Forsters hit by £150K negligence action

Mayfair firm Forsters has been accused of negligence and breach of contract by former client Benchmark, a London property investment company.

Benchmark, which was bought by GE Real Estate in 2004, is claiming up to £150,000 in damages and has alleged the negligence was in relation to the drafting and subsequent handling of three property leases and an adjoining piece of land in Westminster.

The property investment company had looked to rent the property and land from 29 November 1999. However, this did not go to plan, with Benchmark alleging that Forsters did not correct the ;invalidity ;and/or ­ineffectiveness of the leases.

The claim has been brought by Benchmark Group and Benchmark St John Street, with both ­companies seeking up to £150,000 in damages – and no less than £115,000.

Forsters declined to ­comment on the claims.