Clients who would like advice on whether they have a valid claim can consult a member of the Pursuers' Panel, a group of solicitors with expertise in dealing with professional negligence claims against other solicitors. The panel assists members of the public with advice about potential claims for negligence and will also pursue well-founded claims on their behalf.
The panel consists of eight solicitors selected by the Law Society on the basis of their expertise in dealing with professional negligence claims to assist members of the public with advice about negligence claims against solicitors and, where appropriate, to assist solicitors already advising members of the public in connection with the handling of negligence claims against other solicitors.
Each member of the panel is available to deal with negligence claims against other solicitors on an individual basis. However where a claimant is already represented by a solicitor in relation to a negligence claim against another solicitor, members of the panel will not provide advice to or act for that claimant unless the existing solicitor refers the matter to a member of the panel. It should be emphasised that members of the panel are happy to receive referrals from other solicitors, either to handle the whole claim or to assist with advice in relation to any aspect of a claim
Each member of the panel can be contacted through their own individual firms, whose telephone numbers are given. The panel members are not employed by the society and are independent of the society.
Yes, all members of the panel will charge professional fees, although some members of the panel will provide advice under the civil legal aid advice and assistance scheme where it applies. However there may be difficulties in obtaining legal aid for such advisory work from the Scottish Legal Aid Board.