PI firms face deluge of costs claims after High Court ruling


Nick Lavender

Lavender: Solicitors owe clients fiduciary duty

Personal injury (PI) law firms that fail to spell out in their retainers the costs clients could be liable for beyond what is recovered from defendants face a wave of litigation following a landmark High Court ruling.

Even if they ultimately cap their recovery, this needs to be included in the retainer too.

Checkmylegalfees, which acts for the claimant in Belsner v Cam Legal Services Ltd [2020] EWHC 2755 (QB), said millions of clients may have claims a result.

Mr Justice Lavender’s ruling in what he recognised was a test case could end up in the Court of Appeal, as the firm – Norfolk firm CAM Legal – is seeking permission to appeal.

The story is reported in full on our sister site, Litigation Futures.




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