Insurance aggregation in solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance might seem a dry and technical topic which ought to remain the preserve of insurance law specialists. However, the case of Baines & others v. Dixon Coles & Gill [2021] EWCA Civ 1211 provides a colourful example that when things go wrong, a dishonest partner’s misdeeds can cause severe practical consequences for clients, firms and innocent partners.

The facts

Linda Box was the apparently respectable senior partner of a long-established Wakefield firm. She held senior offices in the Church of England. In 2015, one of her partners identified an unexplained payment from the firm’s account which led him to u...

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