Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 428 (Jul)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division
Judge:

Simon Brown, Mance and Latham LJJ

Representation Bryan Thomas (instructed by Colin Taylor, Penora) for the claimants.
  Michael Pooles QC (instructed by Morgan Cole, Cardiff) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 29 July 2002

Catchwords

Solicitor - Negligence - Duty of care - Conveyance - Solicitors completing purchase without National House Builders Council guarantee in force - Solicitors not completing necessary NHBC documentation - Solicitors not ascertaining before completion whether NHBC certificate would be forthcoming - House worthless - Whether solicitors negligent.

The Case

The defendant solicitors were negligent in failing to complete documentation to ensure that a property they were conveying would have the benefit of a National House Builders Council guarantee in circumstances where they had not asserted that the NHBC were at risk.

Practice Areas

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