Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2010] All ER (D) 29 (May)
Neutral Citation: [2010] EWHC 981 (Admin)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Administrative Court (London)

Saunders J

Representation Zane Malik (instructed by Pembrokes) for the claimant.
  Ben Hooper (instructed by Mills & Reeve LLP) for the defendant.
  The interested party did not appear and was not represented.
Judgment Dates: 6 May 2010


Solicitor - Lien - Retaining lien - Adequacy of professional services in retaining documents subject to lien - Interested party not paying fee for work carried out by claimant firm of solicitors on basis of claimant's refusal to release certain documents - Claimant claiming that documents subject to lien - Defendant's adjudicator finding claimant having unreasonably exercised lien over documents - Adjudicator concluding that inadequate professional services having been provided by claimant and making orders against it - Whether adjudicator having power to make orders made - Whether adequate reasons given for decision -  1A, para 2(1)(d).

The Case

Solicitor Lien. The Administrative Court held that an adjudicator, who had been tasked with considering whether the claimant firm of solicitors had provided inadequate legal services to the interested party, had, in deciding against the claimant, power to make the orders she did, but had not given adequate reasons for her decision. Her decision was quashed.

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