David Hart QC and John Whitting, instructed by Beachcoft, succeeded in defending North West law firm Mace & Jones against professional negligence claims by construction company D Morgan relating to advice provided by the firm on a number of planning issues connected to Bold Heath Quarry in St Helens. The claim totalled some £50m with a loss of profits claim of some £40m.

Mr Justice Coulson dismissed the claim against the firm in its entirety, rejecting the contention that any negligence had been causative of a loss. He also concluded that the follow on claim for loss of profits was “fundamentally flawed”.

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