A novel claim for over £3 million by a firm of solicitors against a legal expenses insurance intermediary and a number of underwriting insurers was the subject of a successful strike-out and reverse summary judgment application. Jonathan Hough QC (instructed by Eversheds) acted for the successful First Defendant.
4 New Square’s Daniel Saoul has been selected by Legal Week as one of the top ten “Stars at the Bar of 2016”. He was selected from an extensive list of over 350 junior commercial and chancery specialists at the bar who are all under 10 years call.
The claimant brought a professional negligence claim against her former solicitors and barrister. The claimant alleged that she had been advised to settle her personal injury claim at an undervalue at the court door. The professional negligence claim was run as a split trial. Elisabeth Laing J heard the issues on liability and dismissed the claim against both defendants, finding that they had not breached their duties to act with reasonable care and skill. Jamie Smith QC appeared for the defendant solicitors and Anneliese Day QC appeared for the defendant barrister.
The Court of Appeal today gave its judgment in the proceedings relating to the detention of David Miranda under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and ruled the terrorism powers which were used to detain Mr Miranda as he carried material from the documents leaked by Edward Snowden between journalists are incompatible with the right to press freedom guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.