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This is a case of professional negligence, so you first of all need to send the accountant a letter of claim.
I have uploaded a template letter which you can use to tailor to your situation.
You need to give them 14 days to acknowledge the letter and once they do, they have up to 3 months to confirm their liability decision. If they deny liability (which is unlikely in your case as the error is clear and obvious) then you can commence county court proceedings using the form N1 (copy attached) and post 3 copies with the court fee to County Court Business Centre, PO Box 527, Salford, M5 0BY.
The court fee is depends on the sum claimed and details can be found at page 5 here:
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It's entirely your choice - that could take months but you do have up to 6 years to sue them so if you prefer to avoid litgation at this stage then yes, that may be a good idea. I would tell them you want reimbursement soon and I recommend you keep pressure on them.
No problem, it is a serious mistake though so you should consider suing for professional negligence (they will have insurance to claim against) unless they can reimburse you.
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