Cripps Harries Hall

Professional negligence

Claims against professionals such as solicitors, accountants, surveyors, architects and doctors are increasing. These days, people expect more from their professional advisers, and rightly so.

If you are let down by a professional, you may be entitled to compensation from them or their insurers.

What we do

Our role is to hear your story, look at the relevant papers, understand what went wrong and let you know whether you have a claim.

It is always necessary to balance the cost of pursuing a claim against the likely outcome. In some cases we can agree to work on a Conditional Fee Agreement ('no win no fee'). In others we can offer alternative methods of billing. We try to accommodate your particular circumstances.

Most claims are settled without the need to go to court. We adopt a balanced but robust approach in the negotiating process.

We have excellent relations with the top barristers' chambers practising in professional negligence and, where a barrister is required to assist with your case, we will ensure that you receive the most appropriate and specialist help.

Why Cripps Harries Hall?

We have a team of lawyers who specialise in bringing claims against professionals. Our experience is extensive and covers all professional disciplines. Our aim is to achieve the best possible result in the most cost efficient way for you.

Our professional negligence team is ranked number one by Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to UK Solicitors 2014 and Russell Simpson is ranked as a leading individual.  All of the team are members of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association.


We will consider with all clients the most appropriate means of funding their claim and in suitable cases can offer:

  • Fixed fees
  • Deferred payment arrangements
  • 'No win, no fee' agreements

As well as considering your case in an initial free, no obligation, telephone discussion we will also discuss with you whether your case is suitable for an alternative funding option.

Next steps

For further information please contact Russell Simpson or Philip Youdan on their direct dial numbers above or use the Contact us options on the right hand side of this page.



