Worldwide Corporation Limited v Marconi Communications Ltd (Formerly Gpt Limited) and Gpt (Middle East) Limited: CA 21 Jun 1999

Counsel, giving assurances in open court on behalf of his client, bound that client. This applied even though counsel might have been negligent, and / or might, in turn, be immune from suit. Courts must be able to rely, and act, upon assurances given by counsel. Decisions may be made as part of a litigation strategy which cannot be unwound.


Gazette 14-Jul-1999, Times 07-Jul-1999, [1999] EWCA Civ 1636


England and Wales


CitedArthur J S Hall and Co (A Firm) v Simons etc CA 14-Dec-1998
The court considered the limits on liability for professional negligence for lawyers in conduct associated with litigation, but outside the courtroom.
Held: Though the court must balance the need for protection against negligence by lawyers . .
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Legal Professions, Litigation Practice

Updated: 21 January 2023; Ref: scu.90611