White v Jones [1995]


  • Mr White asked his solicitor, Jones, to change his will to benefit his 2 daughters
  • Jones took a significant time to respond to this request, during which time White died
  • The daughters did not benefit from Mr White’s will, therefore claimed their losses from Jones


  • Could solicitors be liable to those with who they have no contractual relationship if they performed their work negligently


  • Jones was liable


  • As a special relationship existed, the Caparo test was satisfied as the loss was foreseeable, there was a proximate relationship between the client and his will’s beneficiaries, and there were no reasons why liability could not be fair, just and reasonable


[1995] 2 AC 207

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