- Solicitor and client retainers—termination by solicitor must be reasonable to recover costs (Manjit Gill v Heer Manak Solicitors)
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- What was the background
- What did the court decide?
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Dispute Resolution analysis: This High Court decision is a must-read for practitioners, providing a concise overview of the law concerning solicitors’ retainers, terminating these on short notice and the effect on a solicitor’s ability to recover costs in such circumstances. In this case, notwithstanding that the law firm in question had closed down abruptly, due to a failure to obtain professional indemnity insurance, Mr Justice Walker found the firm had behaved unreasonably in terminating the retainer at very short notice, leaving a client in the lurch, with a trial four months away. Consequently, the firm was unable to recover its unpaid costs. Written by Matthew Purcell, partner, and head of dispute resolution, at Saunders Law.
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