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Jackson & Powell is the definitive text on Professional Liability. It provides comprehensive coverage of the law of professional liability. It is an essential reference point for every practitioner as it aids them in establishing whether a duty of care exists and whether it has been breached, providing quick access with confidence as to whether a cause of action exists while explaining the remedies available.
Insurance. In Lord Bishop of Leeds v Dixon Coles & Gill the Court of Appeal gave further guidance in relation to aggregation. It held that liabilities to different clients arising from thefts from the insured firm’s client account by a partner should not be aggregated as they did not arise out of a series of related acts or omissions.
Scope of duty. The decisions of the Supreme Court in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP, an accountants’ case, and Meadows v Khan, a medical case, provide significant guidance and refinement of the scope of duty principle, concentrating on the purpose of the advice objectively construed. This is relevant to claims against most professionals.
Surveyors. In Hart v Large the Court of Appeal upheld a decision that a negligent surveyor was liable for the difference in value between the purchase price and the actual value of the property with all the defects, including latent defects, as his advice should have advised that there were risks which could not be assessed.
Lawyers: In Harcus Sinclair llp v Your Lawyers Ltd the Supreme Court has for the first time reviewed the law on solicitors’ undertakings. It has provided significant further guidance on the questions to be asked to determine whether an undertaking was given as a solicitor.
Financial practitioners. Adams v Options SIPP UK LLP has significant ramifications for execution only SIPP providers. The Court of Appeal reviewed earlier High Court authority to the effect that the giving of mere information may constitute advice where the provision of information is itself the product of a selection process involving a value judgment.