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2014 Corporate Intl Global Awards Winner
We are very pleased to announce that Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors have been selected as the Winner of the Corporate Intl Global Award for ‘Professional Liability Law Firm of the year in England’.

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You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

We are pleased to announce that we have been successful in the 2013 International Global Law Experts Awards, winning the Award for ‘Professional Liability Rising Star of the Year in England’.

This is our second award as Winner of this category in the 2013 Legal Awards season having achieved the same award in the 2013 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Awards. Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors were also announced as winners in the Acquisition International Magazine 2013 M&A Awards as Northern Litigation Law Firm of the Year (2013).

We are proud of this recent recognition of our efforts and achievements and will continue to strive for excellence and success for the firm and all of our Clients.

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With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

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complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on enquiry@matthewwilkinson.co.uk we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

Our continuing success and achievements have recently been recognised with our selection in the  M&A Magazine 2013 Legal Awards as Winner of the

‘Northern Litigation Law Firm of the Year’ (2013) .

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With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

Call us on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 if calling from a mobile.

complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on enquiry@matthewwilkinson.co.uk we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

‘Professional Liability Rising Star of the Year in England’ (2013)
Matthew Wilkinson’s expertise and success has been recently recognised with its selection as Winner of the 2013 Corporate Intl Magazine Legal Award ‘Professional Liability Rising Star of the Year in England’.

What Next ?

With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

Call us on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 if calling from a mobile.

complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on enquiry@matthewwilkinson.co.uk we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

04 Sep / 2012

Under Settlements

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Under Settlements

These are the compromise or settlement of disputes, claims and litigation pursuant to or in reliance upon erroneous legal advice where the outcome is significantly below what could be expected in similar circumstances.
This is a type of claim which we have pursued with very good results but the assessment of whether there is a case against the lawyer in negligence must be carried out carefully and there are inevitably some cases where there are justifiable reasons for the apparent Under Settlement or the difference is too small to amount to a breach of duty or to be worth pursuing.

There seems to be quite a lot of attention being given to Under Settlements particularly because of the growth of volume personal injury work and industrial disease claims schemes, where some unfortunate examples have occurred. However, litigation is not a fixed battleground but is more fluid, ebbing and flowing with the arguments and evidence of both sides, so the valuation of a case can go up or down. This sometimes leads to settlements a long way below the valuation advice provided at or near the outset by the Claimant’s lawyers but can be justified by the changes in the evidence, not least the Defendant’s best efforts to avoid or undermine or down value the claim. We all know that Lawyers will always disagree and argue different positions and figures for their Clients and settlements will always vary according to particular facts and personalities.

There is obviously a human element in any negotiation and this can lead to differences in outcomes in cases, which appear similar to each other. It is also very clear that the Court will judge your lawyer’s advice according to the standards of a reasonably competent lawyer and not those of the best lawyers in town. Further, the Court is always slow to criticise lawyers for advice given which leads to a compromise, as the advice has to be given when there is no certainty of outcome and many factors have to be considered, not least the lawyer’s assessment of the merits and risks and how to achieve the best outcome for the Client. The skill and experience of the lawyer in negotiating in difficult circumstances is treated with some respect and it is usually only in obvious cases of error that a Court will find that there has been negligence.
If there is an obvious error it is also necessary to find a significant difference in the actual outcome so that if your lawyer makes errors in how he has calculated a settlement figure but the actual settlement is there or thereabouts it will usually not be actionable.

There are unfortunately still cases of potentially actionable Under Settlements each year and sometimes the Client will not realise that the Settlement ought to have been significantly higher. If you have settled litigation and are concerned about whether an error has occurred we can certainly assist. We use our considerable experience of pursuing and negotiating many different types of litigation and our wealth of experience in pursuing professional negligence cases against lawyers to assess whether there could be a case in negligence to pursue on your behalf for Under Settlement. Mr M B Wilkinson BA MPNLA Solicitor.

