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A comprehensive update of law and practice in professional negligence and liability for 2022 provided by a group of highly experienced speakers with a wide range of topics for a general update for all lawyers and practitioners involved in this type of dispute.

38 Filmed Talks – Total CPD –24.8 hours

As a guide to The New Normal Conference see this link


Anneliese Day KC – Fountain Court Chambers
Moira Hindson – Moore Kingston Smith
Jason Karas - Mishcon Karas and Mark Davis - Mishcon De Reya
Philippa Hill of Grant Thornton
Michael Upton – Themis Advocates
Helen Swaffield – Contract Law Chambers
Murray Steel – Axiom Advocates
Kevin Wonnacott – Wonnacott Consulting Ltd
Alex Laing Coram Chambers
Pradeep Oliver – Partner - Cripps Pemberton Greenish LLP
Chief Adjudicator Alexandra Marks CBE - Deputy High Court Judge
Nicholas Hill – Outer Temple Chambers
Howard Elgot – Park Lane Plowden Chambers
Helen Pugh – Outer Temple
Roger Flaxman Flaxman's Partners
Rachel Auld – Indemnity Legal
Nick Curling – TLT
Richard Hitchcock KC – Outer Temple Chambers
Harbour Underwriting - Rocco Pirozzolo
Simon Bowie QC – Ampersand Advocates
Jayna Patel –PNLA South of England Representative Dutton Gregory Solicitors
Alison Grant - Partner - and Andrew McConnell – Director - DWF LLP
Cat Maclean – Partner – MBM Commercial LLP
Tiffany Scott KC - Wilberforce Chambers
Sheriff GK Murray Dundee Sheriff Court
James Hall – Gatehouse Chambers
The Hon Lord Clark (Alistair Clark)
Vinit Khurana QC – Ampersand Advocates and 2 Temple Gardens
Andrew McWhirter Axiom Advocates
Joint Chair- Tim Edward – Partner – MBM Commercial LLP,and%20Professional%20Negligence%20(Scotland)
Joint Chair - Karen Cornwell – Legal Director – Thorntons Law LLP
Jonathan Sachs – Partner - BDP Pitmans
Robert Strang- 3 Hare Court
Simon Wilton Hailsham Chambers
Andrew Foyle – Partner – Shoosmiths LLP
Christopher Carroll – Partner – Kennedys
Charles Holbech – Radcliffe Chambers
Topic Title



The new legal roadmap MBS v GT/Khan v Meadows









Remote hearings


Witness statements












Doctrine of Collateral attack

Big legal and practical developments of 2021


Legal developments

June 2021 Manchester Building Society  v Grant Thornton [2021] UKSC 20 (18 June 2021) and  Khan v Meadows  [2021] UKSC 21 (18 June 2021)– a  wholly new legal roadmap.

Applied in

–         BDW Trading Ltd V URS Corporation Ltd and Another [2021] EWHC 2796 (TCC)

–         Charles B Lawrence & Associates v Inter-commercial Bank Ltd (Trinidad and Tobago) [2021] UKPC 30 (22 November 2021)


The success of remote hearings


Trial witness statements Business and Property Courts since April 2021

Refocussing to their core function best evidence at proportionate cost – CPR Practice Direction 57AC – much is not new – key changes – purpose only to provide evidence matters of fact that need to be proved – personal knowledge – signed by witness and legal representative that principles discussed and belief of compliance – list any documents for purpose of providing evidence – how well witness recalls certain matters and documents used to refresh recollection – benefits are statements are now shorter and enhance correlation of evidence.


Doctrine of collateral attack of previous judgments and the different pleading without negligence – trio of 2021 cases:


–         Allsop v Banner Jones Ltd (t/a Banner Jones Solicitors) [2021] EWCA Civ 7 (08 January 2021) (Matrimonial) CA applied the test in Secretary of State for Trade and Industry v Bairstow [2003] EWCA Civ 321 (11 March 2003)


–         Pricewaterhousecoopers LLP v BTI 2014 LLC [2021] EWCA Civ 9 (11 January 2021) (Auditors)


–         King & Ors v Stiefel & Ors [2021] EWHC 1045 (Comm) (26 April 2021) (Fraudulent Misrepresentation) CPR 38.7 applied permission required


Aggregation by SRA Minimum Terms a further major development 2021 – see James Hall below.


2021 has been an incredibly active year but also brings consolidation and clarity.


