Autumn Conferences - London, Leeds & Annual

Before we all break for the Summer - I enclose some possible diary markers for the Autumn - confirmation of the PNLA London (10 October),  Leeds (8 November) and Annual (21/22 November) Conferences.

These conferences offer a rare opportunity to understand some of the major issues in professional negligence from senior colleagues: Offering a rare chance to network and gain a better understanding of the key areas which we collectively face.

Items of note include the introduction of the first Leeds conference  with the support  of Steven Newdall of Levi Solicitors.

Top silks throughout the season include:

Mark Harper QC – Kings Chambers, Nicole Sandells QC - 4 New Square, John Ross QC – 1 Chancery Lane Chambers, Patrick Lawrence QC – 4 New Square Chambers, David Halpern QC – 4 New Square Chambers, Ben Patten QC - 4 New Square Chambers, Simon Salzedo QC – Brick Court Chambers (TBC), Jeremy Cousins QC - Radcliffe Chambers, David Berkley QC - 3PB Chambers

In addition we are very pleased to have The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP speaking on "What characteristics I look for when choosing a solicitor?" as our guest after-dinner speaker at the Annual Conference.

Full details below (full brochures will be sent on request by email due to our current website upgrade!).


I very much hope we cross paths sometime this year and have a great summer.

London Conference - Imposters, Insolvency, Insurance & more..

Held at: Broadway House, Tothill Street, London. SW1H 9NQ - 10 October 2018 - 9am to 5pm

Introduction: This conference is suitable for professional negligence and liability lawyers seeking an update. The event includes a speaker from the FSCS regarding the insolvency of solicitors indemnity insurer Alpha Insurance A/S. The event also includes speakers involved in three landmark cases- P&P Property Ltd v Owen White & Catlin LLP [2018] EWCA Civ 1082 (15 May 2018) heard jointly with Dreamvar (UK) Limited –V- (1) Mishcon De Reya (A Firm) (2) Mary Monson Solicitors Limited as to the solicitor’s liability for imposter vendors, Supreme Court case - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood [2018] UKSC 22 (25 April 2018) as to service of notices and Supreme Court case Gavin Edmondson Solicitors Ltd v Haven Insurance Company Ltd [2018] UKSC 21 (18 April 2018) relating to the security for solicitors acting on credit, as well as updates on financial services, costs and coverage disputes.

Chairman’s Address- Observations as to Solicitors Liability for Imposters – Part 1 - Jeremy Cousins QC – Radcliffe Chambers
Observations as to Solicitors Liability for Imposters – Part 2 - Ben Patten QC – 4 New Square Chambers

FSCS’s role as the insurance guarantee  scheme – and its protection for professional indemnity insurance - James Darbyshire, General Counsel – Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Financial Services - Do I trust my Broker? The application of fiduciary duties to financial intermediaries - David Berkley QC – 3PB Chambers

The Claimant Perspective - New Supreme Court decision 1 - Jane Anderson, Senior Associate Solicitor & Jonathan Sachs, Partner – Irwin Mitchell
New Supreme Court decision 2 - Jamie Carpenter – Hailsham Chambers

Costs and Negligence - Anil Virji – Civil and Commercial Costs Lawyers Ltd

The Defendant’s PI insurance - from the Claimant’s perspective - Jonathan Corman – Partner - Fenchurch Law

Leeds Conference - The View from the North

Held at: The Met Hotel, Leeds, King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HQ - 8th November 9am – 5pm

PNLA Introduction by Steven Newdall of Levi Solicitors

Keynote Speech and Chairman - Recent case law and changes to the current framework - Francis Bacon – Hailsham Chambers
Professional negligence from the Claimant’s perspective - Megan Bartlett, Head of Litigation at UCAR

Professional negligence from the Defendant’s perspective (tbc) - Neil Howes, Partner at Mills & Reeve

Limitation - Mark Harper QC

Professional Negligence - getting creative. Pushing the boundaries from a Chancery perspective - Nicole Sandells QC - 4 New Square

Forensic accountancy and professional negligence claims - Anthony Flint, Forths Forensic Accountants

Costs - Simon Miller, Costs Lawyer, Levi Solicitors

The PII brokers perspective - Paul Lawrence, Lawrence Fraser Brokers

Annual Conference - Protection in Practice

Held at: Billesley Manor Hotel, Billesley (Near Stratford upon Avon), B49 6NF - 21 November - Evening 6pm to 10pm - 22 November  9am to 5pm

PNLA conference dinner 21 November @ 9pm -"What characteristics do I look for when choosing a solicitor?" - The Right Honourable Andrew Mitchell MP

Chairman’s address - John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane Chambers

Actual and apparent bias on the part of judges, adjudicators and arbitrators: what it is and how it can be challenged - Simon Wilton – Hailsham Chambers

Professional Negligence and Liability Update - Patrick Lawrence QC – 4 New Square

Dreamvar –v- Mishcon de Reya & Mary Monson Solicitors Limited - David Halpern QC – 4 New Square Chambers/ Jerome O’Sullivan – Partner – Healys (TBC) / Ben Patten QC – 4 New Square Chambers (TBC)

The Claimant Perspective - David Bailey and Robert Johnson – Partners’ - Healys Solicitors

PNLA ATE SCHEME - David Pipkin & Matthew Pascall - Temple Legal Protection

Recent developments in Auditors and Accountants’ Negligence and Fund Management Claims - Simon Salzedo QC – Brick Court Chambers (TBC)

The Expert’s Perspective - Auditors and Accountants Negligence - Philippa Hill - Director & Phil Crooks - Partner – Grant Thornton
Giambrone – The Epic Journey - David O’Brien – Penningtons Manches
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