Clients who are disappointed by the outcome of their litigation can often feel in hindsight that it is their lawyer who is to blame for being too optimistic or pessimistic in their advice about the case. In the recent matter of Langsam v Beachcroft LLP [2012] EWCA Civ 1230, the claimant instructed the defendant firm of solicitors in relation to a professional negligence claim against his former accountants, which was settled by consent shortly before trial. The claimant then alleged that the defendant solicitors had, in the lead up to trial, given excessively cautious advice as to settlement and had failed to give appropriate advice on certain other matters. He claimed that this led to him settling the claim o...

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