In re the Estate of Fuld, decd (No. 4): 1968

The solicitor sought to exercise a lien for his costs over money paid direct to his client.
Held: The solicitor’s right exists over both the amount of a judgment in favour of the client, and the amount of an order for costs in favour of the client.
The solicitor need not be still acting for the client at the time that the money was recovered. The right of the solicitor is one which the solicitor can enforce against the client, entitling the solicitor to an injunction to prevent the payment of the fund to the client without notice to the solicitor until such time as the quantum of the solicitor’s entitlement to be paid from the fund is ascertained: ‘It might, however, be argued that there is no fund in sight before taxation has determined the amount of it. . . Is it to be suggested, merely because the client has not ascertained the amount of the fund by agreement or taxation, that there is no fund? If this were the law, the client would indeed be able to deprive the solicitor of his lien, which, as was emphasised in Ex parte Bryant, it is the policy of the law to protect’.
The lien is seen as a valuable right and one which is ‘the policy of the law to protect’, but Scarman J said: ‘The duty of a Court is to intervene only if it be necessary for the solicitor’s protection, and then only to the extent necessary to safeguard his lien.’
Scarman J
[1968] P 727
England and Wales
See AlsoIn the Estate of Fuld, decd (No 3) ChD 1967
The deceased had spent relatively equal periods in two or more countries. The parties disputed his domicile.
Held: A blind adherence to foreign law can not be always expected of an English Court. The legal relationship between a person and the . .

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Updated: 18 July 2021; Ref: scu.556269