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Gambling with liability? The Supreme Court distinguishes Hedley Byrne
Simon Hale
| 27th July 2018

Simon Hale discusses the judgement handed down by the Supreme Court on Thursday 26 July 2018 in the case of Playboy Club London Ltd v Banca Nazionale del Lavoro SPA [2018] UKSC 43.

Japanese Knotweed Claims
Stephen Innes
| 25th July 2018

In this article Stephen Innes considers the problems caused by Japanese Knotweed and some of the types of legal claims that can be made, in the light of some recent court decisions.

Valuing Bungled Litigation, Edwards V Hugh James Ford Simey
Hugh Evans
| 18th June 2018

Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey has largely reestablished orthodox principles of how to value bungled litigation, but it may be difficult to apply the exception to those principles which it has derived from the authorities.

Avondale Exhibitions Limited v Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited [2018] EWHC 1311 (QB): the extent of a broker’s duty to advise an insured about disclosure of material facts
Katie Powell
| 31st May 2018

Avondale Exhibitions v Arthur J Gallagher concerned a claim by a company against its insurance broker arising from an insurer’s decision to decline cover.
In giving judgment for the defendant insurance broker, HHJ Keyser Q.C. (i) endorsed the statements of David Steel J in Jones v Environcom Limited [2010] EWHC 759 (Comm) and Flaux Jin Synergy Health (UK) Limited v CGU Insurance Plc [2010] EWHC 2583 (Comm) as to the scope of an insurance broker’s duties, and (ii) held that the lack of expert evidence significantly limited, albeit did not altogether exclude, the possibility of a finding that the insurance broker had acted in breach of its duty to exercise reasonable skill and care.
Clare Dixon of 4 New Square, instructed by Simmons & Simmons, successfully represented Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited. The decision is considered by Katie Powell of 4 New Square.

The Role of Good Faith in Construction Contracts
Sir Rupert Jackson
| 24th May 2018

Lecture by Sir Rupert Jackson at the 11th International Conference on Construction Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Mauritius on 24th May 2018.