The authority of a solicitor under a retainer1 given by a client not mentally disordered at the time of giving it ceases2 as soon as the client becomes mentally disordered3. It is immaterial whether or not the solicitor was aware that the client had become mentally disordered, and if he continues to appear for him after the mental disorder has supervened he is liable in damages4 to the other party to the claim5. However, the question whether a claimant is mentally disordered is not an issue which it is competent to the defendant to raise in his defence, since,
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