Playboy Club London Ltd and others v Banca Nazionale Del Lavoro Spa

Banking – Negligence. The first claimant, the club, was a casino in Mayfair, owned by the second claimant and third claimant. The defendant was a well known bank incorporated in Italy and part of the BNP Paribas Group. The club brought an action against the bank, alleging that the bank was negligent in providing a reference for one of its customers HB. HB's cheques were then accepted by the club which allowed him to play. HB made losses, the cheques bounced and neither he nor his assets could be found. The club claimed to have lost £1.25m. The Queen's Bench Division held that the club succeeded in its claim but for £802,940 not £1.25m and subject to a deduction of fifteen per cent for contributory negligence.

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