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Nicola Laver

Editor, Solicitors Journal




The Supreme Court has overturned a Court of Appeal ruling that had found nowdefunct Barnsley firm Raleys liable for loss of chance damages to a former client. Retired miner Franck Perry, whose claims for vibration white finger he said had been under-settled, brought a professional negligence claim against the firm. Raleys had earlier admitted breach of duty for failure to pursue a supplementary claim for services. Lord Briggs said the issue was not one of loss of a chance but whether Perry, had he been competently advised, would have brought the claim, something that had to be proved on the balance of probabilities.