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Professional Negligence

Blacks Solicitors’ Professional Negligence team provide a full range of dispute resolution services in relation to claims against professionals which includes negotiation, mediation, adjudication, expert determination, arbitration, and litigation in the Technology and Construction Court.

At some point you and your business will need to rely on professionals be they lawyers, surveyors, or financial advisers.

Has a professional adviser let you down, and caused you or your business losses?

The majority of the time professional advisers provide a proper service in accordance with their instructions and professional duties; but things can go wrong.

Professional Negligence is a breach of the duty of care, which professionals owe to their clients, that causes a loss, and most professionals carry insurance against which claims can be made.

Our team has extensive experience in dealing with claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, mortgage brokers, and other advisers giving advice in a professional capacity.

Construction Disputes

We deal with all types of disputes arising out of construction and building contracts, against surveyors, architects, and engineers, including:

  • Claims for outstanding payments
  • Breaches of contract
  • Claims for liquidated damages
  • Claims for extensions of time
  • Claims relating to defective workmanship

Our team are also experienced in dealing with claims for associated loss and expense caused by delay or disruption to a building project, final account disputes, use of withholding notices, and claims relating to the cost of carrying out additional works (or variations) under a contract.


For more information about how we can help you, or for a no obligation discussion, please email or call Blacks’ Professional Negligence team today on 0113 207 0000.

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