Professional Negligence occurs when a professional fails to meet their responsibilities to the required standard or breaches their duty of care to their client, resulting in the client suffering damage or financial loss.


A ‘professional’ can be anyone considered to have expertise in the services they provide, often someone who has been through specific training and is part of a regulated industry; for example: an accountant, solicitor, surveyor, financial advisor or architect, etc.


Examples include:

  • Failure to advise on tax reliefs
  • Failure to identify structural problems with a businesses’ property
  • Inadequate insurance or cover provided upon advised policies
  • Poor investment recommendations
  • Loss, failure or late filing of accounts paperwork

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