Awoyomi v Radford and Another: QBD 12 Jul 2007

The claimant sought damages from the defendant barristers who had represented her in criminal proceedings. They had not passed on to her the statement made by the judge in chambers that if she pleaded guilty he would not impose a sentence of imprisonment, but sought to persuade her to change her plea. When she did not do so, they withdrew from the case. The barristers denied negligence, but also said that the claim was out of time. The claimant said that her claim only became possible after the protection of barristers against actions in negligence was removed.
Held: The loss of immunity from suit was retrospective from 1991, and therefore time had begun to run, and the claim was statute barred.


Lloyd Jones J


[2007] EWHC 1671 (QB), Times 23-Jul-2007, [2008] 3 WLR 34, [2008] QB 793




England and Wales


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Professional Negligence, Limitation

Updated: 14 September 2022; Ref: scu.254586