Category: Litigation

High Court provides reminder of the strict rules on valid service of the Claim Form

High Court rejects retrospective (one day) extension of time for service of the sealed Claim Form. The Claimant has a potential professional negligence claim against its’ solicitors.

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Beware of Limitation Periods: Supreme Court clarifies time periods for litigation claims

In a midnight deadline case, there is a complete undivided day following the expiry of the deadline, which should be included when calculating the limitation period. It is, therefore, crucial that limitation issues are considered at the outset of any potential claims.

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County Court Judgments and Enforcement after COVID-19

Following lifting of government lockdowns during the pandemic, enforcement action including bailiffs attending properties can now resume. There may also be changes to debt recovery legislation which protective measures were brought in during the pandemic to prevent aggressive debt recovery action from debtors affected by coronavirus. If you have received a county court judgment against you or your company, get in touch with our litigation team as soon as possible.

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High Court rules COVID-19 self-isolation counts as force majeure not breach of contract

In Dwyer (UK) Franchising Ltd v. Fredbar Ltd & Bartlett [2021] EWHC 1218 (Ch), the High Court ruled that self-isolating due to coronavirus (COVID-19) counted as ‘force majeure’,…

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Court of Appeal holds negligent surveyor liable for house’s full diminution of value

In Large v. Hart, the Court of Appeal held a negligent surveyor liable for a house’s full diminution of value as a result of his failure to draw the purchasers’ attention to the property’s defects prior to completion.

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Business Interruption Insurance Guide: Do I have a Claim?

The Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the FCA test case on business interruption insurance against six insurers. If you are an affected business, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible and our specialist financial services litigation team can be instructed to assist.

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FCA’s comment on business interruption insurance test case encouraging for policyholders

On 15 January 2021, the Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the FCA test case on business interruption insurance against six insurers . Many businesses will now be considering the next steps whilst waiting for their insurers to assess their case. The FCA has issued a letter setting out the next steps encouraging insurers to reassess, progress and settle claims quickly in light of the ruling.