If this was eight years ago there is a very good chance that the solicitor no longer has the file because they are only obliged to keep it for 6 years.
The first thing you need to do is get the file from the solicitor if it still exists.
Then it’s a case of the solicitor either dealing with this or the solicitor referring you to another firm of solicitors with a view to bringing a negligence claim.
It will help if I explain how claims in negligence arise.
There needs to be
1. a duty of care
2. the duty of care needs to be breached
3. as a result of the breach there needs to be loss or injury
4. the loss or injury resulting from the breach must be reasonably foreseeable.
In order for there to be a claim in negligence, all 4 heads have to be satisfied.
You certainly have a negligence claim here.
Under the Limitation Act 1980 there is a time limit of 6 years and you would be out of time if it were not for the fact that the 6 years runs from the date of knowledge, when you discover the negligence.
You can also make a complaint to the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Legal Ombudsman after you have exhausted the solicitors complaints procedure.
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I am not certain whether that answers the question for you or not, but I am happy to answer any specific points arising from this.
It will be my pleasure to help you again either further with this or any future questions you have