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Has your lawyer been negligent?

Lawyers owe various duties to their clients, including a duty to provide legal services with reasonable care, skill and diligence. If a lawyer breaches their duty to their client, they may be accountable to their client for losses they have suffered as a direct result of the breach.

Am I eligible to take action?

There are many examples of negligence or unsatisfactory conduct that lawyers can be held accountable for, including:

  • Giving poor or wrong legal advice
  • Sending out false or misleading communications
  • Failing to take action before the expiry of the statutory limitation period
  • Suing the wrong party
  • Terminating the retainer without valid grounds
  • Acting without proper instructions
  • Poorly drafting a legal document or contract

A poor result doesn't necessarily count as negligence

Failing to obtain the outcome you'd hoped for in your case does not mean your lawyer has been negligent. The likely success of a claim comes down to a range of factors, many of which are out of your lawyer's control. This makes case outcomes hard to predict.

That said, legal professionals do have a duty of care and a responsibility to perform their duties to a reasonable standard. So if you think your representation has fallen below these standards and you have been the victim of legal negligence, you should speak to us today. We can help you determine whether or not you have a case, and the best options for moving forward.

Act quickly

Professional negligence claims are subject to strict time restrictions. The limitation period varies depending on the legislation applicable in your state, however, it is generally 3-6 years. Talk to us today to find out where you stand.

We understand that all cases are different

Our clients aren't just numbers to us. We work closely with you to understand your individual circumstances so that we can accurately determine the losses you have suffered and the compensation you may be entitled to. We'll make sure you know exactly where you stand so you can make a confident, informed decision about whether or not to pursue action

Seek advice from the experts

If you have concerns about the way your lawyer has handled an issue, you have the right to speak to them directly about it. You also have the right to report mishandling of a legal issue to the relevant commission in your state or territory.

If their actions have caused you significant financial loss or damages, you should seek independent advice as soon as possible. Our team have many decades of experience in helping clients who have been irresponsibly represented by other lawyers. We can help you hold them accountable.

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