A professional person has a duty of care to their client to perform their job to a reasonable standard and with reasonable care. If they have held themselves out as having more than average skills and abilities, the duty care of care owed requires that these special skills are applied, and if such are not applied, a claim in professional negligence may arise. The test will be whether the service provided met the standard of a reasonably competent member of the profession.
This law guide explains what must be proved to establish a claim in professional negligence and how it should be brought. It deals with the pre-action protocol and contains a number of precedents showing how claims against solicitors, accountants and medical practitioners should be set out.