The claimant alleged that the defendant firm of solicitors had failed to inform him that his girlfriend had a right to sever the joint tenancy of the property they had bought together. The claimant had expected to acquire the entire property on her death, whereas the property had in fact been vulnerable to the severing of the joint tenancy. The claim was held to be time-barred. The cause of action in tort accrued when the sale was executed (Law Society v Sephton considered). As for s14(1) of the Limitation Act 1980, the claimant had possessed sufficient knowledge of the facts to know that the damage was attributable to the defendant's negligence and to justify the commencement of proceedings more than three years before they were begun (Boycott v Perrins Guy Williams).