Brachers awaits goat decision

South East firm Brachers is awaiting the outcome of a Court of Appeal hearing over allegedly negligent advice it gave to two goat farmers.

In the High Court 12 months ago, Mr Justice Jack found Brachers negligent over advice to claimants Mr and Mrs Browning, who bought a goat farming business in the early 1990s.

Judge Jack found that Brachers had failed to progress an action brought by the couple against the goats’ seller after they found the herd was infected with Johne’s disease. He also found the firm had failed to secure expert witnesses for a potential trial.

The Brownings were awarded £46,357, but went to the Court of Appeal because they believed that order was too low. Judgment in this hearing was reserved.

David Blunt QC of 4 Pump Court acted for the claimants, instructed by Gregory Rowcliffe Milners associate Liz Philpott. Barlow Lyde & Gilbert partner Stuart Hall represented Brachers, instructing Ian Croxford QC of Wilberforce Chambers.

Brachers was unavailable for comment.