Court of Appeal re-visits ‘door of court’ settlement cases in the professional negligence arena

Today the Court of Appeal upheld Laing J’s exoneration of a solicitor and a barrister in a ‘door of the court’ settlement case. Jamie Smith QC acted for the solicitors. The judgment is of interest for Sir Brian Leveson’s comment that he saw merit in the proposition that it fulfils a solicitor’s duty of care to permit a trainee to accompany properly instructed counsel to a trial provided he/she has instructions that a qualified fee earner is available if the need arises. Click here to see a copy of the full judgment.