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Solicitors' practice areas

Professional negligence

Professional services providers - solicitors, barristers, surveyors, accountants, independent financial advisers, insurance brokers, architects, engineers and others - all run the risk of giving negligent advice to clients. A solicitor may make a mistake in their review of a property's legal title, while a surveyor may provide an overvaluation to a mortgage lender or house buyer. Architects sometimes miscalculate when drawing up plans and financial advisers have been known to recommend the wrong products. Clients seeking redress can take some comfort from the fact that professionals carry insurance for just these situations, but usually there's a legal battle to be had before compensation is paid. Lawyers specialising in professional negligence disputes will commonly represent either insurance companies or claimants, and the claims they handle range from the relatively low-value to the absolutely enormous, particularly when related to the construction of large buildings. When Wembley Stadium was built, for example, it led to a raft of negligence claims. See also Clinical law.