
Individuals and businesses rely heavily upon the opinion of professionals and as some work can be extremely complex, mistakes are bound to happen. These mistakes can cause trust and confidence in professionals to breakdown. It is common that after feeling failed by a professional you would not want to place trust in another.
The complexity of civil procedure rules and the difficulties that occur when people represent themselves in court are well known and several judicial speeches have recently surveyed this trend. They conclude that without professional lawyers to advise there are more cases going to Court rather than being resolved in the pre action phase. This means lengthier timeframes for claims and more distress. Being involved in litigation can be a strenuous and challenging experience even when you have the support of a solicitor, doing it yourself is not advised.
People sometimes act for themselves in legal cases, understandably, because of problems caused by professionals in whom they placed trust. Not all solicitors will let you down though, and it is always advised that you do use proper legal representation. Funding a claim can be easier than a litigant in person believes; there are many different options available.
Instructing a solicitor to deal with the process for you can reduce the stress and challenges conducting a professional negligence claim brings.
If you have been the victim of professional negligence and you would like to find an experienced legal representative to support you then get in touch.