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LPP – Law Society guidance

September 2021 | Professional

LPP is a subject that is rarely far from the legal headlines and all practitioners should consider reading the new Practice Note issued by the Law Society on the subject (12/08/2021). The note seeks to: clarify the status of legal professional privilege (LPP); explain the main principles of LPP; summarise practitioners’ duties; and explore particular …

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Undertakings – SC decision

September 2021 | Professional

When the SC speaks, practitioners should listen – especially when it relates to something as significant as undertakings. The appeal involved a dispute between two law firms regarding a group action in respect of substantial litigation concerning diesel emissions from vehicles manufactured by Volkswagen. The two firms in question had signed a non-disclosure agreement and …

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SIF – reprieve

July/August 2021 | Professional

We reported in our June 2021 edition (p29) on the SRA’s intention to close the SIF to new claims from 30 September 2021. The SRA has announced that the fund will remain open for a further 12 months. Many would however echo the view of the Law Society president: ‘… it is not enough simply …

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SARs – examples

July/August 2021 | Professional

Whether and when to make a suspicious activity report (SAR) is a subject of great interest to legal practitioners. The Law Society reports that the chair of its Money Laundering Task Force has featured in the SARs in Action magazine. His article discusses the legal sector’s use of suspicious activity reports (SARs) and some of …

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Negligence – scope of duty

July/August 2021 | Professional

The SC has heard an important case regarding the concept of the scope of duty in the tort of negligence. The context is professional advice given by expert accountants. Importantly, the same constitution of the SC heard this as had dealt with the same issue in the context of professional advice given by a medical …

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Service – do it properly

July/August 2021 | Professional

Litigators will perhaps not be surprised to note that the HC has given short shrift to a firm which failed to effect service properly. The main claim in the proceedings related to a contract claim regarding the purchase of a 1962 Ferrari which was missing a gearbox upon delivery. However, this hearing related to the …

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