Professional negligence solicitors
Our dispute resolution team can help with negligence claims against professionals such as accountants, surveyors, solicitors and financial advisers.
Claims for professional negligence in Scotland
We trust professionals to deal with many important aspects of our lives and businesses, from buying a home or managing our investments to designing a hospital or advising on a share deal.
Unfortunately, professionals make mistakes, and the consequences can be disastrous for those relying upon them. If that happens, you need sound, realistic advice on your legal options and the steps you might take to resolve the situation.
Our team of lawyers across Scotland, with offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness and Highlands and Shetland, have wide ranging experience dealing with professional negligence claims in the Sheriff Court, Court of Session and through alternative dispute resolution. They are well placed to discuss your options with you.
Our Professional Negligence team is recognised as a Tier 1 practice by the Legal 500 and is headed up by Sandy Hastie and David Kerr.
Common questions about professional negligence
Proof of professional negligence requires a court to be satisfied that the defender has departed from the standards of their profession, and has done so in a manner which no ordinarily skilled professional acting with ordinary care would have done.
To arrive at such a conclusion, the Court will almost always require to hear evidence from an expert witness as to the standard practices of the profession in question and any departure from that.
It is of course incumbent on the pursuer to prove the facts he alleges to constitute professional negligence in the ordinary manner, which witnesses, documentary and material evidence.
Professional negligence claims, like any contentious matter, can take a considerable amount of time to resolve. Ofter such claims involve high levels of technical analysis and competing expert opinion, added to thorny issues of fact and law.
However, discussions between experts can helpfully add to the various methods of alternative dispute resolution, which can provide an opportunity for parties to resolve their differences at a relatively early stage in proceedings.
“I am very grateful for your professional skills, thoughtful communication and especially for your patience and personal kindness.”
“E-Ming Fong is very methodical. A highly capable individual, her case analysis is forever impressive.”
“David Kerr and Sandy Hastie are first class – technically sound and very pragmatic.” “The team is largely a pursuer practice but they are instructed in high-profile and complicated cases against professionals, often at the higher value end of the spectrum of these cases. David Kerr is one of the stand out figures in this area of the law.”
“John McHugh is well regarded and brings vast experience to his cases.”
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