Professional Negligence

"a cohesive unit with members being able to take the lead at different times with no drop in the level of skill and service." The Legal 500, 2020

Businesses and individuals are becoming more and more reliant on their professional advisors to guide them and represent their interests, but when the professional advisors get it wrong they should expect to be held to account.

Our specialist team of litigators have extensive experience in acting for claimants in claims against professional advisors and are ranked in The Legal 500 as experts in this field. 

We conduct high value and complex claims on behalf of claimants (often through referrals from other professionals) for negligence, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and misrepresentation in the following areas:

We have particular expertise in dealing with cases where there are allegations of fraud and professional negligence claims involving trusts and estates.

We employ a wide range of methods to help promote early settlement where this is possible. However, if a resolution cannot be found, we engage in and manage litigation as pro-actively, efficiently and cost effectively as possible to ensure success for our clients at trial.

Professionals will usually have the benefit of professional indemnity insurance so that, assuming liability is established, claimants will be able to recover some or all of their loss and the majority of their legal costs of bringing the claim. In any event, we provide our clients with clear advice about costs and the various ways of funding a professional negligence claim, alongside strategic and commercial advice at every step of the case.

For more information, read our case studies and FAQs.




Kingsley Napley’s professional liability team has been growing in profile over recent years. It covers a broad range of professionals. Members of the team demonstrate acute understanding of the relevant law and pursue a careful strategy sensitive to the requirements of professionals and their insurers."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

A reputable law firm with a good reputation."

The Legal 500 UK, 2021

The team is a cohesive unit with members being able to take the lead at different times with no drop in the level of skill and service"

The Legal 500, 2020

Richard Foss and Mary Young were excellent in dealing with an ever changing case and were both very extremely professional in sometimes challenging circumstances"

The Legal 500, 2020

The strong team at Kingsley Napley LLP acts for entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients in claims involving solicitors, accountants, IFAs, trustees, and property and construction professionals."

The Legal 500, 2019

It also stands out for its experience in combined probate and professional negligence disputes"

The Legal 500, 2019

sensible, realistic view of cases - seizing only the points worth arguing"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession

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Professional Negligence FAQs

Read our frequently asked questions relating to professional negligence disputes.

Claims against Lawyers

Our experienced team of litigators act for claimants in bringing claims against lawyers when they get it wrong.

Claims against Finance Professionals

Our experienced team of litigators act for claimants in bringing claims against finance professionals when they get it wrong.

Claims against Property Professionals

Our experienced team of litigators act for claimants in bringing claims against property professionals when they get it wrong.

Civil Fraud and Investigations

The international nature of commerce and growing reliance on electronic communications mean that the number and value of fraud claims is rising.

Commercial and Contract Disputes

Corporate disputes can be stressful, disruptive and damaging. We provide tactical and strategic advice to businesses and individuals.

Dispute Resolution

Dealing with a dispute professionally and commercially takes skill. We assist and support our clients with both legal knowledge and strategy.

Financial Services Disputes

We represent individuals and businesses in high value and complex claims against banks and financial institutions.


If you need to prevent the loss of an asset, damage to reputation, or protect against personal harm, it may be necessary to apply for an injunction.

Insolvency Litigation

Our dispute resolution lawyers represent individuals, companies and insolvency practitioners on insolvency matters.

International and Cross-Border Disputes

When disputes involve individuals or organisations in different countries, those involved often face an array of complex issues in various jurisdictions.

Litigation Funding Options

Funding litigation can be expensive and cause concern. We hope to alleviate these concerns by offering our clients a bespoke funding package.

Reputation and Media

Protecting our clients’ reputation and maintaining control when they are the subject of media scrutiny is what we do.

Shareholder and Boardroom Disputes

When individuals fall out in business it can have devastating consequences. Our litigation team has extensive experience in resolving disputes.

Wills, Trusts and Inheritance Disputes

Bringing or defending disputes over wills, trusts and estates is especially demanding. Seeking expert legal advice at an early stage is crucial.

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Firms brace for negligence impact

When settlement advice goes wrong

Professional Negligence: the importance of the written word

Solicitors’ Delay in preparing a Will – When is it Negligent?

Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence – When does a Professional Negligence Claim arise?

Professional Negligence Claims arising in relation to Wills and Estates

Loss of Chance claims and the admissibility of “new” evidence

Out with the old and in with the new: The Insurance Act 2015 modernising 100 year old rules of insurance law

Professional negligence claims - requirement for clear advice and terms of engagement

Legal update: Professionals beware of your duty of care when providing gratuitous services

Legal update: Limitation periods - knowledge of negligence may not be sufficient to start the clock

Legal update: Bank negligent in providing inaccurate reference of player’s creditworthiness to casino

Artists need to be extra vigilant about tax in the current climate

Disclosure – the fine line between non-compliance and inept compliance

Court of Appeal upholds decision to extend limitation period in scam tax relief scheme

Expert shopping is not for the privileged

Professional negligence claims – trends in 2013

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) up for discussion

Case update: Court of Appeal criticises judge for refusing to recuse himself

Delay in drafting a Will can amount to professional negligence

Case Update: Court of Appeal reaffirms principles on limitation periods in professional negligence claims

Professional negligence claims - the breach must cause the loss

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