Barrister faces writ for negligence

Barrister Lord Phillimore is being sued for more than £340,000 in a negligence action brought by two former clients.

Roy and Maureen Boswell have issued a writ claiming damages from Phillimore, who practises at Ian Karsten QC's chambers in Queen Elizabeth Building.

The writ says Phillimore acted for the couple when they were suing Romford Finance and Development Co and Atlantis One over a land deal.

The Boswells agreed to settle their claim against Atlantis for £62,500. But then, they allege, Phillimore negligently advised them it would be pointless and dangerous to continue their action against Romford.

The writ alleges the Boswells subsequently accepted such terms for settlement as they could to get out of the litigation. It calculates the Boswells' loss as £410,000, less £62,500 received from the Atlantis settlement, making a total claim of £347,500.

The couple's solicitor, Leslie Wilner, sole principal of G Houghton & Son in Walthamstow, said: “I had the highest regard for Lord Phillimore and I don't want to do anything to hurt him. But I don't think he has any defence at all apart from quantum.”

At the time of going to press Phillimore had not returned The Lawyer's calls.