Professional negligence solicitors
Our breath of experience includes advising and representing our clients in claims against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers, surveyors and banks.
Specialist professional negligence team
Harper Macleod’s professional negligence team has a track-record of strong results. We are best known for acting on the claimant/pursuer side, pursuing claims against banking and financial services, accountancy, surveyor, legal, and construction professionals and negotiating with the major professional indemnity insurers and their panel solicitors to secure a successful outcome.
Our clients include financial institutions, funds, businesses of all sizes and private individuals.
We recognise the sensitivities which can be associated with making claims against former trusted advisers and have a strong track record of successfully resolving professional negligence claims by mediation.
Where court proceedings are required we are able to call upon some of the country’s most accomplished litigators to represent our clients throughout Scotland, within the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session.
The team has notable experience in pursuing legal professionals and is regularly instructed to pursue claims against solicitors. As one of the lead advisers to the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, we have a real expertise in issues of professional standards and discipline within the legal sector.
Banks, Financial Services and Insurance
Free from the conflicts faced by our major competitors, our team has developed a strong reputation for pursuing negligence claims against professionals in the banking, financial services and insurance sectors.
We have an excellent reputation for pursuing negligence claims against engineers, architects and surveyors. At one end of the scale, the team has pursued some of the highest profile claims in this area in Scotland but we also regularly advise individuals on claims for professional negligence relating to house renovations or extensions.
We acted for our client in a multi-million pound claim for professional negligence against a major international law firm, arising from professional negligence in the due diligence associated with the sale of an offshore property investment trust.
We successfully acted for a client in the healthcare sector in a professional negligence action against a law firm arising out of the negligent conduct of an earlier commercial action.
We acted for liquidators of a lender against a firm of surveyors. The lender had relied on a valuation for the purposes of providing loan finance however when the borrower defaulted the subjects were sold for less than half that valuation. We secured a significant settlement sum plus expenses, allowing a substantially higher dividend to be paid to creditors.
We acted in a substantial claim arising from negligent advice given by a firm of insurance brokers in relation to the purchase of a life assurance policy by our client’s late spouse.
We acted in a claim for damages arising out of the allegedly negligent and fraudulent conduct of a financial adviser in relation to a property investment in the United States. The case involved allegations of negligence in relation to a prima facie “execution only” investment, and also significant cross jurisdictional issues.
We represented partners of a company who had obtained advice from their accountants in both their individual and company capacities. The accountants had breached their duties of care to the company and both individuals and a loss was suffered directly attributable to these breaches. The advice given by the accountants stretched back for decades and only following our advice did the clients realise they had a claim.
We acted for a high street bank in two high-value actions for professional negligence, against a firm of monitoring surveyors instructed by the bank to supervise a major construction project, and against another law firm in respect of sums the release of deeds of restriction in contravention of instructions.
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