Many of us from time to time place ourselves in the hands of professionals such as Solicitors or Barristers, Accountants or Independent Financial Advisors, Surveyors, Architects and Valuers.
When a professional is engaged to provide a specialist service, then that professional owes a duty of care by virtue of his contract or retainer with the client, to provide the best possible advice and service to that client. The very essence of a professional being instructed may suggest that the advice or work that is undertaken will have financial implications for the client.
If a professional breaches his or her duty of care or provides a sub-standard service which causes an individual financial loss, then the victim of such professional negligence is entitled to bring a claim for compensation. It has often been thought that professionals are above the law but this is far from correct and although many solicitors are not willing to pursue claims against other professionals, particularly Solicitors or Barristers, at Campbell Courtney & Cooney Solicitors we have a niche department which pursues professional negligence claims with the aim of ensuring that victims of professional negligence are justly compensated for their losses.
Most professionals are required by their governing body to take out full indemnity insurance cover in the event of a claim being made against them and with our careful risk assessment we are able, at Campbell Courtney & Cooney, to provide our clients with an opportunity to bring that claim, often by way of Conditional Fee Agreement (“No Win No Fee”) and with the added reassurance of protective insurance cover through an After-the-Event (ATE) insurance scheme endorsed by the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association (PNLA).
Our professional negligence claims department is headed by Chris Cooney who is an active member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers’ Association and all of the fee earners in this department are members of the PNLA. We are therefore dedicated to helping victims of professional negligence be justly compensated for their losses and to taking the stress and strains out of bringing such a claim against a professional and his or her insurer.
20 Nov 2018
Most business premises are let out on commercial leases. This is an agreement between the landlord and the tenant, which sets out all of the relevant agreements and obligations between the parties.
A recent case made for a good headline, but actually the decision was sensible in the unusual circumstances that applied in the case.
We reported in an earlier newsletter about the interesting case involving Asher's bakery in Northern Ireland.