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P S and others v Law Society: ChD 16 Jul 2004

The applicants sought orders directing the respondent to withdraw its intervention in the solicitors practice of the first claimant. They had become concerned at the possibility that investment schemes managed by one partner were being being used for money laundering. Held: In view of matters since the commencement of the proceedings the court could not … Continue reading P S and others v Law Society: ChD 16 Jul 2004

Bower v Stevens and Another: CA 6 Apr 2004

The claimant had been employed by the respondents, partners in a former firm of solicitors. On the retirement of one partner, the practice was continued by the sole remaining partner, who claimed that the dissolution broke the continuity of the employment so as to defeat her application for unfair dismissal. Held: The dissolution of the … Continue reading Bower v Stevens and Another: CA 6 Apr 2004

Argonaut Property Development Ltd v Collyer-Bristow (A Firm): SCCO 16 Oct 2001

CourtService The Claimant company, registered in the Isle of Man and acting throughout by their London agent Miss T, instructed the Defendant Solicitors in connection with proceedings brought against the Claimants by former tenants of property they owned in Clerkenwell. In total five bills were rendered by the Defendant to the Claimant, totalling andpound;7,425.61, including … Continue reading Argonaut Property Development Ltd v Collyer-Bristow (A Firm): SCCO 16 Oct 2001

White v Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and others: Admn 17 Dec 2001

The claimant solicitor sought a judicial review, on the grounds of procedural unfairness, of the decisions of the respondent in upholding complaints against him. The procedure involved several stages, an investigatory stage, an adjudication, an appeal, and a further appeal to the Tribunal. The solicitor complained that the adjudicator had failed to follow up certain … Continue reading White v Office for the Supervision of Solicitors and others: Admn 17 Dec 2001

Hanley v J C and A Solicitors: QBD 28 Sep 2018

Whether the Court, under the inherent jurisdiction over its officers and/or s. 68 Solicitors Act 1974, has the power to order a solicitor to make and supply to his client (or former client) copies of documents which are the property of the solicitor, subject to payment of reasonable costs for the task. Held: The appeal … Continue reading Hanley v J C and A Solicitors: QBD 28 Sep 2018

United Bank of Kuwait Plc v Sahib and Others: CA 2 Feb 1996

The bank appealed against a decision that the simple deposit of deeds with a bank did not take effect as an equitable charge. Held: Depositing deeds with a bank is not sufficient to create a charge over them. The old law as to the creation of an equitable mortgage by deposit of deeds had been … Continue reading United Bank of Kuwait Plc v Sahib and Others: CA 2 Feb 1996

Davies v Taylor (No 2): HL 2 Jan 1974

The plaintiff argued that no costs had been incurred by the successful defendant, as he was insured, and the insurance company was bound to pay his costs. Held: ‘In this case the solicitors, no doubt first instructed by the insurance company, were the solicitors on the record as the solicitors for the respondent. They acted … Continue reading Davies v Taylor (No 2): HL 2 Jan 1974

Cocking v Sandhurst (Stationers) Ltd: NIRC 1974

The Appellant employee had applied for leave to amend his first application by substituting the name of the parent company. The Tribunal held that the rules of procedure relating to time limits went to their jurisdiction and that the amended application would be allowed but would bear the date of the amendment and would accordingly … Continue reading Cocking v Sandhurst (Stationers) Ltd: NIRC 1974

In Re Solicitors, Ex Parte Peasegood: QBD 6 May 1993

A request to the court for the removal of a solicitor from the Roll was to be made via Counsel, and not by a litigant in person. Citations: Times 06-May-1993, Independent 06-May-1993 Statutes: Solicitors Act 1974 50 51 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Litigation Practice, Legal Professions Updated: 29 April 2022; Ref: scu.82191

Hayward v Zurich Insurance Company Plc: SC 27 Jul 2016

The claimant had won a personal injury case and the matter had been settled with a substantial payout by the appellant insurance company. The company now said that the claimant had grossly exaggerated his injury, and indeed wasfiully recovered at the time of the settlement. It had however known something of the deceit, and the … Continue reading Hayward v Zurich Insurance Company Plc: SC 27 Jul 2016

