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Professional Negligence Lawyers

Chancery Lane based Cubism Law is one of the leading professional negligence firms, with in-depth expertise and experience in acting both for and against professionals claiming damages for professional negligence. Our four specialist consultants in this area: Peter Zombory-MoldovanKaren Pollock, Duncan McNair and Peter Mellett all have partner level backgrounds in leading City law firms focusing on professional negligence and professional indemnity matters. They bring a wealth of knowledge and skill to their practice, whether representing private individuals, partnerships or companies in disputes arising out of professional negligence, breaches of professional duty or fraud by professionals.

Clients particularly appreciate our practical, user-friendly and cost-efficient approach to resolving professional negligence disputes, wherever possible without the need for litigation; where this cannot be avoided, we handle proceedings (including arbitrations and adjudications) with determination and vigour, never losing sight of the client’s commercial objectives and the need to contain costs. We act for both claimants and defendants.

We advise on and act in professional negligence claims against all classes of professional, including:

Auctioneers Negligence

Auctioneers normally owe duties to both sellers and buyers, and actionable financial loss can be incurred where an auctioneer has negligently mis-described goods consigned to it. We have special expertise in the area of works of art, antiques and antiquities which includes recently securing substantial sums in compensation for clients whose goods were mislaid by an auction house. Discretion can be all-important in this area; where appropriate, we seek to resolve such disputes confidentially and without recourse to litigation.

Construction Professionals Negligence

Contractors (and sub-contractors) with design responsibility may be liable in construction cases where, for example, defective or unsuitable materials have been used, or where unsuitable design has compromised the performance of the finished building. Claims may be brought by developers or, in many cases, by subsequent purchasers or tenants who have suffered loss. Such claims can be highly technical in nature. Our professional negligence consultants have wide-ranging experience in this area and can advise on all aspects of such disputes, including adjudications under the Housing Grants and Regeneration Act 1996.

Professional negligence claims against engineers most often arise in the context of construction disputes. Structural engineers may face liability not only in cases of catastrophic failure but also where necessary rectification in the course of construction has resulted in delay to the works. Mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineers may be liable where, for example, inadequacies in their design or specification have resulted in defective services or caused delay in the programme. The often highly technical nature of such disputes demands in-depth expertise of the type which our professional negligence consultants offer.

Independent Financial Advisors (IFA's) Negligence

The mis-selling of pensions may be the most prominent example of widespread professional negligence by IFAs, but it is by no means the only area where negligent financial advice has caused widespread loss on the part of savers and investors. Poor investment advice, often stemming from a failure to recommend financial products or securities appropriate to a client’s appetite for risk, is still not uncommon, and recent periods of extreme volatility in asset markets have in some cases resulted in significant losses to the victims of such negligence. The quantification of recoverable loss in such cases can be highly complex. Our professional negligence consultants can advise and are well placed to assist, for example, with the preparation of clients’ complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service.


Estate Agents and Mortgage Brokers Negligence

Professional negligence claims against property agents used to be relatively rare, but this is no longer the case. Our professional negligence consultants have acted, for instance, for vendors whose estate agents failed to disclose that they had also been retained by the purchasers. Claims of this nature may involve allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and even fraud and need special expertise, which our professional negligence consultants are well placed to offer. We also handle professional negligence and contractual claims against letting agents (e.g. for negligent failure to ascertain the suitability of tenants) and managing agents.

Hitherto something of a rarity, professional negligence claims against mortgage brokers look set to increase in number. The bursting of the buy-to-let speculative bubble, in particular, seems likely to expose some mortgage brokers to claims by disappointed investors (and in some cases by lenders who have been hit by mortgage fraud). This is still a developing area of the law of professional negligence and Cubism Law’s specialists in the area of property finance negligence claims are here to help clients steer a way through it.

Miscellaneous Negligence

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we have experience in claims against many other groups of professionals. Please note that we do not deal with clinical negligence claims.

Funding your Professional Negligence Claim

The costs of bringing a claim to trial can be substantial and anyone contemplating litigation should be aware of the substantial investment they will have to make both in terms of time and money. Cubism prides itself on its innovation and will work with its clients to find the best solution to fund a claim of merit. The different options for professional negligence claim funding are set out below:

We will advise you on the different options open to you to fund the case in a transparent fashion. 


Contacting our Professional Negligence Lawyers

If you would like to arrange an initial consultation please call 0207 831 0101 and ask to speak to the professional negligence team, or use the 'get in touch' form on this page to send us some initial information about your case and we will call you back.

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