Solicitor sues own firm for bad divorce settlement

A solicitor is suing his own firm for negligence and damages in the region of £300,000 in connection with advice he received ­concerning his divorce.

Andrew Grove is suing Andrew Grove & Co, of which he is a partner, in the High Court. Grove is also suing his barrister, Bernard Limbrey of Three Dr ­Johnson’s Buildings.

The divorce settlement required Grove to transfer the entire £370,000 equity of his home to his wife and pay £12,000 a year maintenance for his children.

This decision was largely based on an expert witness’s valuation of Grove’s firm that he claims was ­significantly overestimated.

The expert valued it at £347,500. In his negligence claim Grove says it was worth only £12,000.

Browne Jacobson ­associate Jim Hobsley is ­representing Limbrey on the case, while sole ­practitioner Graham Goodwill is acting for Grove.