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Post-pandemic – administration of justice

June 2021 | Professional

Of interest to all litigators will be the statement about remote hearings by, among others, the Bar Council. They state that the use of remote hearings to deal with short or uncontroversial procedural business is unobjectionable and to be welcomed, even post-Covid. However, while they are supportive of this and the continuing use of technology …

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SIF – controversy continues

June 2021 | Professional

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) is the fund of last resort now administered by the SRA, the purpose of which is to provide post-six year run-off cover for claims against firms which have closed without a successor practice. This additional cover is separate and additional to the mandatory six years run-off cover which the SRA …

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PII – conveyancing risk

June 2021 | Professional

The Gazette reports on comments made by the chair of the Law Society’s professional indemnity insurance committee in relation to the impact of the increase in the volume of conveyancing transactions on the renewal of firms’ PII. They believe that there may be a danger of some firms having difficulties at renewal due to the …

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LiPs – no special treatment

June 2021 | Professional

The HC has heard a case involving a LiP in which the parties were unable to agree an order in relation to a Companies Act dispute. The claimant sought its costs on an indemnity basis. The case is perhaps a salutary lesson as to why LiPs should seek specialist advice. In correspondence, the defendant vigorously …

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Limitation – midnight cases

June 2021 | Professional

The SC has heard an appeal relating to the calculation of the limitation period in respect of causes of action which accrued at, or on the expiry of, the midnight hour at the end of Thursday 2 June 2011. The issue before the court was whether Friday 3 June 2011, the day which commenced at …

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SRA – education

May 2021 | Professional

For those firms considering taking on trainees or supporting their staff to obtain Higher Rights of Audience (HRA), they should look at the SRA website. The SRA has announced a number of changes and has provided advice and/or webinars on: Changes to HRA assessment: following LSB approval, only admitted solicitors will take the Higher Rights …

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Legal advice privilege – take care

May 2021 | Professional

Legal Futures have reported on an interesting ET case which was heard in 2019, but which only came into the public domain more recently when the claimant in the original action tweeted the full transcript of the judgment. The case was clearly distressing and personal for the claimant. The case involved the preparation of a …

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