Group action litigation and professional negligence

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The experienced professional negligence team at Penningtons Manches advises claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims brought by or against individuals, businesses and trustees, including cases against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and other professionals.

Professional negligence claims can be complex and often involve difficult and technical issues of fact and law. Our lawyers will quickly and accurately identify the strengths and weaknesses of a case, advising on the best strategic approach to maximise the chances of a successful outcome.

Acting at the forefront of the professional negligence market, we are presently litigating numerous important claims involving developing issues of law, such as the scope of a professional’s duty (recently considered by the Supreme Court in BPE v Hughes Holland), the application of extended limitation periods in professional negligence claims and the circumstances in which a professional’s insurer may refuse to indemnify claims.

In addition to representing individual claimants and defendants, our professional negligence team is recognised for its expertise in the growing field of group action litigation, and is currently advising action groups on several high profile, high value, multi-party claims against solicitors and other professionals. Our unique experience, innovative approach and reputation in this quickly developing field enable us to prosecute claims more efficiently and more effectively than our competitors, and produce the best possible results for our clients.   

We appreciate that if groups of individuals have suffered losses in unfortunate circumstances, it can be difficult and/or unappealing for them to invest further funds in litigation in order to recover their assets. When there appears to be a strong case for group action claims, our lawyers are often willing to act on the basis of conditional fee agreements, also known as no win no fee agreements, providing claimants with access to justice that might not otherwise be available.

We offer expert advice on:

  • representing both claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims
  • group action litigation on behalf of individuals, investors, shareholders and members of professional and trade bodies
  • the extent of professionals’ duties to their clients
  • the losses that are and are not recoverable by claimants for breaches by professionals
  • enforcing awards against professional indemnity insurers if professionals are insolvent

Recent work highlights

Group action by holiday home purchasers

Winning a case for over 100 clients against their former lawyers, Giambrone & Law, in relation to sums lost in off-plan developments in Calabria, Italy.


Claim against solicitors for property transaction losses

Advising a group of over 90 claimants in proceedings against Graham & Rosen solicitors concerning purchases in failed hotel and student accommodation developments.


Ponzi fraud scheme

Representing 21 claimants in a group action to recover sums lost in a Ponzi scheme operated by a fraudulent mortgage broker.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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