Focus On…Professional Liability
With Easter fast approaching and hope rising that we will soon be on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hardwicke Professional Liability team are looking forward to being able to meet up with you in person in the very near future.
In the meantime, this Focus On Professional Liability looks back at some of the content published by Hardwicke in the last six months which may be of interest.
We also give you advance notice of some of the online events that we will be running in the forthcoming months.
We hope you find this Focus On…Professional Liability useful.
Throughout recent months, the Hardwicke Professional Liability team has continued to produce articles aimed at assisting those operating in this area. In case you missed any of these, just click on the links below:
- The recent case of Large v Hart was analysed by James Hall. This is one of the few cases of negligence in relation to Homebuyers’ Reports and also provides qualifications to the SAAMCo doctrine.
- Martyn Griffiths looked, from a professional negligence point of view, at Abuse of process? Res judicata and collateral attacks on prior decisions after Allsop v Banner Jones Ltd and another.
- Colm Nugent looked at defending an expert from an adverse costs order application having been successful in so doing.
- Rob Hammond examined The illegality defence clarified: Stoffel and Co v Grondona. His article focuses on its interest for those involved in personal negligence claims.
- James Hall reviewed Assetco v GT: a chink in SAAMCo’s armour? And a lost chance to sort out loss of chance?
- Oliver Hyams analysed the recent Franked Investment Income Group litigation  UKSC 47 and mistaken payments and mistakes of law under the Limitation Act 1980.
- Misuse of directors’ loan accounts was the topic of Michael Maris‘ piece on Re Saint George Investment Holdings  EWHC 2965 (Ch).
- The new rules on witness statements were reviewed by Gemma Witherington (also a DDJ and Civil Recorder). This important topic is also being covered by an online Hardwicke event (see below).
- The Pallett v MGN Ltd case was a significant decision in relation to Part 36 case law. Colm Nugent analysed the consequences.
- William Golightly and Tom Bell had a look at Libyan Investment Authority v King which looked at amendments to add/substitute an otherwise time-barred new claim.
- William and Tom also reviewed HMRC v IGE USA Investments Ltd  EWHC 1716 (Ch) and the role of statements of case and lists of issues for disclosure in applications to vary disclosure orders.
We continue to host a varied programme of online events. The majority of these are following our #HardwickeBrew format (a 30 minute online interactive discussion hosted by a panel of our members). Our events also include our popular J2J programme aimed at junior lawyers or those wanting to brush up in a particular area.
Those coming up include:
You can sign up to any of these by either following the requisite link or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent topics covered have included:
- When insolvency strikes – the professional negligence lawyers’ survival guide
- Construction professionals, Covid and the Third Party (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010
- The A to Z of a Solicitors Act claim
- Choice of law clauses
- What Brexit means for litigators
- Restraint of trade
We also have a full programme of events in our other practice areas – construction, private client, property and clinical negligence/PI.
If you would like to access our library of recorded content, please click here. Of particular interest for those involved in professional negligence claims is Colm Nugent and Aneurin Moloney’s discussion of the liability of experts for wasted legal costs in the light of recent case law.
Areas of Practice
The team covers all aspects of Professional Liability including:
- Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury
- Financial Professionals, Insolvency Professionals, Directors & Officers
- Legal Professionals
- Property & Construction Professionals
You can find out more about each area by going to the Professional Liability page on our website.
If you would like to discuss a possible instruction, please contact the Practice Management Team.
There is also a dedicated suite of useful information and documentation on our Covid-19 Hub.
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