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Again, in Ross v Caunters [1980] Ch 297 liability was imposed for a negligent statement outside the rule in Hedley Byrne. In this case a solicitor had given negligent information about the witnessing of X’s will. X relied on this and as a result the plaintiff beneficiary was unable to inherit under the will. Liability was justified as the solicitor owed a fiduciary duty to X, the testator, that was breached. Furthermore, it was foreseeable that the plaintiff as a beneficiary would be affected.
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