A solicitor does not have a duty to obtain medical evidence of a client's mental capacity solely because the client is elderly, but only where there are circumstances that raise doubt about capacity in the mind of a reasonably competent practitioner. No such duty arose in this case, nor were the defendant solicitors under any duty to require their elderly client to obtain an independent valuation of a property to be sold (Thorpe v Fellowes Solicitors LLP [2011] EWHC 61 (QB)).