Regina v Master of Rolls ex parte Mckinnell: QBD 16 Sep 1992

The Law Society may appeal against a decision of the disciplinary tribunal. Citations: Gazette 16-Sep-1992, [1993] 1 WLR 88 Statutes: Solicitors Act 1974 49(1)(a) Cited by: Cited – Taylor v The Law Society CA 1-Nov-2005 ‘the SDT should not give orders or directions to the Law Society. It should decide what, if any, conditions should … Continue reading Regina v Master of Rolls ex parte Mckinnell: QBD 16 Sep 1992

Richard Slade and Company Plc v Erlam: QBD 16 Feb 2022

Client’s appeal from order for preparation of a final statute bill. Judges: His Honour Judge Gosnell ( Sitting as a Judge of the High Court) Citations: [2022] EWHC 325 (QB) Links: Bailii Statutes: Solicitors Act 1974 68 Jurisdiction: England and Wales Legal Professions, Costs Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.672061

Bulmer (HP) Ltd v Bollinger SA: CA 1974

The plaintiff complained that the respondent had described its drink ‘Babycham’ as a champagne perry, which it said was a misuse of the appellation ‘champagne’. Held: The court considered the effect of European legislation on the law of England and Wales. Lord Denning MR said: ‘But when we come to matters with a European element, … Continue reading Bulmer (HP) Ltd v Bollinger SA: CA 1974

Heywood v Wellers: CA 1976

The claimant instructed solicitors in injunction proceedings which they conducted negligently. The solicitors had put the case in the hands of an incompetent junior clerk. She sued acting in person, and succeeded but now appealed the only limited form of damages awarded. Held: She was entitled to repayment of the legal costs paid by her … Continue reading Heywood v Wellers: CA 1976

Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc: SC 2 Mar 2016

The claimant had been assaulted and racially abused as he left a kiosk at the respondent’s petrol station by a member of staff. A manager had tried to dissuade the assailant, and the claim for damages against the supermarket had failed at first instance and at the court of appeal. Held: The appeal was allowed.Lord … Continue reading Mohamud v WM Morrison Supermarkets plc: SC 2 Mar 2016

Media Protection Services Ltd v Crawford and Another: Admn 16 Aug 2012

MPS had contracted to bring private prosecutions for unlawful reception and display of premier league football matches. It now appealed from a dismissal of the information. Held: The appeal failed. The director laying the information in the name of a private limited company, when acting for reward on behalf of a client in the course … Continue reading Media Protection Services Ltd v Crawford and Another: Admn 16 Aug 2012

Radford and Another v Frade and Others: QBD 8 Jul 2016

The court was asked as to the terms on which solicitors and Counsel were retained to act for the defendants. The appeals did not raise any issues concerning costs practice, and were by way of review of the Costs Judge’s rulings, and not by way of re-hearing; the question was whether the rulings had been … Continue reading Radford and Another v Frade and Others: QBD 8 Jul 2016

Aaron v The Law Society (the Office of the Supervision of Solicitors): QBD 13 Oct 2003

The appellant challenged an order suspending him from practice as a solicitor for two years. He had previous findings of professional misconduct in failing to pay counsels’ fees. In the course of later disciplinary proceedings he was found to have misled the court as to the circumstances of a tribunal hearing when obtaining a stay. … Continue reading Aaron v The Law Society (the Office of the Supervision of Solicitors): QBD 13 Oct 2003

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Wingate and Another: Admn 21 Dec 2016

The SRA alleged that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal had erred in not finding proven some of the serious allegations against the defendant solicitors proven. Held: Some of the appeals succeeded. Holman J [2016] EWHC 3455 (Admin) Bailii Solicitors Act 1974 England and Wales Cited by: See Also – Solicitors Regulation Authority v Wingate and Another … Continue reading Solicitors Regulation Authority v Wingate and Another: Admn 21 Dec 2016

BPE Solicitors and Another v Hughes-Holland (In Substitution for Gabriel): SC 22 Mar 2017

