Thanks for the reply. Would failing to produce in evidence a document that was in their possession and they had been briefed about, which would have countered a key element of the judgment, count as negligent. Not least when they tried to subsequently adduce it for the permission to appeal hearing and were rebuffed with they should have 'produced it at the time'.
Am loathe to spend any more time/money on it.
There are some specialist solicitors who take on professional negligence cases on a Conditional Fee Agreement (commonly known as "no win, no fee" - you can find one by running a search through the Law Society Find A Solicitor database. If you use the "pro search" option you can specify by field of law, and by geographical area. solicitors.lawsociety.org.uk/?Pro=True
The problem is, that if your (or your partner) is unsuccessful, you could be issued with a costs order, and have to pay not only your own legal fees, but those of the other side as well. It's a massive gamble.
Thank you , very helpful. It's bad enough not to have won once, but to fail and pay a second time would be ruinous. And having seen the quality of judges who make decisions, as you say a massive gamble. Event insurance might mitigate I suppose, but already costs would be starting to creep up.