I have 20 years' experience working in taxation, probably the most convoluted area
of law in the country's entire collection of statue books.
Sadly, though, nothing in those 20 years could prepare me for dealing with solicitor Paul
Kite of IBB Law and barrister Andrew Bruce of Serle
Court Chambers .....
And here are some examples of why. After all, they have out-takes of bloomers on TV,
so why not in a Court case? Let's see just what Renault's lawyers got up to that they
would probably rather forget about.
As this extract shows, the Claim lodged with
the Court is quite possibly the most boring document ever, but Renault's lawyers started
their bungling right there.
Just think how many lawyers must have drafted, reviewed, revised and polished this
document, after which it was then read and signed by Renault's own in-house lawyer
Simon Tippet before being filed at the High Court.
Yet every one of those lawyers missed a simple mistake. Don't bother to read the whole
extract - just click here to see the schoolboy error.
So, off to a great start then! But this was just a foretaste of what was to come.
Move on to the Pre-Trial Hearings where, just as I was being annihilated by Renault's
barrister Andrew Bruce, I was saved by another legal
Renault's barrister and Deputy District Court Judge, Andrew
Bruce, both shot himself in the foot and gave me a fighting chance with a few
randomly chosen yet totally misplaced words. Read
But no individual screw up by a lawyer can compete with what happens when they collaborate
to make a mess of things.
Consider this. Your client has charged you with preparing a claim for damages.
It's one of the most straightforward concepts in law. You suffer a loss because of
someone else and you sue them to recover that loss. Simple, yes?
Well, not quite. At least not for solicitor Paul Kite of
IBB Law and barrister Andrew Bruce of Serle Court Chambers.
Between them they managed to fight a year long legal claim for damages and go through
a six day trial without ever showing that their client had actually lost any money.
In fact, between them, Paul Kite and Andrew
Bruce managed the case in such a way as to convince the Court that their client
had instead actually benefitted financially from what had happened.
And that's not just my view. Read what the
Trial Judge said.