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Professional Negligence Dispute

We recently obtained a successful outcome for a client who was awarded substantial damages plus costs and interest against his former Accountant.

The client company had relied heavily on an accountant to prepare and submit tax returns in accordance with a rolling retainer agreement. The accountant repeatedly assured our client that he was undertaking the work as he was contracted to do. Unfortunately, it later transpired that the Accountant had not undertaken the work of a competent accountant; he had failed to submit accounts on time or at all and as a result our client had received heavy penalties from HM Revenue and Customs. After the Accountant failed to respond to both a preliminary notice of proceedings and a letter before claim that were both sent in accordance with the pre-action protocol for negligence, we issued proceedings on behalf of our client for damages.

Our client successfully recovered from the Defendant all the sums that he had lost as a result of missing work, paying fines to the HM Revenue and Customs, Court fees, all his legal fees and interest at the rate of 8% from the date of judgment.

Our client had the following comments:-

"Throughout a very lengthy case in which my former accountant refused to communicate in any way, Wills Chandler kept me informed at every stage of the process and provided professional advice and guidance all the way to the final positive outcome."