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Stand and deliver: what documents must a solicitor deliver up to its client when asked for 'the file'?

Published on 05 February 2016. By Claire Revell, Senior Associate

Most compliance managers or complaints partners will experience that sinking feeling when yet another file request lands on their desks, often with the distinct aroma of a 'fishing expedition'.

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47% decrease in claims against solicitors – a false sense of security?

29 January 2016

2015 saw a 47% decline in the number of professional negligence cases brought against solicitors to 221, down significantly from 418 in 2014.

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Standstills – direct, indirect, connected to, arising out of – has time been stopped?

Published on 27 January 2016. By Rachael Healey, Legal Director

Defendants are often invited to enter into Standstill Agreements, stopping time for limitation purposes.

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Update: CFAs will not continue for insolvent companies

Published on 25 January 2016. By Layla Todd, Associate

Earlier in April last year, we wrote an article on the insolvency exemption to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO).

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Pay the correct court fee – or else!

Published on 08 January 2016. By Jonathan Wyles, Legal Director

On 9 March 2015 there was a substantial increase in the fees to issue civil proceedings. As a result, the court fee is now £10,000 to issue a claim worth in excess of £200,000 (or the damages are unquantified).

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Lawyer v lawyer: where there's blame there's a claim?

Published on 09 December 2015. By Claire Revell, Senior Associate

Dissatisfied clients of law firms have probably never had so many ways to complain about their solicitor.

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Small businesses; large losses?

Published on 01 December 2015. By Robert Morris, Partner

On Friday the FCA published a wide ranging discussion paper in which it seeks comments on proposed changes to the way in which it, and the FOS, deals with SME businesses.

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Limiting your retainer – success before the Court of Appeal for divorce lawyers

Published on 20 November 2015. By Rachael Healey, Legal Director

Divorce settlements have attracted a number of professional negligence claims recently.

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British Racing no longer in the fast lane: indemnity costs prevail where costs claimed as damages

Published on 16 November 2015. By Chloe Derrick, Associate

In a notable departure from earlier case law, the High Court determined last month in Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd v Halliwells LLP (In liquidation) [2015] EWHC 2996 (Ch) that the proper method of assessing costs claimed as damages in the context of proceedings was on the indemnity basis.

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Loopholes in the Limitation Act – when will the court finally stop the clock?

11 November 2015

Think you're safe after the expiry of the statutory limitation period?

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