‘Diminution’ is not something most people know about. Even solicitors may wonder what it refers to. Stewart Fairhurst, a Northumberland solicitor, has made this field ?of personal injury law ?his speciality.

One of his biggest diminution damages victories involved an Aston Martin of exactly the kind driven by James Bond. The DB4 was damaged in a crash and repaired, but the owner was awarded £20,000 because the car was still worth significantly less than it would have been had no accident happened at all.

Fairhurst began as non-practising barrister, lecturing at Northumbria University, before working for Dickinson Dees and...

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