*Steel and another v NRAM Ltd (formerly NRAM plc) (Scotland)

Solicitor – Negligence. The authorities demonstrated that a solicitor would not assume responsibility towards the opposite party unless it had been reasonable for the latter to have relied on what the solicitor had said and unless the solicitor should reasonably have foreseen that he would do so. Applying those principles, the Supreme Court allowed the appeal by the appellant solicitor (S) and her firm against a decision of an Extra Division of the Inner House of the Court of Session. The Inner House had held that S, who had represented HC Ltd in a loan transaction between HC and the respondent, NRAM Ltd, had assumed responsibility towards NRAM for negligent misstatements which had caused NRAM to suffer loss which it had sought to recover from S.

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