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Case Studies

We represented a client in a claim for professional negligence against his conveyancing solicitors.

Our client purchased a property with the right to extend the lease assigned to him. The freeholder served a counter notice and our client paid the requisite 10% deposit of the proposed premium. The next steps was then for the respective surveyors to enter into negotiations, and failing that for an application to be made to preserve the client’s position. This unfortunately was not done and the solicitors failed to keep our client informed of the progress of the matter despite repeated chasing by our client.

In the end he came to us to remedy the situation and seek redress. The original notice to extend the lease was now deemed withdrawn and so the process had to be started again by us. This resulted in extra costs for the client as well as an increased premium.

Once the lease was finally extended by our client we wrote a letter of claim to the conveyancing solicitors. Liability was admitted and a sum for compensation (over £10,000) was paid to the client, with relatively minimal costs by us and without the need to even issue proceedings.

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