Gorham and others v British Telecommunications Limited Plc, the Trustees of the BT Pension Scheme Standard Life Assurance Company S/S: CA 27 Jul 2000

Where an insurance company gave financial advice to a person to whom they owed a duty of care, and they were aware that that person was intending to provide for his dependants, then the insurance company owed the dependants a duty of care also. The principle established in White v Jones should not be narrowly construed. The advice presumed such an interest in the person receiving the advice.


Times 16-Aug-2000, Gazette 05-Oct-2000, [2000] EWCA Civ 234, [2000] 4 All ER 867, [2000] 1 WLR 2129




England and Wales


CitedWhite and Another v Jones and Another HL 16-Feb-1995
Will Drafter liable in Negligence to Beneficiary
A solicitor drawing a will may be liable in negligence to a potential beneficiary, having unduly delayed in the drawing of the will. The Hedley Byrne principle was ‘founded upon an assumption of responsibility.’ Obligations may occasionally arise . .

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CitedCommissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Lennon CA 20-Feb-2004
The claimant police officer considered being transferred to Northern Ireland. He asked and was incorrectly told that his housing allowance would not be affected by taking time off work.
Held: The break between employments had affected his . .
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Insurance, Professional Negligence

Updated: 31 May 2022; Ref: scu.147267