Professional Negligence Cases Rising in Downturn
Byline: Joe Downes
THE economic crisis is uncovering a large number of new professional negligence cases, a leading specialist lawyer warned yesterday.
Rachael Liston, senior associate at Augustus Cullen Law, said both the public and businesses need to be on their guard.
Miss Liston was speaking at a conference organised by the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association entitled Professional Negligence and Liability - Understanding and Addressing Professional Failure. While cases of medical negligence are frequently highlighted, other forms of professional negligence have traditionally not been the focus of attention, she said.
However, claims against professionals including lawyers, accountants, architects, brokers and bankers are now becoming more common as mistakes made during the Celtic Tiger period become apparent, Miss Liston added.
As trust is an important dimension in the relationship between any business or individual and their adviser, she has advised people to always keep full copies of all professional advice received - whether in writing or electronically - and to make notes of conversations which relate to any advice. …