2. Accountant & Auditor – Expert Evidence The selection and use of Experts – top tips



3. Auditors Audit Negligence

A review of current trends by:

–         Jason Karas of Mishcon Karas from Hong Kong and


–         Mark Davis who acted for Assetco the successful claimant in Assetco Plc v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2020] EWCA Civ 1151 (28 August 2020)

4. Auditors & Accountants The Accountant’s Perspective – two topics:


–         Is accounting dead and is audit, therefore, also dead?

–         Fundamental changes taking place in the way audits are carried out.


For each topic highlighted factors likely to feature in claims against auditors in the future.


5. Causation “Causation – pitfalls for Pursuers and wrinkles for Defenders”



6. Contract and Tort The top 5 factors for a winnable professional negligence claim


The Session: Limitation – Claimant Mode -Check the contract – New Saamco – Mitigate -Part 36


7. Contractual interpretation “Contractual interpretation: where are we now?”

“In point of fact, if not the meat and drink, then at least staple diet, of the Commercial Court can be summed up in one word “Construction”. Commercial lawyers – Solicitors, Barristers and Judges – spend a very substantial part of their time interpreting contracts” Lord Goff, Commercial Contract and the Commercial Court (1984) LMCLQ 382


8. Costs Costs – a practical guide


9. Family Forum shopping – Family Law

Including the impact of Brexit and more…

Alex is Counsel in the recent Supreme Court case on this topic Villiers v Villiers (Rev 1) [2020] UKSC 30 (01 July 2020) URL:


10 Financial Services Financial Services Group Litigation

–         Pensions: SIPPS

–         Pensions: Occupation Schemes

–         Pensions: Liberation Schemes

–         Mini Bonds

–         Property Investment Schemes

–         Acting for victims of investment fraud

–         Choosing which route


11 Financial Services – Banking Alternative Dispute Resolution for Business Banking Complaints

The Business Banking Resolution Service – BBRS


12 Financial Services – Pensions Pensions and Financial Services update


–         Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP [2021] EWCA Civ 474 (01 April 2021)

–         Adams v Options UK Personal Pensions LLP [2021] EWCA Civ 1188 (30 July 2021)

13 Incapacity “An Otherwise Intractable Situation” – The Conundrum of Incapacity in Solicitors’ Negligence Claims


Howard is Counsel in the recent case on this topic Evans v Betesh Partnership & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1194 (30 July 2021) URL:



14 Insolvency Practitioner Negligence


Insolvency Practitioner Negligence

‘Professional negligence claims against insolvency practitioners have, to my mind, been much neglected by the commentators’.

Case law reviewed:

–         Pitt v Mond [2001] BPIR 624

–         A&J Fabrications Ltd v Grant Thornton

–         Hague v Nam Tai Electronics Inc [2008] UKPC 13

–         Pulsford v Devenish [1903] 2 Ch 625

–         Kyrris v Oldham [2003] EWCA Civ 1506

–         Oraki v Bramston [2018] Ch 469

–         Prosser v Castle Sanderson Solicitors (a firm) [2002] EWCA Civ 1140

–         Fraser Turner Ltd v PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP [2018] EWH 1743 (Ch)

–         A liquidator can be sued under section 212 of the Insolvency Act.

–         Centralcrest Engineering Ltd [2000] BCC 727

–         Re Windsor Steam Coal Co [1929] 1 Ch 151

–         Re Home & Colonial Insurance Co [1930] 1 Ch 102

–         Re One Blackfriars Ltd [2021] EWHC 684 (Ch)





Insurance Broker – Expert Evidence Changing roles and responsibilities of brokers



16 Insurers Third party rights against insurers’


17 Lender Claims Impact of Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton on negligence claims by lenders


18 Limitation Some thoughts on Limitation: Knowledge and Concealment -s14A and s32 of the Limitation Act 1980


• Section 14A of the Limitation Act 1980

–         Howard v Fawcetts [2006] UKHL 9, [2006] 1 W.L.R. 682

–         Nobu Su v Clarksons Platou Futures Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1115

–         Graham v Entec Europe Ltd [2003] EWCA Civ 1177


• Section 32(1)(b) of the Limitation Act 1980

–         Sheldon v RHM Outhwaite (Underwriting Agencies) Ltd [1996] AC 102

–         Canada Square Operations Ltd v Potter [2021] EWCA Civ 339

–         OT Computers Ltd (In Liquidation) v Infineon Technologies AG [2021] EWCA Civ 501



Litigation Funding & ATE Insurance Improving your chances of obtaining funding and ATE



