James-Bowen and others v Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Practice – Summary judgment. The defendant Metropolitan Police Commissioner sought to strike out or summary judgment in, the claimants' claims for breach of contract, negligence and misfeasance in public office. The Queen's Bench Division, in granting the Commissioner's application, held that he was entitled to maintain legal professional privilege, as no joint retainer, joint interest or common interest privilege existed. Further, the Commissioner had not been negligent or assumed responsibility for the claimants' interests and nothing warranted an adjournment to allow the claimants to re-plead their case on misfeasance in public office.

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