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Insurers remain reluctant to pay business...

Posted in Dispute Resolution on 3rd Mar 2021
On 28 February 2021 the Sunday Times reported that FTSE 250 insurer Hiscox offered a struggling East London café owner £13.00 in settlement of its business interruption claim. The London café claimed for more than 3 months’ loss, comprising of £1,600 a month in rent and £2,500 a month in stock, after it faced closure due to the Government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The café had said it had been “battling bankruptcy” due to closure, like many other businesses in the UK today. It was reported by sources close to the FTSE insurer that only...

Exclusion of liability clauses in a contract:...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 13th Sep 2021
When you instruct a professional person to act for you, the Terms and Conditions or Terms of Business of the professional will generally be included in the ‘contract’ between you and that professional. The contract will outline the obligations of the parties and govern how disputes will be resolved should they arise. A dispute between a client and their professional can arise for many reasons. A common cause of dispute will be the allegation that the professional provided of negligent advice or undertook a negligent act or omission, which causes...

Was your legal claim struck out due to the...

Posted in Professional Negligence on 1st Sep 2021
You may be able to recover compensation from your solicitor for your lost chance to claim. A legal claim, defence or counterclaim can be struck out by the Court for many reasons. One of the most common reasons is a parties’ failure to serve their claim to Court in time. Those in the legal industry are seeing an increase in the Court’s reporting of claims being struck out due to solicitor’s fault of failing to validly serve a claim form in time. A recent example of this was the case of Qatar Investment And Projects Holding Co & Anor v Phoenix...

The Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill:...

Posted in Conveyancing on 1st Sep 2021
On 13 May 2021 the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill was published by the government. The proposed law was drawn up to reform the law surrounding leasehold properties and specifically the issue of onerous ground rent clauses. If the bill becomes law, it will ban freeholders from charging ground rent to leaseholders in some new leasehold agreements, such as newly built residential properties. If you are not familiar with the term ‘Ground Rent’, this is a charge contained within a lease that is payable by the leaseholder to the freeholder. Ground...
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