CA: Judge was wrong not to order all of part 36 enhanced awards – Litigation Futures

Posted November 18th, 2020 in appeals, costs, indemnities, interest, news, part 36 offers, telecommunications by sally

‘Making one of the four enhanced awards of beating a part 36 offer does not “in any way” undermine or lessen entitlement to the others, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 18th November 2020

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FCA v Arch and Others [2020] EWHC 2448 (Comm): COVID-19 business interruption insurance – 12 King’s Bench Walk

Posted November 17th, 2020 in causation, contracts, coronavirus, financial regulation, indemnities, insurance, news by sally

‘The coronavirus pandemic has led to ongoing widespread business disruption and closures with a second national lockdown commencing this week. As such, certainty over whether business can bring claims under their business interruption (“BI”) insurance policies could not be more important.’

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12 King's Bench Walk, 2nd November 2020

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Court of Appeal refuses permission to appeal Swift v Carpenter – Litigation Futures

‘The Court of Appeal has refused permission to appeal Swift v Carpenter, its recent decision that replaced the Roberts v Johnstone formula for calculating accommodation claims by injured people.’

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Litigation Futures, 6th November 2020

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Insurer fails in aggregation argument over partner’s multi-million pound thefts – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has refused to aggregate as one claim various actions a Yorkshire law firm’s indemnity insurer is facing because of a multi-million pound fraud run by one of its partners.’

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Legal Futures, 4th November 2020

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Defendant’s “potential exposure” not relevant to security for costs – Litigation Futures

Posted September 2nd, 2020 in costs, fiduciary duty, indemnities, insurance, law firms, news by tracey

‘A defendant’s potential exposure to paying the premium for after-the-event (ATE) insurance necessary to meet its demand for security for costs was “not relevant” to the question of security, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st September 2020

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Claimant ordered to pay defence costs after fundamental dishonesty finding – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 5th, 2020 in appeals, compensation, costs, damages, deceit, indemnities, news, personal injuries by sally

‘The High Court has reversed a costs order on appeal after a successful defendant had initially been forced to pay most of the losing claimant’s costs.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st August 2020

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New high for NHS claims settling before proceedings – Litigation Futures

‘The percentage of clinical claims against the NHS being resolved before issue has continued to climb to new levels, although claimant legal costs have also increased over the past year.’

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Litigation Futures, 21st July 2020

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Discontinuing or settling a claim? Lawyers Beware – No. 5 Chambers

‘Thinking of discontinuing, or settling a claim? This 21-page Judgment (admonishment) provides some important guidance on the dos and don’ts, particularly the don’ts.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 19th June 2020

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The death of “forensic prestidigitation” in construing commercial contracts? Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd and others v Clark and others – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted May 26th, 2020 in appeals, chambers articles, contracts, indemnities, interpretation, news by sally

‘Judgment in Towergate Financial (Group) Ltd and others v Clark and others was handed down on 24 April 2020 in this interesting case that turned upon the correct construction of a notice clause in a share purchase agreement (SPA).’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 13th May 2020

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Avoidance Of Insurance Policy Due To Unintentional Non-Disclosure Clause: Acorn Finance Limited v Markel (UK) Ltd [202] EWHC 922 Considered – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 19th, 2020 in chambers articles, indemnities, insurance, negligence, news, valuation by sally

‘In this recent case, the Defendant was the professional indemnity insurer of Westoe 19 (formerly Colin Lilley Surveying Limited) referred to throughout the Judgment as “CLS”. CLS was a limited company whose business was property valuation.’

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Park Square Barristers, 12th May 2020

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Successful defendant penalised in costs for ADR failure – Litigation Futures

Posted May 15th, 2020 in costs, dispute resolution, indemnities, news by sally

‘The High Court has penalised a successful party for refusing to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), saying it had brought the litigation on itself as a result.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th May 2020

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Charterparty Indemnity Clauses and Injunctive Relief – 33 Bedford Row

Posted April 20th, 2020 in chambers articles, charterparties, indemnities, interpretation, news by sally

‘The case concerned the interpretation of an indemnity clause in an amended Shellvoy6 form Charterparty and whether the Claimant time charterers should be granted injunctive relief, in the form of security to be provided by the Defendant voyage charterers, so as to enable release of the MT “Miracle Hope” (the “Vessel”), which was under arrest in Singapore.’

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33 Bedford Row, 7th April 2020

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Union seeks legal immunity for NHS medics in pandemic – The Guardian

Posted April 20th, 2020 in coronavirus, dentists, doctors, immunity, indemnities, negligence, news, nurses, trade unions by tracey

‘The NHS could be faced with billions of pounds of medical negligence claims if it does not grant some form of legal immunity to medics risking their lives during the pandemic, the government has been warned. The Medical Defence Union (MDU), which provides legal support to around 200,000 doctors, nurses, dentists and other healthcare workers, is calling for a debate over the need for emergency legislation.’

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The Guardian, 19th April 2020

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High Court judges order indemnity costs over ADR failures – Litigation Futures

‘The courts are getting harder on parties who fail to follow directions to try alternative dispute resolution (ADR), with judges imposing indemnity costs in two cases in recent weeks.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th April 2020

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SRA presses ahead with plan to cut compensation awards – Legal Futures

‘The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is pressing on with plans to cut the upper limit for Compensation Fund awards from £2m to £500,000, while modifying other proposals to reduce the cost of the scheme.’

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Legal Futures, 22nd January 2020

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The High Costs of Failure: Pursue the Claim at Your Peril! – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted January 16th, 2020 in costs, indemnities, insurance, news, piracy, ships by sally

‘The First Claimant (“the Owner”) owned a marine vessel damaged by fire at sea. It brought an insurance claim against the Defendants (“the Underwriters”). The Second Claimant, the mortgagee of the vessel (“the Bank”), claimed an indemnity against the Underwriters pursuant to an insurance policy for the constructive total loss of the vessel by piracy.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 8th January 2020

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Solicitor-client costs: negligence, documents and coverage – 4 New Square

Posted January 9th, 2020 in costs, indemnities, insurance, negligence, news, podcasts, solicitors by sally

‘With solicitor-client cost disputes on the rise, Paul Parker and Tom Asquith consider in this podcast how these are having an impact within the sphere of professional indemnity insurance, in particular advice on funding; applications for delivery of files; and coverage.’

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4 New Square, 31st December 2019

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Solicitor sanctioned for indemnity insurance breaches – Legal Futures

Posted November 20th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, indemnities, insurance, mental health, news, solicitors by sally

‘A solicitor who practised without insurance has been spared an appearance before a disciplinary tribunal, in part because he was suffering from depression at the time.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2019

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SIF rule could be “catastrophic” for retired solicitors – Legal Futures

Posted September 20th, 2019 in indemnities, news, notification, retirement, solicitors by sally

‘Refusal by the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) to accept notifications of potential claims could be “catastrophic” for retired solicitors, a specialist in professional regulation and insurance has warned.’

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Legal Futures, 20th September 2019

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Lawyers at “growing risk of claims” for under-settlement – Litigation Futures

‘Professional negligence actions arising from lawyers under-settling personal injury and clinical negligence claims appear to be on the rise, a specialist barrister has warned.’

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Litigation Futures, 7th August 2019

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