Attorneys’ negligence and third parties

Submitted by Firm:
Canterbury Law Ltd.
Firm Contacts:
Juliana Snelling

In Bermuda a claim by a client against a lawyer will arise in contract rather than in negligence. That is because in Bermuda there is at present no concurrent liability in contract and in negligence. But a lawyer may owe a duty in negligence to someone other than a client (a "third party") in exceptional circumstances. That duty may extend to a person for whom the lawyer undertakes to act professionally without reward and to another specifically in the lawyer's contemplation, such as the beneficiaries under a will.

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