Professional Negligence

When you engage a professional advisor, you expect them to act with your best interests at heart and with reasonable care and skill. Given that we place a lot of trust in professional advisors, the law recognises that professionals owe a special duty of care to their clients. If a professional advisor does not live up to the standard expected of them, and you as their client suffers loss as a result, you may be able to make a claim against the advisor for the financial loss or physical injuries that arose as a result of the wrong or incomplete advice or incorrect actions.

To make a claim for professional negligence against an advisor, you will need to show that:

  • the professional owed you a duty of care;
  • the professional breached his or her duty of care, and
  • you suffered damage or injury as a result of the breach of duty.

To assist your claim, you should keep records of all of your interactions with the professional advisor, as they could be useful in proving your case.

Claims have been brought against professional advisors in many circumstances, including against:

  • real estate agents or property valuers who prepare incorrect property valuations;
  • lawyers who provide incorrect legal advice that cause their clients loss or damage;
  • doctors who provide negligent or malpractice treatment to a patient;
  • accountants or financial advisors who provide financial advice that is to their client’s detriment;
  • stockbrokers who recommends the purchase of a stock without doing sufficient due diligence that results in financial loss for the client;
  • engineers who make a mistake in building and construction calculations, which result in errors in the construction of the project.

The clock on the limitation period starts to run from when you suffered the damage, so if you believe you might have a claim against a professional advisor, be sure to seek legal advice as soon as possible.

Our professional negligence lawyers act for clients in claims against negligent professional advisors and our dedicated team can help you achieve the best result possible by:

  • determining whether the professional has breached his or her duty of care to you;
  • establishing whether you qualify to submit a claim;
  • developing a strategy for you on how to move ahead with your claim to receive the highest possible return to you;
  • negotiating with the professional advisor’s insurance company; and
  • representing you in court proceedings (if applicable in your case).

Simply contact our professional negligence lawyers on 1300 907 335 or complete the enquiry form on this page.

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