Professional negligence

Update: professional negligence

Victoria Brackett and Katie Papworth consider recent decisions on expert witness immunity, summary judgment in professional indemnity cases, termination of a retainer and the latest on limitation

Cutting class

With education forming a key plank of the manifestos of all three main political parties, and cuts in funding likely whoever wins the election, lawyers should brace themselves for a further raft of reform. Stephen Hart and Andrea Squires report

The legal aid time bomb

The successive bodies in charge of administering legal aid have been storing up trouble for the future, and the decision to make the Legal Services Commission an executive agency will further compound the problem, says Steve Hynes

MoJ suspends Cartel Client Review

The Ministry of Justice has suspended the authorisation of Cartel Client Review (CCR), one of the country’s biggest claims management firms. The MoJ had been investigating the company for some time and said it had generated a “high volume of enquiries”.

Setting a new course

Parties to divorce proceedings can rely on an increasing number of remedies outside the traditional sphere of ancillary relief to secure their rights, say Amy Radnor and Grant Howell

Update: professional negligence

Victoria Brackett considers cases on apportioning blame between barrister and solicitor, imposing absolute obligations, apportioning liability, limitation and scope of retainer

Packed away

Failure to comply with home information pack regulation could leave conveyancers exposed to the risk of professional negligence action, warns David Pett