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Alex Hall Taylor

Lawyers

Alex’s considerable experience of lawyers’ liability work is very diverse, reflecting the broad range of work undertaken by both solicitors and barristers (although Alex tends to avoid personal injury, criminal, family, immigration or employment related work).  Alex’s cases tend to have a chancery or commercial aspect, and involve transactional work, general advice, or the conduct of litigation.  He also undertakes wasted costs work in relation to both solicitors and barristers.

Examples of recent, ongoing and reported cases include:

  • a “lost litigation” claim relating to conduct of the trial of a dispute over a joint venture to exploit car parking operations in central London
  • defending more than 400 claims by lenders and borrowers against a firm of solicitors arising from the collapse of the notorious Morris Property Group buy-to-let scheme (principally concerning alleged lack of disclosure of “gifted deposits”)
  • actions involving the conduct of solicitors in their capacity as professional trustees or executors (for example a professional trustee pursued for the allegedly dishonest administration of a family settlement and business over a more than 20 year period, or an alleged failure to seek to vary or properly to conduct the administration of an estate and family settlements: Jemma Trust Co Ltd. v Kippax Beaumont Lewis [2004] EWHC 1404 (Ch) and [2005] EWCA Civ 248)
  • advice, on instruction from the Canterbury Diocese, about former advice regarding the sale of church school sites
  • a claim relating to the release of title to an oil rig
  • an action for the recovery of costs incurred in the defence of an individual solicitor and employer firm to a negligence claim where the judge’s findings established dishonesty on the part of the individual solicitor
  • a claim against a former partner of a solicitors’ firm who misused millions of pounds of client funds in a circular Ponzi type fraud (and other actions to restore misappropriated client account monies)
  • claims regarding the provision of private funding to developers, and the failure to ensure adequate security and insurance was in place
  • numerous claims arising from inadequate advice or negligent conduct in connection with conveyancing transactions (acting for either purchaser or lender or both)