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Moy v Pettman Smith & Anor (HL)




LTL 3/2/2005; [2005] UKHL 7; [2005] 1 WLR 581; [2005] 1 All ER 903; [2005] NPC 15; Times, February 4, 2005 2005-02-03

Case considered the nature of a solicitor's or barrister's duty to advise on settlement, and the standard of care involved. In particular whether there is any duty to give detailed advice as to the risks involved. Held: taking account of all the circumstances, advice given by the appellant barrister to the claimant fell within the range of that to be expected of reasonably competent counsel of the appellant’s seniority and purported experience and the Court of Appeal had therefore judged her actions too harshly.