High Court finds that a claimant’s “awareness” of a representation is an essential prerequisite to a claim for misrepresentation

In a recent decision, the High Court has struck out claims against a defendant bank alleging implied fraudulent misrepresentations in relation to LIBOR, on the basis that the claimants had failed to plead that the alleged representations were actively present in their mind when entering into the products in question and therefore the claim stood … Read more

Supreme Court applies Patel v Mirza to reject illegality defence to solicitors’ negligence claim where claimant had engaged in mortgage fraud

The Supreme Court has held that a claimant who had engaged in mortgage fraud was not barred from bringing a claim against her solicitors for negligently failing to register the forms transferring the property to her and releasing a prior mortgage: Stoffel & Co v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42. The decision applies the (relatively) new … Read more

Court of Appeal confirms test for dishonesty in dishonest assistance claims

The Court of Appeal has held that an accountant member of a multi-disciplinary firm of solicitors was liable as an accessory for dishonestly assisting breaches of trust, overturning the High Court’s decision to the contrary: Group Seven Limited & Ors v Notable Services LLP & Ors [2019] EWCA Civ 614. The appeal turned on the question of whether … Read more

Court of Appeal decision emphasises need to plead conspiracy claim in full 

In a recent decision, the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s refusal to allow the claimants to pursue claims in unlawful means conspiracy: Elite Property Holdings Ltd v Barclays Bank plc [2019] EWHC Civ 204. While this decision did not involve new law, it serves as a reminder of the difficulties of bringing a … Read more