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Sam Laughton acts for the successful claimant in the Chancery Division

10th Feb 2021

Sam Laughton recently acted for the successful claimant in Patel v Barlows Solicitors (A Firm) [2021] 4 WLR 6. After a 5-day trial in the Chancery Division, it was held that an abortive joint venture for the purchase and sale of properties was a “business” within the meaning of the Partnership Act 1890. In the alternative, it was held that the monies advanced by the claimant for the purchase were held by the conveyancing solicitors on a Quistclose trust for the claimant, despite the fact that he was not their direct client. The judge also dismissed a Berkeley Applegate application by trustees in bankruptcy in respect of their costs of recovering the monies from the solicitors, and set out detailed guidance as to the exercise of the Berkeley Applegate jurisdiction.

Samuel Laughton Samuel Laughton Call 1993
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