The Leasehold Ground Rent Scandal – Your Key Questions Answered

There has been much consternation over the last 12 months at the exorbitant ground rents and charges affecting many purchasers of leasehold property. In this article, we answer some of the key questions being asked and, in so doing, explain the developments so far and the options available for those affected.

When should a client’s instructions be respected?

In the recent professional negligence case of Graham Thomas v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors, the Court of Appeal had to determine whether a firm of solicitors was negligent in following its client’s express instructions, rather than challenging them.

Continued rise in County Court claims in 2017

The Civil Justice Statistics Quarterly recently published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), has identified yet further increases in the level of Country Court claims activity across England and Wales.

Previous professional advice – heed or history?

As the professional services market has become more fluid, clients are changing advisers with greater frequency than ever before. In this context, we examine the recent case of Paul Denning v Greenhalgh Financial Services Ltd and the duty on professional advisers to review the advice of their predecessors.

Could lender claims be about to rise?

According to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), mortgage possession claims and orders both rose in the period from April to June 2017 (Q2). 

Concerns rise over the conduct of barristers

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has published its annual Enforcement Report this month. The report provides an overview of the BSB’s work enforcing the professional obligations of barristers, as set out in the BSB Handbook.

Key facts and trends in the accountancy profession

This month the Financial Reporting Council has published the fifteenth edition of its annual report on the accountancy profession. Based on information obtained from various accountancy bodies (including the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA), it makes for interesting reading.

Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2017

The Law Society Annual Statistics Report 2016

The Law Society of England and Wales has published its annual statistics report for 2016 this month. In this post we summarise the key findings.

Sharp rise in County Court claims in 2017

Statistics published earlier this month by the Ministry of Justice show a dramatic rise in the level of claims activity in the County Courts across England and Wales in the period January to March (Q1) of 2017.