Shoosmiths launches a smarter way to recover the cost of bad professional advice

Shoosmiths launches a smarter way to recover the cost of bad professional advice

Leeds-based Shoosmiths commercial litigation partner Matthew Howarth is one of the driving forces behind the launch of a new product designed to help target potential claims in negligence against professionals that offers a more certain route to recover losses.

Howarth (pictured) is a member of the Shoosmiths multi-jurisdictional professional negligence team, along with partners Andrew Foyle and Gillian Crotty, behind the new product, which is designed to speed up, lower the cost of and make more certain the process of recovering the cost and expense of bad professional advice. 

The product, known as Shoosmiths Lender Review, is a completely fresh way of pursuing claims for losses on secured lending, such as mortgage arrears on an inaccurately valued property or where the lender has not been properly advised by their solicitor, and includes a full suite of support, including early-stage reviews, detailed audit assessments and in-house training.

Howarth said: “This is a truly innovative product with a funding model that offers flexibility and share of risk and reward. It’s designed to help navigate the complexities of reviewing the merits of a potential claim and provide an alternative, and more cost effective, route to recovery.”

Instead of taking the traditional approach of making a claim against a defaulting borrower, Lender Review targets the professional responsible for the original inaccurate valuation or the original completing solicitor firm.

An initial triage review will sense check documents to identify if there is indeed a potential claim against a professional and a viable recovery route, to be completed within an agreed fixed time scale following receipt of the key documents for each case.

If Shoosmiths experts conclude that no further investigation is required, no fee is charged (other than disbursements), but if the case deserves a merits review, then a charge is only made if a claim is subsequently pursued.

The merits review, which will be completed within an agreed fixed time scale following receipt of the key documents, provides a more in-depth, fixed fee review and analysis, which will recommend whether a claim should be pursued, and provides a cost and time estimate for potential recovery. All that is required for this more detailed assessment is a proforma instruction and the key transaction documents.

The Shoosmiths professional negligence team can also assist in audits of arrears cases (remotely or on site) to identify potential claims on current and historic cases, provide training for in-house teams, and identify and run groups of claims against negligent professionals.

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