Matthew Wilkinson

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With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

Call us on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 if calling from a mobile.

complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on enquiry@matthewwilkinson.co.uk we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

The widespread availability of Title Indemnity Insurance at modest cost has changed the face of modern conveyancing. These days it is common for the Conveyancer faced with a defective Title to arrange or ask the Seller to arrange such a policy and provided that this is forthcoming the transaction usually proceeds to completion. The Conveyancer arranging the Policy will often have delegated authority from the Insurer to issue the policy on standard terms. Instead of the anxious consternation caused by a potentially deal breaking problem the transaction appears to proceed seamlessly and without any negative warnings, or, advice from your Conveyancer.

Unfortunately, although Title Indemnity Insurance is very useful and is the right answer for many title defects there can be hidden problems, which are not always highlighted at the time. Title Indemnity Insurance is like any other Insurance contract and is a contract of utmost good faith. This means that you are under a duty to disclose material information even if it is not specifically asked for. Information is likely to be material if it would influence an Underwriter in writing the business either at all or as to terms and premium.

If you need help with a title indemnity issue, please call us as soon as possible on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 from a mobile or complete our Free Online Enquiry and we’ll be happy to have a no obligation chat with you and explain your legal rights and options.

“Matthew Wilkinson gave a superb service in bringing a very complicated negligence case to a conclusion. I was able to speak with him promptly on every occasion. Personally I would not hesitate in recommending his services.

Thank you!”

Mr F, Cambridgeshire.

If we return to the seamless conveyancing transaction where quite often the Seller’s Conveyancer provides the Insurance policy, what has the Buyer been told about the information, which was given to the Insurer? It is possible for the insurance to be written on the wrong facts or for some relevant facts to be withheld or for the policy to be unsuitable for the facts of the case due to the cover under the Policy. The full terms of the Policy are not often provided yet it will be a matter of interpretation of the Policy which will determine whether any claim is payable or outside the terms of the Policy or specifically excluded.

An important exclusion applying to most Policies is if you make any contact with any party who might cause a claim under the Policy, it can invalidate the cover. This means not contacting the Council if it is Planning or Building Control matters or the neighbour if it relates to a boundary, or anyone with the benefit of a restrictive covenant. This is usually fine provided that your Conveyancer has warned you not to do so.

One general problem with Title indemnity Policies is not really the Policy, which might be suitable for the objective of providing an Indemnity, but the fact that title defects can have many effects, which might not be covered by such a Policy.

If I am buying a property, which could be the subject of third party claims, should I be totally reassured by the existence of such a Policy. The first thing that I would do is to ask my Valuer what the immediate effect on the value of the property might be. If Buyers generally might discount the value of your home you need to know at the time of purchase. If the defect became a real problem it might involve such practical and physical disruption and inconvenience that a Buyer knowing that, for example, the cost of re-building would be covered by the insurance, would still look for a discount. Further, the lack of such things as Planning and Building Regulation Completion Certificates, routinely covered by such Insurance, might be hiding serious construction problems, particularly on new Buildings and conversions and a prudent Buyer might still seek a price discount. It is really important that you do not just rely on the Insurer accepting the risk, because even if the Policy is valid and covers the risk and no exclusion clauses apply, the risk accepted by the Insurer will be defined in narrow terms, whereas your risk is much wider. It is necessary to imagine the risk crystallising and to consider all of the practical effects which would ensue, Then you need to assess the chances of the risk materialising in your given case. This will depend upon the facts. At this point you can decide, with the benefit of the Policy, are you prepared to take that risk.     Mr M B Wilkinson BA MPNLA Solicitor.

“I recommend Matthew Wilkinson Solicitors to anyone who has a claim against another Solicitor. In dealing with obdurate Professional Indemnity Insurers they are very skilled, experienced and tenacious. First Class.”

Mr H, Somerset.

What next?

With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

If you need help with a solicitor negligence claim, please call us as soon as possible on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 from a mobile or complete our Free Online Enquiry and we’ll be happy to have a no obligation chat with you and explain your legal rights and options.

