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Professional Negligence By Lawyers

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What is Professional Negligence by Lawyers?

When you hire a lawyer, it’s usually because you have a legal issue or an important transaction that requires expert guidance. Whether you are dealing with a complex property dispute, a contract dispute with a business partner or looking to protect your rights as an entrepreneur, you rely on your lawyer to safeguard your legal interests and to achieve the best possible outcome. Unfortunately, mistakes by lawyers can have a significant impact on your case and your business. This is what you should know about professional negligence by lawyers. 

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Can I Sue A Solicitor, Lawyer, Barrister Or Another Legal Professional For Negligence?

Discover the 3 main elements that make up a compelling negligence case:

Duty of care:

The legal professional had a duty to provide you with a reasonable standard of care, which includes giving you appropriate advice and representation, and adhering to relevant laws and regulations

Breach of duty:

The legal professional failed to meet their duty of care, for example by not giving appropriate advice, missing deadlines, or failing to keep you informed about the progress of your case.


The legal professional’s failure to meet their duty of care resulted in you suffering harm or loss, such as financial loss, an adverse outcome in your case or wasted time and costs.

Causation of Harm or Loss

In a negligence-related lawsuit, causation is important to assess because it can affect the proportion of fault the court will assign to a party and how much that party will have to pay in damages.
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How To Lodge A Complaint

Lawyers are expected to provide professional services with a reasonable level of care and skill. If a lawyer fails to meet this standard, they may be found liable for negligence and could lose their practising certificate. If you have concerns about the way a legal professional has handled an issue, you have the right to speak to them directly about it. You also have the right to make a complaint. But if their actions have caused you financial loss or damages, you should seek independent advice. You can start with this Free Short Guide to Professional Negligence By Lawyers
How The Complaints Process Works
If you lodge a complaint against a lawyer, it will be assessed by one of the Commission’s legal officers. They may decide to:

Take no further action.

This may be due to a delay in filing the complaint, the circumstances of the complaint, a lack of evidence for the alleged conduct, or because the conduct was of a nature that is not appropriate for investigation.

Commence an investigation.

If the outcome of the investigation does not find misconduct or unprofessional conduct, the complaint will not go forward for disciplinary measures. It's important to note that investigations can take a long time to resolve.

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