Ezekiel v Lehrer: CA 30 Jan 2002

The applicant claimed that his solicitor had been negligent with regard to the execution of a mortgage. The solicitor said his claim was time barred. The claimant said the solicitor had hidden the true situation from him, and the solicitor replied that he had merely refused to answer a question put to him, but had instead advised him to take independent advice. The claimant appealed a finding against him.
Held: The claimant asserted that he had learned of the facts, then forgotten them until five years later. He could not claim to have been unaware of them so as to extend the limitation period.


Lord Justice Ward Lord Justice Jonathan Parker And Mr Justice Harrison


[2002] EWCA Civ 16, [2002] Lloyd’s Law Rep PN 260




Limitation Act 1980 32(1)(b)


England and Wales


CitedSheldon and Others v R H M Outhwaite (Underwriting Agencies) Ltd and Others HL 5-May-1995
The limitation period did not run whilst relevant facts were deliberately concealed after the damage had been concealed. Section 32 could apply where the concealment of the relevant fact took place after the event as well as at the time of it. The . .
Appeal fromEzekiel v Lehrer ChD 21-Mar-2001
The claimant had given instructions to the defendant with regard to a charge. The defendant came to know that he had made an error, and when asked by the claimant, declined to answer, and referred the claimant to independent advice. The claimant now . .
CitedCave v Robinson Jarvis and Rolf CA 20-Feb-2001
The court was asked as to the meaning of the word ‘deliberate’ as it appeared in section 32(2) of the 1980 Act. . .
CitedJames Brocklesby v Armitage and Guest (a Firm) CA 9-Jul-1999
A failure by an adviser to make his position clear when he thought he had been negligent, could constitute a ‘deliberate’ act within section 32 even if the defendant’s actions were not motivated by any intention to deceive the claimant: ‘it is not . .
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Legal Professions, Professional Negligence, Limitation

Updated: 05 June 2022; Ref: scu.167903