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Funding representative actions after Lloyd v Google
Benjamin Williams QC, Roger Mallalieu QC and George McDonald
| 17/11/2021

Lloyd v Google marks a seminal moment for representative actions. The ramifications for mass data breach claims have been widely discussed by practitioners. In this article, we address the consequences for funders.

QOCS and setting off costs orders: the Supreme Court’s decision in Ho v Adelekun
Stephen Innes
| 06/10/2021

The Supreme Court gave judgment today in the case of Ho v Adelekun [2021] UKSC 43. The judgment and other information about the case may be found on the Supreme Court’s website.

The search for consistency in the law of professional negligence: Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton and Khan v Meadows in the Supreme Court
| 22/06/2021

On 18 June 2021, the same seven-judge constitution of the Supreme Court handed down judgment in two appeals.  Both cases arose from acts of professional negligence, one on the part of accountants, the other on the part of a GP.  In both cases, the Court once again sought to make sense of the analytical tool which was effectively created by Lord Hoffmann in SAAMCo.  This brief note explains the parameters of the debate, the context into which the majority of the Court decided to frame their deliberations, and what was decided.

Matthew & Others v Sedman & Others [2021] UKSC 19
Clare Dixon QC and Nicholas Broomfield
| 21/05/2021

When Dinah Washington sang “What a difference a day makes” it seems unlikely that she had in mind the limitation period in an accountant’s negligence case. However, the difference that a day makes, was precisely the issue in Matthew v Sedman. The Supreme Court found, as had the Court of Appeal and HHJ Hodge QC before it, that where a cause of action accrues at the stroke of midnight the whole of the day after midnight falls to be included in the computation of time for limitation purposes.

The Test for Inducement in Contracts Prior to the Insurance Act 2015: Zurich Insurance PLC v Niramax Group Limited [2021] EWCA Civ 590
Miles Harris
| 04/05/2021

In Zurich Insurance PLC v Niramax Group Limited, dealing with a contract pre-dating the Insurance Act 2015, the Court of Appeal held that to establish inducement in cases of non-disclosure it was necessary for the insurer to show that the non-disclosure was an efficient cause of the underwriter writing the insurance on less onerous terms than would have been the case had the disclosure been made. It is not sufficient merely to establish that the less onerous terms would not have been imposed ‘but for’ the non-disclosure. The case highlights an issue as to whether the same result would be reached under the Insurance Act 2015. The Appellant was represented by Graham Eklund QC and Carl Troman and the Respondent by Ben Elkington QC and Ben Smiley, all of 4 New Square.

The decision is considered by Miles Harris of 4 New Square.

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