Latest by Laura Stocks

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Are procedural and administrative errors driving claims?

Published on 01 November 2021. By Laura Stocks, Partner and Georgia Durham, Associate

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The PI insurance market has continued to harden in 2021, with most firms seeing premium increases in their 2021 renewals. As we come out of a highly disruptive period off the back of the pandemic and adjust to a new way of working, the solicitors PI market is likely to continue to see claims arising in areas such as cyber-related incidents, residential conveyancing, commercial property, wills and probate, and lost litigation. In this article we look at a common thread in many of these types of claim: procedural and administrative errors.

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Aggregation under the solicitors' minimum terms: are primary layer insurers ready for potentially limitless liability?

Published on 13 August 2021. By Laura Stocks, Partner and George Barratt, Associate

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In Baines v Dixon Coles & Gill the Court of Appeal has substantially limited the extent to which claims against solicitors can aggregate.

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Solicitors' Undertakings: will the lacuna in the law undermine the smooth and efficient transaction of legal business

Published on 28 July 2021. By Laura Stocks, Partner and Tom Toulson, Senior Associate

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Solicitors undertakings are a vital tool in legal practice to ensure the smooth running of litigation and transactional matters.

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Reflective loss in claims against solicitors and accountants after Marex

Published on 14 August 2020. By Nick Bird, Partner and Laura Stocks, Partner

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The so called "rule against reflective loss" has been clarified in an important decision handed down by the Supreme Court in Marex Financial Ltd v Sevilleja [2020] UKSC 31.

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Privilege Absolute: documents remain privileged forever, unless privilege is waived

Published on 21 October 2019. By Nick Bird, Partner and Laura Stocks, Partner

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The Court of Appeal has taken a robust stance against an attempt to retrospectively redraw the boundaries of legal professional privilege in the recent decision of Addlesee and others v Dentons Europe LLP1.

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Challenge to SRA intervention rejected

Published on 11 August 2017. By Nick Bird, Partner and Laura Stocks, Partner

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Suspicion of wrongdoing in law firms gives rise to difficult judgments.

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The hidden costs of divorce – lawyers beware the price tag!

Published on 26 October 2015. By Laura Stocks, Partner

As a result of the Supreme Court's decision on 14 October 2015 in the cases of Sharland and Gohil, parties in divorce proceedings are now able to re-open their financial settlements where there is evidence of fraudulent non-disclosure.

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

Published on 10 October 2014. By Laura Stocks, Partner

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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Solicitors not under a duty to ensure that court staff issue in time

Published on 30 August 2012. By Laura Stocks, Partner

This case Page v Hewetts Solicitors caused a stir back in November when the high court held that a claim form was statute barred notwithstanding evidence it had been received by the court in time.

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Solicitors not under a duty to ensure that court staff issue in time

Published on 15 June 2012. By Laura Stocks, Partner

This case Page v Hewetts Solicitors caused a stir back in November when the high court held that a claim form was statute barred notwithstanding evidence it had been received by the court in time.

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