The court was asked what damages are recoverable in a case where (i) but for the negligence of a professional adviser his client would not have embarked on some course of action, but (ii) part or all of the loss which he suffered by doing so arose from risks which it was no part of … Continue reading BPE Solicitors and Another v Hughes-Holland (In Substitution for Gabriel): SC 22 Mar 2017

Bilkus v Stockler Brunton (A Firm): CA 16 Feb 2010

Solicitors appealed against the rejection of their claim for an uplift in their fees amounting to andpound;50,000, based on the value element in the transaction in the 1994 Order. The court had to decide whether the matter came under the rules as a contentious or non-contentious matter. There had been a dispute as to the … Continue reading Bilkus v Stockler Brunton (A Firm): CA 16 Feb 2010

Davies v Taylor: HL 1974

The plaintiff’s husband was killed in a road accident caused by the defendant’s negligence. They were childless. She had deserted him five weeks before his death and thereafter, he learned about her adultery with a fellow employee. He tried to effect reconciliation with her but she refused. Shortly before his death, he had instructed his … Continue reading Davies v Taylor: HL 1974

AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 Llp and Others: CA 14 Apr 2016

‘This appeal turns on the true construction of an aggregation clause contained in an insurance policy applicable to all solicitors’ indemnity policies pursuant to the requirement in the Solicitors’ Act 1974 for compulsory liability insurance for solicitors and the Minimum Terms and Conditions (‘MTC’) required to be incorporated into such polices.’ Held: Teare J went … Continue reading AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 Llp and Others: CA 14 Apr 2016

McGuffick v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: ComC 6 Oct 2009

Requirements for Enforcing Consumer Loan Agreement The claimant challenged the validity of a loan agreement with his bank as a regulated consumer credit agreement. After default, the lender failed to satisfy a request for a copy of the agreement under section 77. The bank said that though it could not enforce the agreement, it remained … Continue reading McGuffick v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc: ComC 6 Oct 2009

Regina v Preddy; Regina v Slade; Regina v Dhillon (Conjoined Appeals): HL 10 Jul 1996

The appellants were said to have made false mortgage applications. They appealed convictions for dishonestly obtaining property by deception. Held: A chose in action created by an electronic bank transfer was not property which was capable of being ‘obtained’ by deception under the Theft Act. The transfer of funds was carried out by the debiting … Continue reading Regina v Preddy; Regina v Slade; Regina v Dhillon (Conjoined Appeals): HL 10 Jul 1996

Solicitors Regulation Authority v Dennison: Admn 22 Feb 2011

The Authority appealed against the sentence imposed on the respondent by the Soicitoirs Discipinary Tribunal. He had been found to have taken undisclosed referral fees in personal injury litigation giving rise to conflicts of interest and to have been dishonest in part. He had been fined. The SRA said this was unduly lenient. Held: The … Continue reading Solicitors Regulation Authority v Dennison: Admn 22 Feb 2011

Truex v Toll: ChD 6 Mar 2009

The bankrupt appealed against an order in bankruptcy made against her on application by her former solicitors in respect of their unpaid costs. The bankrupt said that since the bill was yet untaxed, it might be altered and could not base a statutory demand. Held: The bankrupt’s appeal was allowed. A claim for solicitors’ fees … Continue reading Truex v Toll: ChD 6 Mar 2009

Malik Law Chambers (Solicitors), Regina (on The Application of) v Legal Complaints Service (The Law Society): Admn 6 May 2010

The solicitor objected to the orders made on a complaint by a client. The complaint had been investigated and satisfied, and the file closed. The interested party had it re-opened and pointed to losses. The adjudicator found the solicitor in breach in having exercised a lien over papers including passports to secure payment of the … Continue reading Malik Law Chambers (Solicitors), Regina (on The Application of) v Legal Complaints Service (The Law Society): Admn 6 May 2010

NML Capital Ltd v Argentina: SC 6 Jul 2011

The respondent had issued bonds but in 2001 had declared a moratorium on paying them. The appellant hedge fund later bought the bonds, heavily discounted. Judgment was obtained in New York, which the appellants now sought to enforce against assets in the UK. They argued that the terms of issue waived state immunity. Held: The … Continue reading NML Capital Ltd v Argentina: SC 6 Jul 2011

