Claims Against Negligent Solicitors

At Bolt Burdon Kemp we appreciate that the experience of being let down by a professional is a difficult time. We have almost 30 years experience guiding our clients through professional negligence claims.

Bolt Burdon Kemp has a long and distinguished history of successful claims against solicitors which has earned us an enviable reputation in this field.

We specialise in professional negligence claims against solicitors practising in most areas of law. In particular, we are respected nationwide as specialists in claims against solicitors in the following areas:-

  • Residential and commercial property conveyancing
  • Sale of land for development
  • Commercial leases and lease renewals
  • Restrictive covenants and other rights over land (including rights of way)
  • Will drafting, will writers and probate
  • Lease extensions and leasehold enfranchisement
  • Declarations of trust
  • Co-ownership of property
  • Missed time limits (limitation)
  • Business sale and commercial business agreements
  • Failed litigation
  • After the event (ATE) insurance problems

Many people still think that one solicitor will not bring a claim against another negligent, or even dishonest, solicitor, and there are still some solicitors who believe that this is exactly as it should be. Our team is fearless in the pursuit of professionals in the wrong. We always give the best possible advice about pursuing a claim.

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Get in touch with us to find out more about how our team can help you if you think you have a claim. Our job is to tell you whether you have a good case or not. If so, we will obtain compensation quickly without you having to worry about the legal costs along the way. Our ability to act on a “no win, no fee” basis and our long standing relationships with insurance companies and barristers can remove the risk of paying substantial sums in legal costs.

Our success stories

We have experience of winning many types of professional negligence cases. For example, The Tower Theatre had leased theatre premises in Canonbury Tower continuously since 1952. The solicitors dealing with the last lease renewals acted for free but unfortunately failed to make the necessary application to court in time in order to ensure that the Tower Theatre continued to have the right to security of tenure and a new lease.

As a consequence the Landlords were able to force the Tower Theatre to vacate its premises. We successfully sued Gregory Rowcliffe Milners for the cost of acquiring alternative theatre premises and recovered £2,020,000 for our client.

This is believed to be one of the largest successful claims ever made against a solicitor who was acting ‘pro bono’ (without charge to the client).

  • "I have weighed up the reasons for and against continuing with the case... Thanks to you I have been able to clearly understand the situation and take this decision with full knowledge. From your clarity I feel that, unlike when I took the criminal case to a legal body, I have not been powerless and uninformed. I have chosen not…


  • "I feel good that I found you….so on behalf of Adam and myself let me express our sincere thanks to you and your firm."

    Steven Shinebroom

  • "Thank you for taking my case on and working hard for me."

    Moghadam Reza

  • "Thank you once again for handling our case and restoring the damage done to our faith in the legal profession. We hope that we will not have to seek the services of a solicitor again in the near future but, if the need arises, we will certainly be sure to make Bolt Burdon Kemp our first port of call!"

    Barbara & Mario Maccariello

  • "We both cannot rate highly enough the service and professionalism you and your colleagues have shown us throughout this case from start to finish. Hopefully we will never be in such a similar position...but at least now we know who to call first!"

    Helen & Vincent Harpum

  • "To all the staff at Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors - for your kindness, for who you are, for what you'll always mean to us."

    Seth Henry & family

  • "Dear Sonita I would like to express my sincere thanks to you for your prompt and very professional service in dealing with my claim. At all times I had complete confidence in the way the matter was handled and it has been a pleasure to deal with you. I would certainly not hesitate to recommend your services. Kind regards"

    Ken Bracey

  • "Thank you once again for all your help and efficiency, it is very much appreciated."

    Jean Long

  • "Thank you, you are a gem……you have taken a load off my back."

    Shanthi Edwards

  • "It seems very unsatisfactory to express this by email. However, please accept our sincere and heartfelt thanks for all of your, Stephen's and Counsel's support. We have been extremely impressed with your professionalism, skill and expertise and genuine desire to help your client."

    Mr Evans

  • "Many thanks for the second time in as many days…it was only when you/BBK took over, that the indescribable stress placed upon our family started to subside."

    John & Paula Russell

  • "I have greatly valued the professional advice given by your firm…Thank you for your support and assistance during this time."

    Guy Swayland

  • "I am a client of your firm and Sonita who represent me on a professional negligence case reached a settlement agreement couple of days ago. Sonita is not cc'd on this email but I wanted to tell you in writing how fantastic this process was. Throughout my years I have worked with many lawyers and for the second time (my wife…

    Assaf Sinai

  • "Graham Balchin demonstrated extensive knowledge of his specialist area which he translated into clear advice for us and then negotiated our wishes, achieving a highly satisfactory outcome for us. He has excellent specialist knowledge and skills, and matching people skills."

    David Beer

  • "I honestly cannot put in to words how grateful I am to you, for the way in which you have handled the claim. The way in which you have approached the claim in a professional but understanding manner really have been above and beyond what I expected."

    Matthew Patterson

  • "My thanks to Ahmed Al Nahhas and Sonita Hayward of BBK for their patience, understanding and above all dedicated professionalism. Thank you for helping me get my life back on track!"  

    J. Davidson

  • "We thank you for the excellence with which you have served us personally and as a firm throughout this process."

    Prof. Patricia Howard & Dr. Nico Stutterheim

  • "I have now received the final cheque. Thank you so much for all your efforts in this matter; it has been a pleasure dealing with your company. I am currently dealing with other solicitors regarding other matters and I wish they were a 10th as efficient as your company has been. Many thanks once again."

    Susan Hines

  • "I would like to thank you for representing me over the last few years. Moreover, I would like to thank you for your help and patience. I really appreciate all your efforts regarding my case and its successful conclusion. I will recommend you and your firm to any of my friends who may need your services. Sincerely, Mr G.K."

    Mr G.K

  • "I have just got back from holiday, what a nice surprise receiving your cheque amongst all the other unwelcome post! All appears to be in order and I would like to thank both Graham and yourself for your expert help in bringing this lengthy matter to a very satisfactory conclusion."

    David Tropman

  • "Dear Stephen, I Just wanted to say a big thank you! to you in bringing our claim to a smooth end. It has taken a big burden off us it's been a painful three half years for me and my family. I especially want to say thanks! to Sabrina in the way she had handled our claim, very professional and she had always…

    Hitesh Patel

  • "Firstly I would like to thank you for your thorough and speedy help in this matter. It’s a pity I didn't know you before "***". If I have need of a solicitor’s services in future I will indeed enlist your services."

    David Alexander

  • “Elaine, many thanks for your work on this case and the calm professional way you have dealt with matters. We really appreciate it.”

    Susan Edwards

  • "Thank you for your help with this whole saga Stephen and for being so approachable and happy to answer questions. I have very much appreciated that you have always given me time and made me feel I could come to you with any query at any time."

    Aileen Reid

  • "I have been very impressed with your assistance in a matter that was not straight forward."

    Michael Shone