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merivale moore plc v strutt & parker [1999]

Merivale Moore, a property developer, were advised by Strutt & Parker, a firm of surveyors, valuers and estate agents, in connection with the purchase and development of a leasehold property.

Residual valuations were provided by Strutt & Parker in respect of a short lease focussing on dual yields. The purchase proved to be a disaster for Merivale Moore and they brought a claim for negligence against Strutt & Parker.  Strutt & Parker sought to argue that the residual valuations did not amount to full valuations and they were not liable for the contents of the residual valuations.

Russell-Cooke acted for Merivale Moore.

The Judge found that  the unqualified advice given by Strutt & Parker had been  been negligent. The court awarded over £2m in damages to Merivale Moore.