Compensation for a solicitor’s mistake

Successful compensation claim is made following a solicitor’s mistake

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Case study of a successful compensation claim made on behalf of a client who lost out as a result of her solicitor’s mistake.

Our client, S, had been an employee of a local council when it transpired that she and her female colleagues were not being paid the same rate of pay as their male colleagues undertaking comparative works.  An equal pay, group action claim commenced with the affected women instructing a single firm of solicitors.

At the relevant time, the law was that a complaint needed to be made to the employer and then 28 days had to pass from the date of the grievance before court proceedings could be issued.  Unfortunately, the solicitors issued the claim a day too early and it wasn’t until the group action was well advanced before the defendant noticed. S’ claim was dismissed.  The remaining women went on and were successful in their claims.

S consulted us about claiming compensation for her solicitor’s mistake. On looking at the file from the solicitors, it became apparent that when the firm realised that they had made an error they had tried to remedy it.  They claimed that they sent a further claim form to the Employment Tribunal, but they failed to follow this up and so a rectification claim was not actually issued.

A claim was therefore brought against the solicitors for their obvious negligence.  Fairly early on, they admitted that they had made a mistake, but despite this admission, they then went on to try all sorts of defence.  Firstly, the alleged rectification claim; then that S could have issued in the civil courts (you can’t – not with a discrimination claim); that S could have re-issued in the employment tribunal when the defendants pointed out the error (she couldn’t as she would have been out of time); and then challenging the damages she would have been entitled to, despite there being clear evidence that S was part of a group of women who would have received a specified sum of money.

We pressed on with the claim and the matter and this resulted in an award of compensation being made to our client for her solicitor’s mistake.

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This website has been in operation for more than 20 years, making it one of the longest established professional negligence resources available on the internet.

It is run by Slee Blackwell Solicitors LLP, an award-winning firm of solicitors specialising in professional negligence law. We have been awarded Lexcel accreditation by The Law Society for excellence in client care and the firm is included in the independent guide to the legal profession, The Legal 500.

We exclusively represent claimants and provide a nationwide service throughout England and Wales. We are usually able to offer No Win, No Fee funding where the prospects of success are good, and the value of the compensation claim exceeds £25,000.

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Unfortunately, we are no longer able to offer No Win, No Fee funding for claims valued below £25,000. However, we can assist with these claims if you have legal expenses insurance and or would like to set an initial fee limit on a privately funded basis.