Professional negligence solicitors

Claims against professionals continue to increase. We have a highly experienced team of professional negligence solicitors who are well-versed in claims against all types of professionals.

We have advised on claims against:

  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Surveyors / Valuers
  • Independent Financial Advisors
  • Pension Trustees

Richard Cook, who heads the commercial litigation team has over 20 years' experience in the field. Originally Richard acted for defendant insurers and self-insured professionals such as accountants before developing a claimant-driven practice at Shoosmiths. Whilst there, Richard acted in the leading case of Johnson v Gore Wood & Co. This involved two separate hearings before the Court of Appeal and a successful appeal to the House of Lords on two issues: the striking out of a claim for abuse of process and the circumstances in which a shareholder can bring a claim for loss suffered by him personally when a company owned and controlled by him had previously brought a similar claim.

Since joining Trethowans Richard has concluded professional negligence settlements in a multi-million pound claim against a well-known firm of accountants in relation to advice given to a pension scheme and a claim against a planning consultant over failure to protect a planning permission. Richard also acted in the case of Youlton v Charles Russell, a six day trial before Mr Justice Warren in the Chancery Division of the High Court, claiming in the region of £4 million for negligent advice over the authority of company directors to enter into agreements on behalf of the company. Judgment was given in our client's favour.

Jon Kelly, another partner in our commercial litigation team, also has substantial experience in the field of professional negligence, particularly in the context of banking and insolvency. Jon has represented some of the largest UK banks and other financial institutions in negligence claims against solicitors and valuers. His experience includes claims for inadequately drafted security documents and over-valuation.

The cases that the professional negligence solicitors in the team deal with are not just high value claims, many are for much smaller amounts. In each case the objective is to try and settle the claim as quickly as possible, using the professional negligence Pre-Action Protocol and mediation as an alternative to litigation. A significant number of professional negligence claims do not in fact even get to the stage where court proceedings are necessary, meaning that a settlement is achieved within months rather than years.

We are flexible and innovative in relation to funding in appropriate circumstances. This can involve, in appropriate cases, conducting claims under a Conditional Fee Agreement where you only pay the disbursements as the claim proceeds, or discounted fee arrangements where a lower fee is charged if the claim is unsuccessful but a larger fee if it succeeds. Details of these arrangements can be provided on request.

Ian Singleton also has expertise in the area of professional negligence.

Meet the team

Andrew Carswell
Partner & Head of Commercial Litigation Team Poole
Commercial Litigation
Poole
01202 339044
0779 381 6845
Commercial Litigation
Richard Cook
Partner & Head of Commercial Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0525
07876 213 885
Commercial Litigation
Jon Kelly
Partner
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0467
07900 913 277
Commercial Litigation
Ian Singleton
Partner
Commercial Litigation
Salisbury
01722 426929
07881 343 965
Commercial Litigation
Jennifer Bowes
Associate
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0512
Commercial Litigation
William Sclater
Senior Associate
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0463
07917 446 575
Commercial Litigation
Emma Clark
Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0478
Commercial Litigation
Verne Lake
Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Poole
01202 673071
Commercial Litigation
Sue Usher
Chartered Legal Executive
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0473
Commercial Litigation
Nadine Lally
Paralegal
Commercial Litigation
Salisbury
01722 426906
Commercial Litigation
Samuel Salter-Galbraith
Trainee Solicitor
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0510
Commercial Litigation
Janet Ferguson
Legal Secretary
Commercial Litigation
Poole
01202 339012
Commercial Litigation
Kelly Lowe
Legal Secretary
Commercial Litigation
Southampton
023 8082 0529
Commercial Litigation

First person - Disputes & Litigation

Richard Cook