Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 514 (Jul)
Court: Commercial Court

Morison J

Representation Christopher Symons QC, Simon Rainey QC and Mark Cannon (instructed by Herbert Smith) for the claimants.
  Mark Cran QC, Stephen Males QC, Rebecca Sabben-Clare and David Shapiro (instructed by Ince & Co) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 30 July 2002


Solicitor - Negligence - Duty of care - Solicitor acting for claimant shipowners in action against insurers - Solicitor failing to advise accurately in relation to conduct of trial - Action settled by claimant for 66 2/3% of claim - Whether solicitor's breach causing settlement at less than full amount of claim - Whether claimant entitled to damages for loss of chance to settle claim for full amount or to succeed at trial - Whether solicitors entitled to outstanding fees.

The Case

The claimant shipowner was entitled to judgment, on the facts of the case, against its former solicitors for negligence in relation to the manner in which the solicitors had conducted an action on their behalf against insurers.

Practice Areas

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