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Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence

A litigant in person was suing for £750,000 over an allegedly defective post­nuptial agreement. His misunderstanding of the law was a barrier to settlement, and he was facing financial disaster at trial.

There were six solicitors and a claims manager on the other side. Chris arranged for just two solicitors to meet the litigant and explain the law to him. The claims manager agreed to write off costs of £134,000 (any attempt to recover costs would have been a Pyrrhic victory) and the claimant agree to accept £30,000 in full settlement. Both sides wrote to Chris afterwards expressing their thanks.

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