PM Law Ltd v Motorplus Ltd [2017] EWHC 1352 (Comm)

Jonathan Hough QC represented the successful defendant in this trial of claims brought by a firm of solicitors against a legal expenses insurance underwriting agency.  The dispute concerned the terms of a series of arrangements for referral of cases to the claimant firm, and in particular whether or not the defendant had agreed minimum volumes of cases to be referred.  In his judgment, Sir Richard Field found in favour of the defendant on a series of issues concerning oral discussions and agreements, and on the construction of a written referral contract.  On that basis, he dismissed claims pleaded at around £5 million.  Jonathan had previously acted for the defendant in striking out other claims in the action pleaded at over £3 million: see [2016] EWHC 193 (QB).

The full judgment can be read here: PM Law Ltd v Motorplus Ltd – judgment 14.6.17