The Professional Negligence Law Review, Edition 4

Published on 13 August 2021

The fourth edition of The Professional Negligence Law Review provides an indispensable overview of the law and practice of professional liability and regulation in 15 jurisdictions. It contains information that is invaluable to the large number of firms, insurers, practitioners and other stakeholders who are concerned with the liability and regulatory issues of professionals across the globe. The variation in law and practice across the different jurisdictions is very noticeable and underlines the usefulness of a guide such as this.

In most jurisdictions we now face a period of claims and regulatory issues arising out of the current economic and social turbulence. Jurisdictions and professions will be affected in different ways. In the United Kingdom, we will have the further changes following the country’s departure from the EU. The implementation of new trade arrangements and new jurisdiction and choice-of-law arrangements will follow. Rapid changes such as these and economic downturns are the dry tinder for professional mistakes and wrongdoing.

This fourth edition is the product of the skill and knowledge of leading practitioners in 15 jurisdictions, setting out the key elements of professional conduct and obligations. Each chapter deals with the fundamental principles of professional negligence law, including obligations, fora, dispute resolution mechanisms, remedies and time bars. The chapter authors then review factors specific to the main professions and conclude with an outline of the developments of the past year and issues to look out for in the year ahead.

I would like to thank all those who have contributed to this edition. The wealth of their expertise is evident in the lucidity of their writing; there are only a limited number of firms that have the breadth of practice to cover all the major professions. The individual contributors’ biographies can be found in Appendix 1. I would particularly like to thank my colleagues at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain for their input in preparing the chapter on England and Wales, and especially to Bryony Howe, who has assisted in its production with great knowledge and skill. Finally, the team at Law Business Research has managed the production of this fourth edition with passion and great care. I am very grateful to all of them.

Nick Bird, Partner

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