||All England Reporter
|| All ER (D) 119 (May)
Judge Reid QC sitting as a judge of the High Court
||Elizabeth Ovey (instructed by Anthony Gold) for the claimant.
||Spike Charlwood (instructed by Cripps Harries Hall, Tunbridge Wells) for the defendant.
||9 May 2003
Solicitors - Professional negligence - Claim - Allegation of negligent conduct in conveyancing.
By failing to consider a contract of sale of a leasehold property properly and advise on its meaning and the dangers inherent in it with the result that the claimant had failed to comply with a notice to complete the purchase, the defendant solicitor had been negligent. However, since the claimant had not had the necessary arrangements to finance that property, recovery of damages would be limited to a return of the relevant deposit and recovery of the costs incurred in proceedings alleging that the notice had been invalid.
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