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Award of compensation in professional negligence claim.

Richard Wood, the head of the CNCI team, has successfully concluded a claim against another firm of solicitors for an under settlement of a personal injury claim.

The Claimant had previously been represented by a leading, national personal injury firm who had advised the Claimant in respect of a claim for damages as a result of injuries that she had sustained. Following settlement of her claim the Claimant became concerned that issues of significance to her had not been properly investigated and pursued by her former solicitors. She therefore sought advice about the potential for recovering further compensation.

A claim was advanced against the previous solicitors on the basis that there had been substandard advice to the Claimant amounting to professional negligence, and that the earlier claim had been significantly undervalued. Although the claim against the solicitors was initially strongly contested, the claim was settled by negotiation with the Claimant accepting the sum of £30,000.