Accountant or financial advisor disputes

You need to know that your accountant can be relied on. Mistakes or negligence on their part can have serious consequences for your business. If you are a business owner and have a legal dispute with your accountant, we can help.

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 different ways to fund your legal costs.

    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

    Unfortunately we are unable to take on private instructions at the moment, and can only work with customers who have legal expenses insurance.

    What should I do next?

    If you have legal expenses insurance with DAS, please call us on the number listed in your policy.

    William Ellerton

    Head of Litigation & Dispute Management, 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.

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