A FIRM of solicitors is being sued for negligence by a client who claims it failed to protect his interests in respect of the purchase of two Sai Kung properties. Jimmy Kan Yau-ming claims that J Fang and Co did not exercise due care towards him, causing him to suffer loss and damage. According to a writ filed with the Supreme Court, Mr Kan retained the firm and Hui Man-pau to act as his solicitor in the purchase of two properties in Sai Kung at a total consideration of $1,933,333. On February 21, 1991, he paid the firm $2 million, this being roughly the purchase price, costs and stamp duties, the writ says. By way of formal completion, on the next day the vendor executed two deeds of assignment in respect of the properties. The deeds were immediately delivered to the office of J Fang and Co where they were executed by Mr Kan, the writ says. However, it is claimed, the deeds were not registered in the Land Registry, Sai Kung, or delivered to Mr Kan. Instead, the plaintiff contends that two deeds, both dated July 10, 1991, were registered by the firm on October 23, 1991, showing that Lam Kwok-man and Hui Man-fu were respectively the purported purchasers of the properties. Furthermore, the writ states, by two deeds of assignment, both dated September 16, 1991, the two pieces of land were said to have been sold to a Mr Siu by Mr Lam and Mr Hui at $3 million each - a total of $6 million. It is the plaintiff's case that the firm failed to exercise any due care in acting for Mr Kan in the purchase of the properties. Mr Kan also accused J Fang and Co of failing to take any necessary steps to protect his interests, or to act in accordance with his instructions. As a result, he has suffered loss and damages, it is pleaded.