Pritchard Joyce and Hinds v Batcup and Another: QBD 17 Jan 2008

The claimant solicitors sought contributions from counsel to the damages they had been obliged to pay to their client in negligence.
Held: Underhill J said: ‘My task is not to seek to decide definitively whether LL were liable in negligence to Mr and Mrs Fox for the amount of the loss settlement, but simply to decide whether the claim had a real and substantial prospect of success and thus constituted a thing of real value . . Even if there may sometimes be cases where it is open to the court, in effect, to try the lost action, this is certainly not one of them . . In performing that task I ought to take into account the principle deriving from Armory v. Delemirie (1722) 1 Strange 505, that if the negligence of the defendant has led to evidence being unavailable which might otherwise have assisted the victim of that negligence, he should not have the benefit of any consequent doubt.’


Underhill J


[2008] EWHC 20 (QB), [2008] Lloyd’s Rep PN 8




Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978


England and Wales


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Appeal FromPritchard Joyce and Hinds (A Firm) v Batcup and Another CA 5-May-2009
Standard expected of negligence claim on counsel
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Updated: 29 June 2022; Ref: scu.280277