Stoffel & Co v Grondona

Contract – Illegality. The fact that the claimant had been a participant in an illegal mortgage fraud designed to obtain money for the vendor did not preclude her from recovering against the defendant solicitors for negligence and breach of duty on the basis of the illegality principle. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, further held that the judge had been correct to conclude that the quantum of the claimant's loss had been the loss in value of the property at the time the negligence/breach of duty had been apprehended, not the amount of her continuing indebtedness to the chargee of the property.

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