Whilst your husband may still feel that he has an ethical liability to pay this money, legally, it is way out of time for the friend to bring a claim after 10 years.
Under the Limitation Act 1980, section 2, the time limit for bringing a claim in tort (negligence is tort) is 6 years.
In certain types of negligence (personal injury and clinical negligence) the period is only 3 years.
If your husband doesn’t want to pay, then he just needs to tell the ex-friend that the claim is statute barred under the Limitation Act 1980. If the ex-friend decides he wants to take your husband to court, then he uses the same defence.
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