Mrs C Acted for the client in a claim against the solicitor and barrister who represented her in her divorce and ancillary relief proceedings. Both had failed to include a significant offshore pension fund when considering the matrimonial assets available for distribution upon divorce. The matter was settled at mediation.
Mr J The client had instructed a Firm of solicitors to represent him in defending criminal proceedings as brought against him for breaches of the Housing Act 2004 and in particular Houses in Multiple Occupation. The client was found guilty of the charges brought against him and was given a considerable and somewhat unreasonable fine. The client then instructed an alternative Firm to submit an Appeal on his behalf which was successful in getting the fine significantly reduced. Subsequent to this the initial Firm issued proceedings as against the client for unpaid fees, to which the client instructed us to defend and issue a counterclaim for professional negligence. The total claim against the client was in the sum of £33,960.97 including costs (exc VAT) however, taking into account the professional negligence claim, it was settled on the basis that our client pay to the Claimant, in full and final settlement the sum of £16,500.00.
Mrs D We acted on behalf of the claimant in relation to a claim against her former solicitors. The claimant’s husband had sadly died as a result of being discharged too early from hospital. The claimant instructed a Firm to pursue a clinical negligence claim against the hospital. When setting out the claimant’s loss in that claim, the solicitors claimed the incorrect bereavement award, failed to include any damages for pain and suffering and also failed to include interest. The claim against the hospital was settled on that basis. We were instructed to advise as to whether the solicitors had been negligent. We confirmed that they had and pursued the claim on behalf of the client resulting in a settlement in her favour.
Ms J Advising the client in relation to the failure of her former solicitors to adequately advise in relation to the co ownership of property with her partner at the time. Despite the fact that they were unmarried and our client had contributed the entire deposit, the property was put into the joint names of our client and her partner. When they separated, the ex partner became entitled to 50% of the property despite him having made very little contribution to it. This settled in the client’s favour.
Mr S The client had instructed his former solicitors to deal with his divorce and ancillary relief proceedings. The matrimonial assets consisted of 2 properties in the UK, 1 in India, some shares in the name of the wife and a car. When advising as to the division of assets, the solicitors failed to recommend to the client that he obtain valuations on the properties and thus all negotiations were based on estimates. The shares were also completely forgotten. The eventual agreement was that the wife would receive a fixed sum and the property in India (plus the shares which had not been considered). Our client would keep one property and the car; sell the other property to release the equity to pay the monies to the wife. It was then established that both UK properties were worth significantly less than estimated resulting in the wife getting her fixed sum payment and our client being left with significantly less. We pursued the former solicitors for professional negligence and were successful in doing the same obtaining damages through settlement on behalf of the client.