Narayanasamy v Karim & Anor [2020] EWHC B22

The Limitation Act 1980 And Recovery Of Unpaid Solicitors’ Fees

When does the six year limitation period begin to run for the purpose of recovering unpaid fees?

Applying principles established by the Court of Appeal in the nineteenth century case of Coburn v Colledge [1897] 1 QB 702 Master Leonard found that the contract of retainer between the solicitor and his client had ended in April 2013 when the solicitor’s partnership was converted to a limited company and he ceased to practice in his own name.

Consequently, it was determined that, despite the final bill not having been rendered until January 2014, any right to take legal action to recover payment for his legal services had been statute barred since the beginning of April 2019.