To have a profession is to hold higher than average abilities in a given field, and is expected to hold high regard for the responsibilities of this field. A professional providing a service, paid or un-paid, has a duty of care. This liability involved fluctuates with relation to the type of contract entered into. Claims made as part of the contract must be adhered to and if they are not met the Claimant has grounds to sue for damages. However the level of damages issued by a judge varies with regard to each situation.
As with any other profession a law professional working on your behalf should only be working in your interests. If a solicitor is found to have completed work which has ultimately had a negative impact on their client this can cause grounds to sue. There are certain requirements when making a successful claim of professional negligence. There has to have been liability attached to carelessness which is actionable by law. The standard set by law is not adhered to by the professional involved. There is a clear link between the poor conduct and the resulting damage. The damage is feasible and relatable to the professional involved.
The most common types of legal negligence is missing a time limit set by a court or failing to submit important documents by their deadline. Other types of claim result from solicitors missing important facts, not having the right level of expertise needed or not making the correct claim for the case.
Any professional who gave advice or provided a service within their professional capacity can be held liable for damages inflicted due to poor conduct. The standard test used to determine a breach of care is whether the defendant matched the abilities of a reasonable person. This prevents claims which are unrealistic from reaching the courts.