Hanbury (administrator of the estate of Hanbury, deceased) and another v Hugh James Solicitors (a firm)

Negligence – Professional negligence. The claimants brought a professional negligence claim, on behalf of the widow and estate of the deceased, against the defendant firm of solicitors that had been instructed to pursue a claim arising out of his death from asbestos related lung cancer. The claim had not proceeded after an unfavourable medical report had been obtained and it was contended that the solicitors had omitted highly material evidence when instructing the medical expert, and had then failed to notice that that had not been considered. Breach of duty was subsequently admitted. The Queen's Bench Division ruled that the claimants had lost something of real and substantial value through the defendant's negligence and that they were entitled to recover damages assessed in the sum of £104,283, together with interest to be assessed from 1 January 2014.

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