Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2014] All ER (D) 243 (Jan)
Neutral Citation: [2014] EWHC 94 (Comm)
Court: Queen's Bench Division, Commercial Court

Field J

Representation Daniel Jowell QC and Richard Eschwege (instructed by Enyo Law LLP) for the claimants.
  Bankim Thanki QC and Tamara Oppenheimer (instructed by Olswang LLP) for the defendants.
Judgment Dates: 31 January 2014


Solicitor - Duty - Duty of confidentiality to client - Claimants seeking permanent injunction to restrain defendant solicitors' firms from acting for, or advising, client - Claimants contending defendants previously acting for them and having confidential information - Whether defendants should be restrained from acting for client.

The Case

Solicitor Duty. The claimants sought to restrain the defendant solicitors' firms acting for their client, P, in Commercial Court proceedings. They contended that the defendants had previously acted for them and had had access to confidential information. The Commercial Court, in granting the application, held that the claimants' interests were adversely affected by the defendants continuing to act for P and that there was a real risk that those involved in P's action had had possession of confidential information, which had been used or would be used in the Commercial Court action.

Practice Areas

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