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+ Cripps shortlisted for Citywealth Magic Circle Awards
We are delighted to be shortlisted for the Citywealth Magic Circle Awards 2014 for ‘Law Firm of the Year – Regional’ category.
  • Acting for clients in relation to a claim valued in the region of £0.5m against surveyors who had negligently failed to identify fundamental problems with the structural integrity of the client's property in a survey prior to purchase.
  • Acting in a claim against accountants for negligent advice in relation to the tax consequences of a multi-million pound share buy-back.
  • Acting against a firm of surveyors relating to the negligent valuation of a residential property where the surveyors had failed to identify the correct structure resulting in the over-valuation of the property at the time of the client's purchase.
  • Acting for a family where the husband (and father) died as a result of the negligence of a well known hospital. Claim on-going with value in excess of £400,000
  • Acting for a client who had commenced High Court proceedings seeking substantial damages from his former solicitor and barrister for allegedly negligent advice given to him to settle a complicated commercial claim.
  • Acting in a claim against solicitors who acting in the administration of an estate had negligently advised the beneficiaries that the deceased's shares could not be sold until a Grant of Probate was obtained.
  • Acting against a mortgage lender relating to the repossession sale of the client's residential property at an undervalue estimated to be in the region of £130,000.
  • Negotiating a settlement of a claim against a firm of solicitors for negligent advice in relation to a conveyancing transaction. The case involved the clients being unable to use part of their accommodation as residential and was rigorously defended on complex causation and planning issues.
  • Acting for a national charity against a nationally recognised firm of surveyors for negligent planning advice and applications over the course of two years in relation to one of the charity's properties.
Name Role Contact
David Morgan Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 048
Katie Mundy Solicitor +44 (0)1892 506 067
Russell Simpson Partner +44 (0)1892 506 139
Ed Weeks Partner +44 (0)1892 506 196
Philip Youdan Partner +44 (0)1892 506 027
Legal updates view all
+ Professional negligence update - The limitation period in solicitor negligence claims - July 2013
The recent case of Susan Berney v Thomas Saul (t/a Thomas Saul & Co) [2013] EWCA Civ 640 is an interesting illustration of when the six year limitation period for negligence claims commences.
+ Wasted costs: flag it up
Sharma and Judkins v Hunters [2011] EWHC 2546 (Fam) and [2012] WTLR 259 What does the court consider when an application is made against solicitors for a wasted costs order?
+ The Jackson Reforms - Adapt to survive
The controversy surrounding the Jackson Reforms continues but the new rules come into force in April 2013 regardless of the ongoing concerns. This article looks at the implications for Will, Trust and Estate Dispute practitioners.
+ Professional negligence - Linking the negligence to the loss - January 2013
An issue which arises frequently in professional negligence claims is exemplified in the case of Platform Funding Ltd v Anderson and Associates Ltd [2010] EWHC 1853 (QB). There may have been a breach of duty on the part of the professional, but did this cause the loss?
+ Professional negligence - Legal update - Autumn 2012
Professional negligence - Legal update - Autumn 2012
+ Professional negligence update - Solicitors fail to caveat advice - July 2012
The recent case of Herrmann v Withers LLP [2012] EWHC 1492 (Ch) was an interesting example of the importance of caveating advice to clients when a particular point is not absolutely clear.
+ Professional negligence update
Limitation periods: is there a continuous duty to advise?
+ Professional negligence update
Limitation periods: is there a continuous duty to advise?
+ Professional negligence legal update - A solicitor's duty to keep advice under review? - March 2012
Solicitors and their archiving staff will breathe a sigh of relief following the professional negligence case of Shepherd Construction Ltd v Pinsent Masons LLP [2012] EWHC 43 (TCC), which confirms that there is not normally a general retainer to keep past advice under review.
+ Professional negligence update - March 2012
Is expert evidence necessary for a professional negligence claim?
+ Professional negligence update - Solicitors duty to advise... for free? - February 2012
The recent professional negligence case of Padden v Bevan Ashford Solicitors [2011] EWCA CIV 1616 is likely to cause a stir amongst solicitors in relation to the pitfalls of not advising properly, even with the best of intentions and when the client is not charged.
+ Professional negligence update - Limitation: claim against solicitors relating to purchase of a property - January 2012
Limitation: claim against solicitors relating to purchase of a property
+ Professional negligence update - January 2012
Measure of loss on failure to advise on planning conditions
+ Professional negligence - Legal update - November 2011
Surveyors held liable for £18m overvaluation
+ Professional negligence update - November 2011
Scope of a retainer in property transactions did not extend to commercial advice about the transactions
+ Professional negligence update - October 2011
Solicitors should seek clarification if an expert report is unclear
+ Professional negligence update - October 2011
Should solicitors obtain medical evidence whenever they are instructed by an elderly client? That would be 'insulting and unnecessary'
+ Professional negligence update - August 2011
Valuer's duty of care to buy to let purchaser. Reliance upon counsel's advice. Explaining CFA's
+ Professional negligence update - Summer 2011
In this issue we look at some of the main developments affecting professional negligence so far this year. With a landmark judgment for expert witnesses, and not forgetting the proposed costs reforms, it has certainly been an eventful year so far!
Guidance view all
+ A brief guide to professional negligence claims
Claims against professionals, such as accountants, financial advisers, solicitors, surveyors and architects, have become more common in recent years.
Publications view all
+ CrippsLife issue 18 - Spring 2013
News, views and legal issues
In the press view all
+ Professional let down
Claims against professionals are on the rise, but the process can be complex and legal sdvice should be sought as soon as possible to help the claimant navigate the many complex issues which can arise

Key contacts

Russell Simpson
Professional negligence
+44 (0)1892 506 139
Philip Youdan
Professional negligence
+44 (0)1892 506 027

Contact Us

For an inital free, no obligation telephone consutlation, call

T: 0845 3888 398

or send us your details and we will contact you

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What others say

"Engaged, gives sound advice, and doesn't rush. A very steady pair of hands." (Russell Simpson)

Chambers UK - A Client's Guide to UK Solicitors

Cripps Harries Hall provides 'a very good service', and in 2012 acted in a number of claims agsinst surveyors and solicitors. Russell Simpson is recommended.

The Legal 500

"Throughout Katie Mundy has proved to be unfailingly supportive, patiently explaining the rather taxing legal procedures."

Client comment

"Thank you for the way you have handled the business throughout. It was always going to be difficult and distressing but it made it easier to be working with professionals who understood our situation and from where we were coming."

Client comment

Practice head Russell Simpson brings over 20 years' experience in the professional negligence sector. He wins praise for his "great judgement and proactive approach."

Chambers UK - A Clients Guide to UK Solicitors