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Bentley And Another -v- Gaisford And Another

21st Oct 1996

[1997] 2 WLR 401; [1997] QB 627; [1997] 1 All ER 842

David Bailey and David Allen – Solicitor – Costs – Lien – Plaintiffs having lien over client’s documents for unpaid fees – Client terminating retainer and requesting transfer of documents to defendants – Undertaking to hold documents to plaintiffs’ order – Defendants copying documents and sending copies to client – Whether breach of undertaking – Whether delivery up of documents and copies to be ordered – Whether plaintiffs entitled to compensation