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Professional liability and coverage update: 2022 in review


Overview By far the most significant number of professional liability cases…

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Blurred boundaries: just how far do solicitors’ duties extend?

There has been a recent spate of cases where claimants have attempted to argue that their solicitors owed them duties to go beyond the work which…

Mirror Mirror: Is the law now clear on reflective loss?

The principle of reflective loss has reared its head in multiple cases since 2020. Although the Supreme Court’s judgment in Sevilleja v Marex Financial Ltd [2020]…

What can be challenged in contribution claims? Percy v Merriman White explained

On 12 April 2022, the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in the contribution claim between solicitors and counsel in Percy v Merriman White [2022] EWCA…

Professional liability update: 2021 in review

Overview The key professional negligence cases of 2021 picked up on recurring challenges in this area of law and addressed in particular: The methodical…

Professional liability update: 2020 year in review

Overview The core issues considered in the most important professional negligence cases of 2020 cover five main themes, as follows: The practical consequences of…

Why is the “illegality” defence back in the spotlight?

It is not uncommon for defendants to professional negligence claims to argue that the claimant should be barred from recovering damages because his or her cause…

Professional liability round up of 2019

Overview The 2019 professional liability case law was dominated by four core themes, which arose repeatedly in numerous contexts in claims against lawyers and auditors…

The new SRA Standards and Regulations: Greater freedom for solicitors?

According to the SRA, the approach of the new Standards and Regulations due to come into force in November 2019 is marked by “stripping away outdated…

Creative remedies in unfair prejudice petitions

Just as there is an infinite variety of ways in which majority shareholders in a company can mistreat a minority shareholder, the court also has creativity…

Introduction to “Demystifying Shareholder Disputes”, a series of articles by 4 New Square

Article written by Hugh Jory QC, Helen Evans and John Williams. 4 New Square continues to enjoy rapid growth in its profile in acting in…

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Stay of proceedings before serving a claim form


What should claimants do when limitation is about to expire? Noting…

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Four Fundamentals of Limitation Periods in Contract and Tort Claims


By Carl Troman, Barrister and Mediator at 4 New Square Four key points…

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Unfair Prejudice Petitions: what makes prejudice “unfair”?


Unfairness is an essential ingredient in minority shareholder petitions. Prejudice alone is not enough….

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