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Duty to warn is co-extensive with a solicitor's retainer

Duty to warn is co-extensive with a solicitor's retainer

The Court of Appeal has today (25 October 2018) dismissed an appeal which challenged a judge's finding that a solicitor was not under a duty to warn a ...

GDPR - Your obligations

GDPR - Your obligations

Now that the GDPR compliance emails flooding our inboxes have finally started to subside, it is perhaps timely to briefly outline the duties and oblig ...

The Court of Appeal considers assessment of damages in a claim for 'loss of chance' - Edwards v. Hugh James Ford Simey (a firm)

The Court of Appeal considers assessment of damages in a claim for 'loss of chance' - Edwards v. Hugh James Ford Simey (a firm)

The Court of Appeal has recently considered the correct approach to the measure of loss in a claim where a claimant has been deprived of a claim becau ...

"No games" – High Court rules solicitors are under no duty to highlight Claimant's errors

"No games" – High Court rules solicitors are under no duty to highlight Claimant's errors

Woodward v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd – 26 July 2018 On 26th July 2018 the High Court ruled that a solicitor was under no duty to draw an opp ...

Another headache for conveyancing solicitors?

Another headache for conveyancing solicitors?

Considers the Law Commission's proposal to reform the Land Registry indemnity scheme for victims of fraud As many solicitors undertaking conveyancing ...

Change in the direction of judicial thinking since Lewis v Ward Hadaway

Change in the direction of judicial thinking since Lewis v Ward Hadaway

Atha & Co Solicitors v Zoe Liddle [2018] EWHC 1751 (QB) In recent years, the issue of issuance of court proceedings with payment of a low court fe ...

Guidance for drafting witness statements

Guidance for drafting witness statements

A recent High Court decision in Autonomy Corp Ltd & Ors v Lynch & Anor [2018] EWHC 2105 (Ch) reflects on what constitutes a witness statement ...

SRA Warning Notices: Take Heed

SRA Warning Notices: Take Heed

Warning Notices published by the SRA over the summer have highlighted concerns about solicitor involvement in potential financial impropriety. The Not ...

The SRA's Risk Outlook

The SRA's Risk Outlook

In late July, the SRA published its latest Risk Outlook. In that document the SRA sets out what it considers to be the key areas of risk for law firms ...

Claim Worries 2018

Claim Worries 2018

Mistakes in the context of property transactions are still far and away the most significant causes of claims against the profession. Many of the mist ...