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Saved by the Cap: Third Party Costs Order

Published on 04 December 2014. By Tim Bull, Partner

On 30 June 2014 judgment was handed down by Mrs Justice Rose in Swynson Limited v Lowick Rose LLP (in liquidation)[2014] EWHC 2085 (Ch).

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Proposed reduction in solicitors' PII cover rejected

27 November 2014

The Legal Services Board has today refused the Solicitors Regulation Authority's proposed reduction in the minimum level of professional indemnity insurance cover from the current level of £2m to £500,000.

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"Time's up" – limitation for a claim against a valuer

Published on 17 November 2014. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

In a decision handed down last week, the court has provided further guidance on the limitation position for claims against surveyors.

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Financial Services: Minimising Risk in a Dawn of Opportunity

Published on 13 November 2014. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance

The Treasury provided an unexpected opportunity for financial advisers earlier this year when they announced that, from April 2015, investors may be able to unlock their pension funds and exercise greater control over investing their hard earned wealth.

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Who dares pays

Published on 06 November 2014. By Jonathan Wyles, Legal Director

In Excalibur Ventures LLC v Texas Keystone Inc & Others [2014] EWHC 3436 the Commercial Court has given a warning to third party funders that they can be liable to pay the costs of the winning party where they fund a hopeless case.

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Supreme Court ruling in eagerly awaited "sale and rent back" test case

03 November 2014

The Supreme Court faced the time honoured question of what happens in a fraudulent transaction where there are two innocent parties with competing claims…

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Court's firm stance refusing to extend valuer's duty of care in tort beyond his contractual duty

Published on 28 October 2014. By Helene Lee, Legal Director

In the case of Freemont (Denbigh) Ltd v Knight Frank LLP [2014] EWHC 3347 (Ch), a landowner instructed a valuer to prepare a valuation report for a plot of land.

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FCA approves 'independent' use of internal specialist advisers

Published on 17 October 2014. By Sarah Dowding, Senior Associate

Ever since RDR 'independence' rules were introduced nearly two years ago, financial advisers have sought clarification on referring clients to internal specialists within their firm for expert advice.

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Don't (Calder) bank on an analogy to the Part 36 regime

Published on 10 October 2014. By Laura Stocks, Senior Associate

When a party makes a Part 36 Offer, the consequences are clear. The rules and sanctions for failure to beat a Part 36 Offer are set out in the Civil Procedure Rules.

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Ammunition for Defendants: Claimants may have to waive privilege to prove mitigation

30 September 2014

The High Court recently found in a solicitors negligence claim that a claimant acted unreasonably in (1) settling an arbitration and then (2) refusing to waive privilege such that the Court could assess the reasonableness of the settlement.

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