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Nationwide Building Society v various solicitors


Twelve related sample actions against solicitors arising out of losses on mortgage applications made by building society. This report identifies the specific issues related to each individual case.



These were twelve sample actions considered in one judgment.

In each case the judge dealt with (i) negligence and/or (ii) breach of fiduciary duty; where he found that there had been no breach of duty. he went on to consider what the position would have been if he had found for the Society on (iii) causation and (iv) contributory negligence.


Chancery Division
Blackburne J
Judgment date
2 February 1999

​LTL 1/3/99 : (1999) PNLR 606 : Times, March 1, 1999