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Solicitors’ firms feel the pressure as professional negligence claims soar

The Solicitors Regulation Authority is considering launching judicial review proceedings against the Legal Services Board’s refusal to lower the minimum level of professional indemnity insurance cover to £500,000.      Coverage is a more pressing issue than ever given that, in 2013, the number of negligence claims brought in the High Court against solicitors increa... [More]

Newcastle International Airport Ltd v Eversheds LLP - making sense of legalese

When faced with a complex legal document (the new procedural rules, being one example), it is often tempting to skim read and shrug off any incomprehensible sections, in the hope that they are not important. Newcastle International Airport Limited v Eversheds LLP ([2013] EWCA Civ 1514) demonstrates why it pays to press ahead – in a darkened room, with a wet towel over your head if needs be. ... [More]

NHS England: are GPs getting a fair hearing?

  GPs may not perform NHS services in England unless they are included in a national list (“the List”) held by NHS England. NHS England has powers to manage admission, suspension and removal from the List. If a GP’s name is not on the List he/she is prevented from practising. Evidently, therefore, NHS England’s list determinations have very serious ramifications f... [More]

The Supreme Court of Ireland reviews SAAMCo

In the Republic of Ireland this week the Supreme Court is being asked to consider one of the country’s largest lender cases of recent years: KBC Bank Ireland Plc v BCM Hanby Wallace (   In March 2012 Mr Justice McGovern held that the Defendant firm of solicitors had not merely breached its duty in not ... [More]

Kumar v GMC: misconduct in the form of recklessness

If we feel as lawyers we sometimes have it tough, spare a thought for your expert witnesses: no longer protected by the cloak of immunity from suit, following Jones v Kaney ([2011] UKSC 13), they also have to run the gauntlet against, at times, truculent regulators. The case of Kumar v General Medical Council ([2006] EWCA Civ 1390), serves as a reminder of the high standards to which the professio... [More]