Petersen v Personal Petersen (Deceased), Representative of: CA 31 Jan 2002

The claim was against a solicitor for negligence. The claimant had purchased a property in respect of which there was an unsettled dispute, He claimed that the solicitor had accepted a condition under which he accepted a proportion of the liability for the action. The estate of the client now appealed a finding of no damages for the one head of liability allowed.
Held: The court must examine the scope of the relevant duty by reference to the kind of damage from which the solicitor must take care to save the plaintiff harmless. The transaction was entirely neutral as to the value of the assets eventually held by the estate. The appeal failed.


Lord Justice Potter Lord Justice May Sir Murray Stuart Smith


[2002] EWCA Civ 194




England and Wales


CitedSouth Australia Asset Management Corporation v York Montague Ltd etc HL 24-Jun-1996
Limits of Damages for Negligent Valuations
Damages for negligent valuations are limited to the foreseeable consequences of advice, and do not include losses arising from a general fall in values. Valuation is seldom an exact science, and within a band of figures valuers may differ without . .
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Updated: 05 June 2022; Ref: scu.167914