Ex turpi causa

Ex turpi causa – no defence to professional negligence

In the recent case of Stoffel & Co v Grondona, the Court of Appeal had to determine whether a conveyancing solicitor could rely on a fraud by the claimant to defeat a related claim for professional negligence.

Best Professional Negligence Solicitors

How to find the Best
Professional Negligence Solicitors

In this guide we highlight seven key features to consider when seeking to determine who would be the best solicitors to instruct in relation to your particular claim.

Professional negligence claim - Do I need a solicitor?

Professional negligence claims –
Do I need a solicitor?

In this guide, we examine ten key issues that you may wish to consider when deciding whether to instruct a professional negligence solicitor or go it alone.

Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2017

The Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2017

This month the Law Society of England and Wales has published its annual statistics report for 2017. In this post we offer a summary of the key findings.

Duty to mitigate

The duty to mitigate loss in
professional negligence claims

The duty to mitigate arises as soon as an individual or business suffers loss at the hands of a professional adviser and can give rise to much confusion and uncertainty. In this article, and using case examples, we examine the nature of the duty and how it operates in practice.

SRA consultation on PII reform

SRA consultation on PII reform for solicitors

In this post we summarise and comment upon the consultation paper issued by the SRA in March 2018, setting out its proposals to reform the professional indemnity insurance requirements for solicitors.

Steel v NRAM

Can one party rely on the solicitor of another?

In the recent case of Steel & Another v NRAM Limited, the Supreme Court had to determine whether a solicitor instructed exclusively by a borrower, owed an actionable duty of care not to cause loss to its lender.

Tale of the unexpected

A tale of the unexpected

In this article we warn of the risks for solicitors and other professionals of failing to advise clients on matters incidental to their retainer.

Professional indemnity insurance

Professional Indemnity Insurance –
A Claimant’s Guide

In this introductory guide for claimants we explain what professional indemnity insurance is, what benefits it provides to companies and individuals wishing to pursue a claim for professional negligence and how it operates in practice.

Closed firm or practice

Claims against closed professional firms and practices

In this article we examine the support mechanisms available to claimants who discover that the professional firm or practice considered liable for professional negligence has ceased trading.

Disputing solicitors fees

Disputing solicitors’ fees – A client’s guide

In this guide for clients we examine the different options available to you for disputing solicitors’ fees and charges and the circumstances in which they might be best pursued.

Legal Ombudsman Complaints Service

Legal Ombudsman Complaints Service – An Independent Guide

In this independent guide, we explain what the Legal Ombudsman is, how it works and what the advantages and disadvantages of using it can be.