Solicitors liable for half-million-pound property fraud

Conveyancers have joint responsibility to protect purchaser's money

14 Apr 2016

The High Court has declared a firm of conveyancing solicitors liable for a half-a-million-pound property fraud perpetrated by a client.

The case concerned a house in Merton Hall Gardens, Wimbledon, which was targeted by a fraudster network based in Dubai. The owner's identity was stolen and the fraudster posed as the seller in a sale to the claimant.

The fraud was discovered only after the claimant's life savings had been paid away and he was left empty-handed.

After a three-year legal battle, the claimant succeeded in his claim...

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