Anton Piller v Manufacturing Processes Ltd: CA 8 Dec 1975

Civil Search Orders possible The plaintiff manufactured and supplied through the defendants, its English agents, computer components. It had reason to suspect that the defendant was disclosing its trade secrets to competitors. The court considered the effect of a civil search order (as opposed to a criminal search warrant), where the court had in effect … Continue reading Anton Piller v Manufacturing Processes Ltd: CA 8 Dec 1975

Abacus Trust Company (Isle of Man) Colyb Limited v Barr, Barr, and Barr: ChD 6 Feb 2003

The court considered the Rule in Hastings-Bass, and specifically (1) whether the trustee’s decision is open to challenge when the failure to take a consideration into account is not attributable to a breach of fiduciary duty on the part of the trustee; and (2) whether, where a decision is open to challenge on the ground … Continue reading Abacus Trust Company (Isle of Man) Colyb Limited v Barr, Barr, and Barr: ChD 6 Feb 2003

Hazelhurst and Others v Solicitors Regulation Authority: Admn 11 Mar 2011

The claimants appealed against disciplinary orders. A member of staff had stolen substantial sums from client account. They had admitted breaches of the Accounts and Practice rules, but personally made good all losses. They said that the Solicitors Discliplinary Tribunal had failed to give adequate reasons for its decisions. Held: The appeal succeeded: ‘the SDT … Continue reading Hazelhurst and Others v Solicitors Regulation Authority: Admn 11 Mar 2011

Reardon Smith Line Ltd v Yngvar Hansen-Tangen (The “Diana Prosperity”): HL 1976

In construing a contract, three principles can be found. The contextual scene is always relevant. Secondly, what is admissible as a matter of the rules of evidence under this heading is what is arguably relevant, but admissibility is not decisive. The real issue is what evidence of surrounding circumstances may ultimately be allowed to influence … Continue reading Reardon Smith Line Ltd v Yngvar Hansen-Tangen (The “Diana Prosperity”): HL 1976

Norwich Pharmacal Co and others v Customs and Excise Commissioners: HL 26 Jun 1973

Innocent third Party May still have duty to assist The plaintiffs sought discovery from the defendants of documents received by them innocently in the exercise of their statutory functions. They sought to identify people who had been importing drugs unlawfully manufactured in breach of their patents. Held: Disclosure should be ordered. If someone, even innocently … Continue reading Norwich Pharmacal Co and others v Customs and Excise Commissioners: HL 26 Jun 1973

Rondel v Worsley: HL 1967

Need for Advocate’s Immunity from Negligence The appellant had obtained the services of the respondent barrister to defend him on a dock brief, and alleged that the respondent had been negligent in the conduct of his defence. Held: The House considered the immunity from suit of barristers acting in court. An advocate should remain immune … Continue reading Rondel v Worsley: HL 1967

Wrotham Park Estate Ltd v Parkside Homes Ltd: ChD 1974

55 houses had been built by the defendant, knowingly in breach of a restrictive covenant, imposed for the benefit of an estate, and in the face of objections by the claimant. Held: The restrictive covenant not to develop other than in accordance with an agreed lay-out plan was valid. It remained, or had not been … Continue reading Wrotham Park Estate Ltd v Parkside Homes Ltd: ChD 1974

Smith v Gale: ChD 1974

Three solicitors were in partnership. It was agreed that one would retire. He would take 10,000 pounds on retirement and his share of undrawn profits after an account had been taken. When the accountant certified the profits in line with previous . .

W v L: CA 1974

For civil patients, it matters a great deal whether the classification of their condition is ‘severe subnormality’ or just ‘subnormality’ or whether it is ‘mental illness’ or ‘psychopathic disorder’. Lawton LJ discussed the construction of the . .

Crossland v Hawkins: CA 1961

The taxpayer, a well known film actor, agreed to work through a company for three years being paid andpound;50 per week. The shares were transferred to his wife and accountant. His father in law set up a andpound;100 settlement for the benefit of . .