Indemnity insurance

High Court strikes out negligence claim against private client firm


The High Court has struck out a negligence claim against London private client specialists Harcus Sinclair on the grounds that it was statute-barred. The judge said it could not be argued that a partner had deliberately concealed his conduct when it was “done in plain sight” of his client and other parties’ lawyers.

May 31st, 2017

What’s in a name? Appeal judges reject pleas of claimant who sued wrong firm

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Appeal judges have rejected the pleas of a claimant who, faced by two law firms with similar names set up by the same solicitor, sued the wrong one. The court heard how Godfrey Morgan Solicitors and Godfrey Morgan Solicitors Limited were run “in parallel, as distinct businesses”.

May 16th, 2017

Non-lawyer managers setting bar high for equity partners, survey finds

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Fee income per partner at larger firms soared last year from an average of £777,000 to almost £1.4m, a survey has found. Accountants MHA, who produce an annual benchmarking report, said the main reason was a fall in the number of equity partners at these firms, helped by an increase in profitable work.

May 10th, 2017

Bird & Bird loses bid to overturn £2m planning negligence ruling

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A leading City law firm has failed to persuade the Court of Appeal to overturn a ruling that it was negligent in failing to highlight a major development planned to take place near a £26m residential property whose purchase it was handling.

May 10th, 2017

Court of Appeal orders controversial firm to compensate ex-miner for negligence

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The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that Raleys – the controversial but now defunct Barnsley law firm – should not have to compensate a miner who argued that its admitted negligence had caused him to settle a claim at an undervalue. Otherwise, it would be “far too easy for negligent solicitors to raise huge obstacles to claimants”.

May 2nd, 2017

Supreme Court hold law firm not liable for client’s commercial misjudgement

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The Supreme Court has upheld a ruling that a law firm which had been negligent in drawing up a loan facility agreement was not legally responsible for their client’s decision to actually make the loan. The decision has been branded as good news for solicitors, who “no longer appear to be expected to underwrite claimants’ risks and business ventures”.

March 23rd, 2017

Supreme Court backs insurer’s bid to cap liability for multiple claims against law firm

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The Supreme Court has sided with a leading professional indemnity insurer in interpreting the rules that govern the way insurers can aggregate multiple claims against solicitors. Overturning the Court of Appeal, it was ruling in claims by investors against a law firm arising from failed property developments in Turkey and Morocco.

March 22nd, 2017

Court of Appeal again rejects summary judgment ruling favouring solicitors’ firm

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TThe Court of Appeal has again allowed an appeal against a ruling giving a firm of solicitors summary judgment, this time in relation to a claim for non-payment of fees and a counter-claim of negligence against them.

March 9th, 2017

Appeal court sends £4m solicitors’ negligence claim to trial

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The Court of Appeal has overturned a ruling that gave a national law firm summary judgment in a case alleging that its negligence had caused a company to lose a £4m intellectual property licensing deal with a global engineering giant.

March 8th, 2017

Law Society attacks SRA’s “limited” indemnity insurance research, including failure to consider cybercrime

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Research by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to support its plans to reform indemnity insurance has “clear limitations”, ignoring the recent increase in claims related to cybercrime among other failures, the Law Society has claimed as it geared up for the next round of its battle with the regulator over the reforms.

March 8th, 2017