Professional Negligence

Any person who owes you a duty of care, who breaches that duty and causes you loss of a kind that was not unforeseeable, can be liable to you for their negligence.

People who may be liable to you include:

  • lawyers;
  • tradesmen of all kinds, such as builders, architects, surveyors etc;
  • all government organisations, including schools, police officers, military personnel etc;
  • stockbrokers, finance brokers, accountants, real estate agents and all professionals; and
  • anybody else who should know that their negligent behaviour will affect you.

Our commercial litigation team is waiting to assist you with any of these sorts of cases.  We have seen it all before, from the simple cases, through to incorrect financial advice resulting in multimillion dollar losses.  Traditionally, class actions have been our specialty. We blazed the trail for class actions in Queensland. We will always act fearlessly for you where there are allegations of negligence.

If allegations of negligence are made against you, you should also take advantage of our experience in this area.  Do not delay, as we have seen situations (which could have been resolved at an early stage) snowball significantly due to a “head in the sand” attitude.  We may be able to save you stress, worry and money.


Professional Negligence Team







Matters we have handled include:

  • Acting for dozens of investors who bought units in a resort development on the Sunshine Coast relying on promises of “guaranteed” returns. We sued several firms of solicitors who acted for the investors and who failed to advise them that the “lease back” associated with the purchase was to a worthless company.
  • Acting for several parties when military helicopters collided in the vicinity of Townsville during the mid-1990s.
  • Allegations of negligence against a well-known worldwide charity organisation.
  • An accountant had so negligently dealt with tax affairs that he cost his client over $3,000,000. It was later found that the accountant had defrauded his clients and the government of over $21,000,000 and murdered a solicitor who threatened to expose him (that person is presently in jail for murder).
  • A Townsville-based financial services organisation advised its clients that a very high level of leverage (i.e. borrowing to invest) was desirable with their investments - until the global financial crisis occurred resulting in significant losses.
  • A client was told to invest a large amount of money into a franchise business and was promised good returns, when such returns were not possible to achieve and they lost all the money they invested
  • A law firm failed to advise its client, who had just bought a shopping centre, about the concept of “infrastructure charges” - and the client was later surprised to receive a bill from the local council for over $100,000.
  • Property developers who were given approval to build, but weren’t told that the government was planning to build a railway through the land.


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