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Solicitors' Risks in Brief newsletter - April 2020

Published 6 April 2020

Regulatory

The SRA Standards and Regulations 2019

On 25 November 2019, the SRA introduced its new Standards and Regulations. Its aim was to simplify the rules applying to the profession and to provide more freedom and flexibility in a modern, legal services market.

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Carry On Consulting: Potential Compensatory Reform

In 2014 the SRA began a series of consultations designed to ‘reduce the regulatory burden’ upon law firms and practitioners, whilst preserving the necessary protections for clients

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    Other Articles

The Doctrine of Loss of Chance: Recent Developments

The doctrine is used to determine causation and assess damages in cases where the claimant has lost the opportunity to pursue a course of action, which they contend would have been pursued and had a “chance” of achieving some (usually monetary) benefit.

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There is now a “Dominant Purpose” test for legal advice privilege – some practical points for in-house lawyers

‘Litigation’ privilege has long been subject to a ‘dominant purpose’ test. For a document to be privileged, the dominant purpose for its creation must have been for use in relation to contentious proceedings.

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Statement of Truth – Change in wording on 6 April 2020

From 6 April 2020, documents requiring a signed statement attesting to a belief in the truth of the facts within that document, must also include the additional words set out in bold below.

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Update on Settlement of future losses in personal injury claims

At the end of last year the Office for National Statistics published its latest population projections. Amongst these figures was the projected life expectancy. It is still assumed that life expectancy will increase but less quickly than the ONS projected in 2016.

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Stamp Duty relief traps for conveyancers

In our article published on 2 April 2019 we warned of the rise in claims against conveyancers and other property professionals arising out of an alleged failure to advise purchasers that they could claim multiple dwelling relief (“MDR”) when purchasing a residential property with more than one “dwelling”. 

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As you were, for under-settled NIHL claims following Supreme Court ruling in Edwards

Professional negligence claims against solicitors for under settling Noise Induced Hearing Loss (“NIHL”) claims are on the rise and look to be gathering momentum. 

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Authors

Catrin Davies

Catrin Davies

Newport

+ 44 (0)1633 657682

Philip Murrin

Philip Murrin

London - Walbrook

+44 (0)20 7894 6900

Parminder Badhan

Parminder Badhan

London - Walbrook

+44 (0) 20 7894 6186

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