Denton v Denton and Other: FD 1 Mar 2004

The solicitor had written in his client care letter that ‘we have agreed that a claim for costs will not be made until money is received at the end of the case’. The client resisted a request to pay counsel’s fees.
Held: Solicitors should take great care with their client care letters, but the letter should be construed purposively, and it was clear that the solicitor was agreeing only to postpone his own claim for costs.
Times 14-Apr-2004
England and Wales
CitedInvestors Compensation Scheme Ltd v West Bromwich Building Society HL 19-Jun-1997
Account taken of circumstances wihout ambiguity
The respondent gave advice on home income plans. The individual claimants had assigned their initial claims to the scheme, but later sought also to have their mortgages in favour of the respondent set aside.
Held: Investors having once . .

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Updated: 24 January 2021; Ref: scu.195741