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FOS backs down and agrees: award limit applies in avoidance cases

Published on 08 March 2017. By Robert Morris, Partner

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In R (on the application of Aviva Life & Pensions (UK) Limited) v Financial Ombudsman Service [2017]1 Aviva judicially reviewed a Financial Ombudsman Service decision that required them to reinstate a life insurance policy they had avoided for non-disclosure.

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Solicitors duty to warn - when does it arise?

Published on 01 March 2017. By Paul Castellani, Partner

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The Court of Appeal has recently dismissed an appeal against the decision of Michael Bowes QC sitting as a deputy judge in the Queen’s Bench Division in Balogun v Boyes Sutton & Perry [2017] EWCA Civ 75.

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General Liability update, January 2017

Published on 18 January 2017. By Gavin Reese, Partner

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In this issue we consider how Insurers might secure the evidence needed to defend long-tail disease claims, with the collateral benefit of reducing the risk of more immediate prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive for non-compliance with Health and Safety Regulations.

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Court of Appeal applies Wellesley to a claim against lawyers

22 December 2016

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On 21 December 2016 Lord Justice Jackson and Lord Justice Patten overturned a loss of chance judgment for £2m against lawyers on the grounds that the damage was too remote.

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Life Sciences, December 2016

Published on 16 December 2016. By Dorothy Flower, Partner

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Welcome to our final Life Sciences update of 2016. In this edition we cover Wilkes v DePuy (the recent judgment that deals with medical products liability and is a boost for defendants), the Brexit debate continued, fitness trackers making people unfit and insurers and manufacturers preparing for the outbreak of rare diseases.

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Supreme Court considers the application of SAAMCo to claims against lawyers

Published on 15 December 2016. By Nick Bird, Partner

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The test for remoteness of damage in claims against lawyers is going to be examined today and tomorrow by the Supreme Court. The justices hearing the appeal include the president Lord Neuberger together with Lord Mance, Lord Clarke, Lord Sumption and Lord Hodge.

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The proof of the pudding is in the eating

Published on 23 November 2016. By Catherine Percy, Partner and Alice Wilson, Senior Associate

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Insureds can have their cake but only if they eat it too

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A new and better approach to claims against financial advisers?

Published on 03 October 2016. By Robert Morris, Partner

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A Judge has found in favour of Coutts in a claim for negligent investment advice for just under £3.3m plus interest. The Judge’s findings are of interest given that he refused to assess whether the investments recommended were suitable for the Claimants according to a body of accepted professional opinion (the so called “Bolam Test”). Instead, the Judge focused on whether the risks of the investments were properly explained to the Claimants, whether they could afford to take such risks and showed themselves willing to do so.

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Changing experts - a risky business

Published on 07 September 2016. By Alan Stone, Partner

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The recent case of Allen Tod Architecture Ltd (In Liquidation) v Capita Property and Infrastructure Ltd (previously known as Capita Symons) provides a timely reminder of the risks of changing experts. In this case, the Defendant made an application for specific disclosure of documents prepared by the Claimant’s first expert. The High Court held that privilege in such documents should be waived and the documents should be disclosed where a party seeks to rely upon the evidence of an alternative expert.

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Life sciences, August 2016

11 August 2016

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Here is our latest life sciences update. Read on for practical tips on the Insurance Act 2015, the implications of the NHS wading into the debate over diagnostic apps, how Brexit may affect medical regulations and impending litigation over fertility treatment. Some of these topics will be addressed in more detail in our next life sciences seminar on 20 September 2016. To register your interest, please email seminars@rpc.co.uk.

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