Melissa Worth analyses factors typically leading to professional negligence claims against solicitors – and how to minimise the risk

The number of negligence claims against solicitors always increases when the economy is suffering, but the large number of solicitors working remotely during the pandemic has provided the perfect storm.

June’s Supreme Court judgment in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton [2021] UKSC 20 means claimants can argue that there is greater range, or number, of losses within the scope of a solicitor’s duty.

The pandemic will have exacerbated existing problems, but will not be the root cause of negligence claims. Here is my take on the top five factors leading to claims against solicitors.

1.     IT systems

There is pressure on solicitors to as...

Melissa Worth
Commercial Disputes Partner
Bexley Beaumont

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