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  • Overview

    When you have been let down by one set of professional advisers then you want to be doubly-certain that you can trust implicitly those who help you sort out the mess.

    That is why it is a very sound judgement to come to Thomson Snell & Passmore if you have the misfortune to have fallen victim to bad advice.

    The strength of our team lies in our experience of working on both sides of this market. We act for individuals and businesses wishing to pursue claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, architects, surveyors and financial advisers. But we have also had many years’ previous experience defending such professionals, on the instructions of their insurers. And we know how the related routes for addressing complaints work, through our experience of the various Ombudsman Schemes.

    It is because we understand the complexity and nuances of these cases - and can see the issues from both angles - that we are best placed to advise you on your particular circumstances.  We know the field inside out and our experience give us the insights necessary to deal with tricky or highly complex cases. We actively encourage alternative dispute resolution (ADR) once we have built you the best negotiating platform that we can. And, where it becomes necessary, we have access to some of the best specialist professional negligence counsel and experienced expert witnesses in the country.

    We fully understand that in these kinds of cases our clients will want to minimise the risks and may not be sure if they can afford the expensive court, counsel and expert fees – on top of solicitors’ fees - that may be required to challenge a professional organisation backed by insurers. So, where it is appropriate, we will actively look for the opportunity to offer you a team arrangement involving ourselves, 3rd party funders and insurers. These parties would share the fruits of the claim with you if we succeed, but in return you bear only a tiny proportion of the risk if we do not succeed. We call it “virtually risk-free litigation.”

    For further information please contact one of the team. You won't regret it.

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    The client’s claim resulted from serious breaches of listed building consent by the designer / project manager on a barn conversion project, resulting in a stop notice being issued and the need for fresh permissions to be obtained.

    Claim arising from serious defects to new school sports hall zinc roof

    We are acting for a local academy in relation to the failure of the zinc covering to the aerofoil roof on their sports hall which was only completed about 2 years ago, which has led to leaks into the main sports arena risking permanent damage to the flooring.

    Claim against architect arising from a major refurbishment of a country residence

    We act for the owner of a substantial country house, which is undergoing major structural works including a large extension (comprising a pool house complex), extensive alterations and complete renovation of the house, associated outbuildings and grounds.

    Complex multi party claim arising from complete design failing of bespoke furniture

    Multi-party dispute arising from total design failure of in excess of £1m worth of contemporary bespoke furniture built to a highly unusual (and, as it transpires, unrealisable) design concept.

    Resolution of a multi party dispute arising from the failure of a major piled retaining wall during the construction of a high end coastal development

    We acted in relation to a large multi party claim arising from the failure of a major piled retaining wall on a land slipped escarpment, at a coastal development of luxury apartments.

  • Latest Updates

    Suing a negligent professional – don’t be put off by the cost

    Have you been let down by a professional? Did your lawyer omit to advise you of planning, right of way or environmental issues affecting your property when you bought it? Did they fail to protect your interests in a property venture adequately? Did they miss a limitation deadline when acting for you on a dispute? Or did they prepare a Will or a Trust which did not have the desired tax consequences?

    Funding a claim against your professional adviser

    Have you been let down by a professional? Did your solicitors omit to advise you of planning, right of way or environmental issues affecting your property when you bought it?

    Thomson Snell & Passmore fosters future growth with 10 internal promotions

    Leading South East law firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has announced a wave of internal promotions.

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Congratulations on your 10 years of success, with the quality of service you and your team provide I am sure the next 10 years will see more deserved success for you.


Responses were quick and to the point. They understood my needs, which prevented matters having to be re explained or the outcome of their services being unexpected and not what was required. They were clear about the procedure that we would follow and kept me up to date.


Kamal Aggarwal clients say 'He is an excellent representative of the business and it's values: client care and professionalism. He sets the benchmark for the firm brilliantly'.

Chambers UK 2015

They're very commercially minded and very practical. Good-quality people and very professional.

Chambers UK 2015

They are particularly good at understanding what exactly we need, which gives us reassurance and confidence in them and saves on costs.

Chambers UK 2015

They have an exceptional team. I have yet to meet an individual at the firm who falls below the high standards they set themselves and provide to their clients.

Chambers UK 2015

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s team is praised for its ‘superb knowledge and business acumen’.

The Legal 500 2014

They got to understand the root of our industry and advised us on the approaches we could take.

Client in Chambers UK

Broad skill set and commercial ethos.

Chambers UK

They give you the best and worst scenarios, painting a true picture for you.

Chambers UK

An outstanding level of service.

The Legal 500

Excellent level of service‚ and ‚no-nonsense, personal‚ approach.

Chambers UK

Extremely sensible and commercially astute.

Chambers UK

Prompt, clear and effective responses.

Chambers UK

George is fab, extremely professional and thorough.


I was very pleased with the due care and attention I was given in this matter.


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