Cohen v Lorrells LLP (in liquidation) and another company

Practice – Striking out. The proceedings arose from two claims against the insolvent first defendant solicitors. The Queen's Bench Division held that to permit the claimant's claim for a declaration, that the second defendant was a successor practice of the first defendant, to proceed in its current form purely against the second defendant would clearly put the second defendant to a great deal of time and cost in circumstances where it had no direct liability to the claimant. Accordingly, it stayed the second defendant's application to strike out the claim for a declaration for a limited period, with a direction that unless the claimant applied to lift the stay altogether with an application to amend relating to the inclusion of the second defendant's insurers, the claim against the second defendant would be struck out without further order.

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