The Law Society of England and Wales v Schubert Murphy (A Firm): CA 25 Aug 2017

The solicitors had made use of the online facility provided by the appellant Law Society to verify the bona fides of a firm of solicitors acting for a third party to a transaction. Relying upon the information, they suffered losses, and claimed in negligence. The Law Society now appealed against a refusal of its request for the claim to be struck out as arguable. It said that the information had been provided in pursuance of its function as a regulator.
Held: The appeal failed. The case remained arguable.


Sir Terence Etherton MR, Gloster VP CA, Beatson LJJ


[2017] EWCA Civ 1295




Solicitors Act 1974 6, Solicitors (Keeping of the Roll) Regulations 1999, SRA Practising Regulations 2009


England and Wales


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Appeal FromSchubert Murphy (A Firm) v The Law Society QBD 17-Dec-2014
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CitedCaparo Industries Plc v Dickman and others HL 8-Feb-1990
Limitation of Loss from Negligent Mis-statement
The plaintiffs sought damages from accountants for negligence. They had acquired shares in a target company and, relying upon the published and audited accounts which overstated the company’s earnings, they purchased further shares.
Held: The . .
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CitedSmith v Littlewoods Organisation Limited (Chief Constable, Fife Constabulary, third party); Maloco v Littlewoods Organisation Ltd HL 1987
The defendant acquired a semi derelict cinema with a view to later development of the site. A fire started by others spread to the pursuer’s adjoining property.
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CitedT v Surrey County Council and Others QBD 21-Jan-1994
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Updated: 23 May 2022; Ref: scu.593096