Our client was a national charity. It bought a building to serve as its new head office, relying on a valuation provided by a major firm of surveyors. The surveyor negligently over-valued the property, and the charity suffered loss as a result of relying on the surveyors’ advice.
The charity could not afford to spend its funds on litigation and, as a responsible charity, felt unable to expose donated monies to the risks of litigation. We represented the charity under a full Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA), and so did the barrister who was instructed. The charity won its case. It did not have to pay anything at all towards its representation as the opponent was ordered to pay costs. The cost of an After-The-Event insurance policy was deferred to the end of the case, and (under the law as it then stood) the client was able to recover the premium from the surveyors.
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