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Dcc661c9-d0e8-4771-b8a5-c93a33db06a2On 6 March, 1992, a firm of solicitors started a claim in the Crewe County Court against a former client for the recovery of £6,840 of fees for acting in a small building dispute. Eight years later the House of Lords handed down their opinions in the landmark case of Arthur JS Hall v Simons [2000] which removed immunity from suit for advocates for negligent acts and omissions in court. The solicitors’ fees claim had been met with a counterclaim from Mr Simons alleging negligence in the conduct of the building dispute. If you Google ‘Arthur JS Hall’ you will get around 1,200 results; it is probably not the kind of notoriety that the firm anticipated when it started its £6,840 fees claim.

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