Professional Negligence

There have always been legal claims brought against professionals for not doing their job properly as a result of which it is alleged that people have suffered a loss. Three things must be proved for a professional negligence action to be successful. Firstly, it must be shown that a duty of care (obligation) was owed to the wronged party. Secondly, it must be determined if this duty of care was breached. Thirdly, it must be established that an actual financial loss was suffered as a result of that breach.
Since 2008 and the economic downturn in particular, such cases against professionals have become much more common. Professionals can include solicitors, accountants, architects, engineers, surveyors, financial advisors, auctioneers or insurance brokers. Indeed, a professional in the modern world is really anyone who accepts a fee for the rendering of a service which is advice based. Professional negligence actions can be extremely complex and only an experienced specialist lawyer should be retained to advise on and deal with this type of legal matter.
We at Holohan Lane LLP have been to the forefront in advising on both the prosecution and defence of such actions. This includes litigation of the issues but can equally involve ADR methods and mediation in particular. Bill Holohan is one of the two authors of “Lawyers Professional Negligence and Insurance” which is the definitive and authoritative Irish legal text in this area.
We have been involved in professional negligence actions for and against professionals of all kinds for over twenty years. We have a unique collection of legal experience, insight and know-how. We regularly act for some of the leading Irish and International insurers.

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