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Solicitor continued to have lien over files notwithstanding allegation of negligence

By: Mark Tottenham BL

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High Court refuses to order a solicitor to release files to his former clients, where they had failed to pay his fees but sought the files for the purpose of investigating an action against him in negligence, on the grounds that such an order would make nonsense of the concept of a solicitor's lien.

Application for order that solicitor release files to clients - lien over files - desire to sue solicitor for alleged negligence - failure to pay solicitor.

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