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Conveyancing Mistakes: What Damages Can You...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 6th Apr 2021
A mistake in the conveyancing process can cause huge losses further down the line, but how is this compensation actually calculated? When it comes to the assessment of damages, and assuming the courts finds a solicitor was negligent, the courts will strive to put you as the claimant in the position you would have been in had there been no negligence on the solicitor’s part. In a case where you have purchased a property, and there is some defect that your solicitor has failed to point out to you, the court will approach the assessment of damages...

“Gangsta Granny” partners actions considered...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 9th Mar 2021
In 2017 Linda Box who was an equity partner in the firm Dixon Coles and Gill pleaded guilty to 12 offences of dishonesty involving the misappropriation of just over 4 million pounds and sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 7 years. The firm of solicitors in which she was an equity partner established for some 200 years was forced to close. In the High Court in “Lord Bishop of Leeds v Dixon Coles And Gill (A Firm) & Ors”, the remaining partners were faced with 2 separate claims which were the subject of an application for summary judgment....

Are rising Professional Negligence claims...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 1st Oct 2020
Research undertaken by international brokers Marsh, has reported that claims against solicitors went up during lockdown. This indicated that professionals may be vulnerable to mistakes since the implementation of home working by government lockdown rules. Less supervision, clerical and IT assistance could possibly be to blame for this, which professionals have less access to when they are working from home. The investigation by Marsh also identified a sharp increase in the private work and real estate sector, and it is predicted that the wills...
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