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Solicitors can owe a limited duty of care to third parties

Published on 16 February 2016. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In Caliendo v Mischon de Reya, the Court found that a firm of solicitors had not been retained, either expressly or impliedly, to represent the majority shareholders in respect of the sale of their shareholding in a football club.

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The end of the low cost insurance scheme?

Published on 15 February 2016. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) have taken disciplinary action against Mr Shay Reches, the firms Coverall and Millburn, and four other related individuals in relation to solicitors' professional indemnity insurance and other insurance scheme failures.

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LEO intent on including Third Party Debts

Published on 30 July 2015. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

Following on from my post earlier this year, it seems that LEO is set to go ahead with plans to consult on its vision of dealing with third party complaints.

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Incompetence as a defence? Stick to what you know!

Published on 24 July 2015. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

Branching out into an unknown area of law as a favour to one of your well-respected clients may seem like a natural extension to the "all-round client service" that you are accustomed to providing.

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PI Insurer Liable to indemnify firm of solicitors in respect of loans made to its clients by a finance company

Published on 04 February 2015. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The Court of Appeal has this week handed down its decision in Impact Funding Solutions Ltd v Barrington Support Services Ltd, which is a case that has sparked a lot of interest since the first instance judgment was delivered back in December 2013.

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LEO's future to include Third Party complaints

Published on 26 January 2015. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The Office for Legal Complaints board meeting before Christmas revealed that there is potential for redress for third parties as long as complaints could be 'clearly and tightly defined'. Currently, the Legal Ombudsman will only consider complaints made by a firm's direct client.

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Compareasolicitor.com: Simples?

Published on 26 January 2015. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The SRA has announced that soon law firms may be featuring on comparison websites. The SRA is currently collating information about law firms for use on such websites.

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Insurer collapse adds to mounting financial pressures within the legal sector

Published on 19 June 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

Latvian insurer Balva announced yesterday that it has called in liquidators, leaving approximately 1,300 firms of solicitors across England and Wales effectively without PI insurance cover.

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When the going gets tough, the tough must keep their standards….

Published on 06 June 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) yesterday warned solicitors of the danger of the non-compliance trap in tough financial times.

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CPR3.9 Refusal of relief from sanction - solicitors negligence claim now pending

Published on 31 May 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In Venulum Property Investments Ltd v Space Architecture Ltd & Ors, an application was made for permission to extend time for service of the Particulars of Claim as a result of the Claimant's solicitors misreading the relevant rule and failing to serve the Particulars within time.

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Causation Basics: The breach must cause the loss

Published on 07 May 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In the recent case of Clack v Wrigley Solicitors LLP, the Courts have reaffirmed the principles set down in SAAMCO and Nykredit; liability for loss is limited to the loss attributable to the misconduct.

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Take care of your letterhead ...

Published on 14 February 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In UCB Home Loans Corporation Ltd v Soni & Co the Court of Appeal has found that a partner in a solicitor's firm was not liable under the S14 Partnership Act 1980 for fraudulent representations made by another partner to a mortgage lender.

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New standard terms for Bar creating controversy

Published on 29 January 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The Law Society yesterday issued a practice note on the new standard contractual terms for the supply of legal services of barristers. These rules are due to come into effect in January 2013.

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Breach of trust: the new contributory negligence avoidance scheme for lenders

Published on 04 January 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In the current climate, the majority of claims we are instructed to defend solicitors against, are being brought by lenders, in the conveying context.

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Non-Party Costs Order against Solicitors acting on CFAs

Published on 03 January 2013. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In the recent case of Tinseltime Limited, the Defendants made an application for a non-party costs order against the Claimant's solicitor.

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No Cherry Picking documents by claimants once privilege has been waived

Published on 05 December 2012. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

In cases where solicitors are sued by their clients, a common issue to arise is the extent to which the privilege attaching to the solicitor's papers is waived as a result of the Claimant's allegations.

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Leo's "name and shame": The right approach?

Published on 27 November 2012. By Sally Lord, Senior Associate

The Legal Ombudsman (LEO) was established by the Office for Legal Complaints under the Legal Services Act 2007 to try and simplify the system and make sure consumers have access to an independent expert to resolve complaints.

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