SAAMCO – Where do we stand following Hughes-Holland v BPE?

26 May 2017


On 22nd March 2017, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Hughes-Holland v BPE Solicitors LLP [2017] UKSC 21. This was a highly-anticipated case containing a re-affirmation of the so-called “SAAMCO cap,” along with some helpful (although surprisingly brief) guidance as to how the principle applies in professional negligence cases.

The purposes of this paper are to:

a) Set out some background to the SAAMCO principle and the surrounding case law;

b) Examine the Supreme Court decision in BPE; and

c) Suggest an approach for practitioners seeking to determine what losses will be recoverable after application of the SAAMCO cap.

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