Accountant or financial advisor disputes

How DAS Law can help

Our experienced team of dispute resolution lawyers will provide you with practical legal advice if you have a legal dispute with your accountant.

Outcomes we can achieve for you

  • Provide you with advice on whether your accountant has acted negligently and what losses you may be entitled to claim
  • Represent you in pursuing a claim against your accountant in accordance with the Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence
  • Negotiate with your accountant to try and settle the dispute by means of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Seek to recover your losses, including any loss of profit or losses caused by business interruption, if these losses arise as a result of your accountant’s negligence
  • Will I have to go to court?

    We talk about how many of our clients go to court.

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    Important things to consider

    Here are some things you should be aware of regarding your legal problem:

    • Proving an accountant was negligent can be challenging.You must show that no reasonably competent accountant would have given the advice they gave or made the errors they made.
    • Proving negligence will often require compelling expert evidence from another qualified accountant who is prepared to stand up in court if necessary.
    • The time limit for bringing a claim could start to run from the date of the accountant’s error or when the negligent advice was acted on, rather than when the accountant’s negligence was discovered.

    How much will it cost?

    If you would like DAS Law to help you with your dispute with an accountant, there are a number of ways of funding your legal costs, including:

    Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI)

    If you have a commercial insurance policy this may include LEI cover.  If so, your legal costs may be covered by that policy, subject to its terms and conditions.  If you are unsure if your insurance policy includes LEI cover, we will check this with you.

    Commercial LEI

    No legal expenses insurance

    If you do not have LEI cover, then we have a host of fee options which we will tailor to suit your needs. Often we will take cases on a conditional fee basis (also known as “no win no fee”).

    Where this is not suitable we offer fixed fees and discounted hourly rates.  For certain cases we will also consider a damages based agreement, where we receive a limited proportion of damages if the case is successful and nothing if it is not. 

    Our legal advisers are always happy to discuss our fee options with you in more detail.

    What should I do next?

    If you would like to speak to a dispute resolution expert about your legal problem, please contact us by calling 0345 604 7298, or email enquiries@daslaw.co.uk.

    William Ellerton

    Head of Litigation & Dispute Management, Solicitor

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    Chris Brewin

    Principal Associate, Solicitor

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    Daniel Scarrott

    Senior Associate, Solicitor

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    Submitting late or incorrect tax returns or giving advice no other accountant would have given are typical examples of negligence.

    William Ellerton, Dispute Management

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