“I am very pleased with the service received from Matthew Wilkinson.

I was informed through the process about the different options available for me and this enabled me to make an informed decision. I could not have got a better outcome! Many Thanks.”

Mr E, London

complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on enquiry@matthewwilkinson.co.uk we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

04 Mar / 2011

The Legal Ombudsman-risks and pitfalls.

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The Legal Ombudsman has now taken over all new complaints against legal professionals for individuals and small businesses. There is a link to its website in the links section of Matthew Wilkinson’s home page. There are important deadlines to comply with. Any complaint has to be brought to them within 12 months of the act or default complained about AND within 6 months of the final response of the firm to your complaint. All complaints must be made to the firm first. If the 12 month period is about to expire you could lose out even though you make the complaint to the Ombudsman within 6 months of the firm’s final response. There is discretion to allow late complaints but this should not be relied upon.

There is also a clear risk that if you refer a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman and you have suffered as a result of negligence that if you accept an award you could be under compensated and have no right to pursue your negligence case.  This is because once the Legal Ombudsman’s award is accepted it is legally binding. It is imperative that BEFORE you accept any such compensation that you get independent legal advice. For example, if your solicitor has negligently failed to ensure that there was a Building Regulation completion certificate for the property you bought the Legal Ombudsman might agree that their subsequent obtaining of Insurance cover for lack of such a certificate plus £1,000 for distress and inconvenience is a reasonable award. However, if after you accept the award we advise you that the Insurance will not cover this particular case or only in limited circumstances or is likely to be avoided you would no longer be able to claim the difference in value of your property which could be very substantial and cost you tens of thousands of pounds when you come to sell. The moral of this story is that the time to obtain good independent advice is before you accept any compensation and Matthew Wilkinson is very well equipped to help in these circumstances to provide the advice which will help you protect your own interests. Mr M B Wilkinson BA MPNLA Solicitor.

Matthew Wilkinson

What Next ?

With most legal matters It is better to take action sooner rather than later. We know that contacting a Solicitor can create anxiety itself, which is why you can contact us without obligation.

Call us on 0800 043 9981 or dial 0333 577 0172 if calling from a mobile.

complete a free online enquiry or contact us via email on enquiry@matthewwilkinson.co.uk we’ll have a no obligation chat with you about what you need and what you hope to achieve. We’ll happily answer any questions or queries you have and give you advice on how to progress your matter.

You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.

28 Jan / 2011

no win no fee nightmare

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The contemplated new ‘no win no fee’ funding landscape post the Jackson review could really end up being a nightmare for Claimants and their lawyers. Although the Jackson recommendations are still out for consultation(until the 14th February 2011) it is expected that the Government will seek to implement many of the proposals very quickly after the end of the consultation period. If post event legal expenses insurance premiums and lawyers success fees become irrecoverable against an opponent the effect could cause serious prejudice to Claimants and indeed dissuade many from pusuing just causes. It is not clear whether the general public will hear anything but the usual scare stories of massive success fees and premiums for no perceived risk when firms such as Matthew Wilkinson are pursuing many high risk professional negligence claims and Claimants and the firm need the success fees for the funding of this form of access to justice. At Matthew Wilkinson I  probably spend more time on cases that can not proceed than on cases that we can run because it takes a lot of time to assess and investigate cases involving matters which often involve large amounts of paperwork in large boxes! The risk of access to justice  being denied because firms will not want to investigate and take on difficult cases is very real and if the changes are implemented our ability to help citizens who feel that they have been the subject of lawyer’s negligence will be seriously hampered. Let’s hope that these risks can be highlighted to the Government in the short time available! Mr M B Wilkinson BA MPNLA Solicitor.

Matthew Wilkinson

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You can be sure if you contact us that whatever you ask us to do for you will be handled professionally and efficiently, so you can get the best outcome possible without any of the hassle.


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