- Imposter issues—breach of warranty of authority and breach of duty of care (P & P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP)
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- What was the background to the case?
- What key issues did the court need to consider?
- What did the court decide?
- Where does the decision leave solicitors’ liability for fraud—particularly following Purrunsing v A’Court & Co?
- What practical implications could the decision have?
- Is the decision in line with other trends in this area? What are your predictions for the future?
Property analysis: In a case where the buyer of a property had paid the purchase price to a fraudster pretending to be the owner, the Chancery Division held that the buyer could not recover its losses from the solicitor or estate agents instructed by the imposter. Jason Nash, professional indemnity partner at BLM, explains the decision in P & P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP.
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