In re Jones: ChD 1870

The solicitor had engaged to indemnify the plaintiff against the costs of a ‘doubtful suit’ which failed. Lord Hatherley LC said that he thought it the duty of the Court to be anxious to see that solicitors not only performed their duty towards their own clients but also towards all those against whom they were concerned: ‘The view of the court is, that when a solicitor takes upon himself the conduct of a suit by saying that he will indemnify his client against all costs – where the plaintiff is a mere puppet, and the real party suing is the solicitor – the court will hold the solicitor liable for all the expenses to which he has put the other parties by his conduct.’


Lord Hatherley Lc


(1870) LR 6 Ch 497


England and Wales

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Legal Professions, Costs

Updated: 04 May 2022; Ref: scu.676822