Negligence Claims Against Barristers

Making a Barrister Negligence Claim

Professional negligence claims against barristers require specialist knowledge of the barrister’s role in our legal system.

Our team of specialist professional negligence lawyers are experienced in bringing successful claims against barristers and we are seeing an increase in this type of claim. This may be due to the blurring of the traditional distinction between barristers and solicitors. Direct Access (the scheme by which barristers can be instructed by members of the public directly, bypassing the solicitor) is another factor and we have recently recovered compensation for clients who were let down by a barrister working under the Direct Access scheme.

Types of barristers negligence

Barrister negligence claims can arise in a number of different ways, including:

  • when a barrister gives incorrect legal advice in a written document
  • when a barrister gives incorrect legal advice in a case conference
  • when a barrister makes a legal error in court
  • when a barrister makes an error drafting a legal document
  • when a barrister misses a key deadline 

Barristers duty of care

A barrister will owe their client a legal duty of care. If that duty is breached then it’s likely the barrister will have been negligent.

If breach of duty and negligence can be established then the client will be entitled to recover any financial losses that have arisen as a direct result of the barrister’s negligence.

No Win, No Fee barristers negligence claims

We deal with barrister negligence claims nationally on a No Win, No Fee basis and are willing to consider any claim where the losses incurred as a result of the barrister’s negligence exceed £10,000 – the current small claims court limit.

Free legal helpline

We operate a free legal helpline, so if you have suffered significant financial loss as a result of barrister negligence and would like us to provide you with a FREE barrister negligence case assessment then call us now on 0333 888 0403. We will review the negligent act and consider whether it is likely to amount to a breach of the barrister’s duty of care, allowing you to make a barrister negligence claim.

Alternatively you can email details of the barrister negligence claim to

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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.

A member of our specialist team will be happy to provide you with a free assessment of your case. Simply contact us by phone or email.

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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.