What is an Acknowledgement of Service and when is it needed? Once a Claimant has issued their Claim Form and commenced court proceedings, the Defendant/s only have a short period of time within which to respond. The Civil Procedure Rules (“the CPR”) set out the specific steps that must be taken by litigating parties during … Continued
Should a firm of solicitors who have done nothing wrong be liable to pay compensation to a client who has been the victim of conveyancing fraud? The surprising answer was ‘yes’ when the Court of Appeal gave judgment in Dreamvar (UK) Limited v Mishcon de Reya earlier this year.
Following extensive negative press and a campaign by disgruntled leaseholders over the doubling of ground rents every ten years, Taylor Wimpey have started a Ground Rent Review Assistance Scheme. The scheme is offered on a voluntary basis, which Taylor Wimpey say follows a comprehensive review that looked at concerns raised over the saleability and mortgageability … Continued
Last month, we wrote about the onerous ground rent clauses affecting homeowners who had bought new-build properties as leaseholds. Leaseholds consultation Today, the government has announced it is to introduce a consultation with the aim of outlawing developers selling new-build houses as leasehold. This follows widespread criticism of national house builders selling new houses as … Continued
In Lejonvarn v Burgess  EWCA Civ 254, the Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the High Court on a preliminary finding that, despite the absence of a contract between the parties, a qualified architect who had provided her former neighbours (and now likely former friends) with free professional services was required to carry … Continued
There are a number of ways to fund a legal action against a solicitor, although the arrangements can often be complex. The degree of uncertainty surrounding solicitors’ costs is a concern for many, particularly when a fixed-fee arrangement is not in place. A solicitor is under an obligation to inform their clients in writing about … Continued
In April 2011, the Supreme Court handed down judgment in the landmark case of Jones v Kaney. This fundamentally changed the law regarding expert immunity from liability in negligence, which had previously been enjoyed by expert witnesses in civil cases. For over 400 years, expert witnesses had been immune from liability for any negligence arising … Continued