20 Medical Negligence Apportionment in Medical Negligence”


How does the court determine what portion of the liability to the pursuer each wrongdoer has to bear? The answer lies in the well-known provision, section 3(1) of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1940. Cases reviewed:

–         Brian Warwicker Partnership PLC v Hok International Ltd [2006] P.N.L.R. 5 at [42] and [45]

–         Downs v Chappell [1997] 1 W.L.R. 426)

–         Widdowson Executrix v Liberty Insurance Ltd (OH) 2021 SLT 539 at 553C citing Webb v Barclays Bank Plc [2001] EWCA Civ 1141

–         Almond-Roots v Eljamel and NHS Tayside [2021] CSOH 130


21 Overview 2022 Chairman’s Address The New Normal



22 Practice The Defender Perspective


1. Consequences of Remote Working

2. Conveyancing Claims

3. Will drafting

4. Under-settled or Mismanaged Litigation 5. Virtual Mediations 6. Cyber




23 Practice The Pursuer Perspective


There are a number of issues to consider when acting for Pursuers, and I’m going to cover these

under 6 main chapters.

1. Valuing the claim

2. The need for an expert report

3. File Recovery

4. SLCC claims

5. Dealing with insurers and the Law Society’s Pursuer’s Panel

6. Funding litigation.


24 Practice and procedure Litigation Roundup


Recent developments in general litigation practice dealing with practical considerations and recent case law covering pre action matters notably the CJC Interim Report (Final Report due in Spring 2023), the choice of Court in which to issue a professional negligence claim, also ADR and moving through the stages from Disclosure, Witness Statements and Expert Evidence and the differences which now apply in the Business & Property Courts, to Judgments and Post Judgment issues.


Cases referred to:

–         Resisting early disclosure: Patisserie Holdings PLC & Ors v Grant Thornton UK LLP [2021] EWHC 3022 (Comm) (10 November 2021) (Auditor)


–         Witness statements: Greencastle MM LLP v Payne & Ors [2022] EWHC 438 (IPEC) (13 January 2022) – five options:  ‘The options for the court are the following. First, to withdraw permission for Mr Quinlan’s two witness statements, in whole or in part, leaving the Claimant to apply for permission to adduce a further witness statement, which of course would have to be on the basis of an application for relief against sanctions. Second, to withdraw permission for the existing statements but order that the witness statement(s) be re-drafted in accordance with PD 57AC; third, to do surgery to the existing witness statements, by excising those passages that are objected to by the Defendants that I agree are non-compliant and, possibly, the further paragraphs that I have identified; fourth, to require Mr Quinlan’s evidence to be given orally in chief at the trial; and the fifth option is to do nothing and let the matter go on to trial and make an adverse costs order.’


–         Disclosure Expert evidence: Kyla Shipping Co Ltd & Anor v Freight Trading Ltd & Ors [2022] EWHC 376 (Comm) (22 February 2022)


–         Expert negligence: Radia v Marks [2022] EWHC 145 (QB) (26 January 2022) applies MBS v GT.


–         Post trial matters draft judgments CPR PD    40E essential reading – the embargo:

–         The Counsel General for Wales, R (On the Application Of) v The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy [2022] EWCA Civ 181 (16 February 2022)


–         The Public Institution for Social Security v Banque Pictet & Cie SA & Ors [2022] EWCA Civ 368 (22 March 2022)


–         Costs and the time for filing an appellant’s notice  Preston v Beaumont [2022] EWHC 440 (Ch) (01 March 2022)


25 Practice Scotland “Remote Proofs and Affidavit Evidence Post Covid 19”

Sheriff GK Murray Dundee Sheriff Court Admitted as a solicitor in 1987, a partner at what are now Blackadders and Lindsays from 1990, an Accredited Specialist in Insolvency Law, a member of the Rules Council and the Law Society Civil Justice Committee, Course Leader and Lecturer in Civil Procedure at the University of Dundee; appointed as a Sheriff in 2011, in Aberdeen then Peterhead 2011 – 13, Arbroath and Forfar from 2013 to 2021 and Dundee since. I mainly practised in commercial litigation and have been a Commercial Sheriff in Tayside Central and Fife since the court was established.

26 Rectification and Aggregation Solicitors’ liability: rectification and aggregation; two recent sources of aggravation


In his talk James will review Ralph v Ralph [2021] EWCA Civ 1106 (22 July 2021) URL:

and Baines & Anor v Dixon Coles & Gill (A firm) & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 1211 (06 August 2021) URL:



27 Remote hearings – Scotland Keynote Address

“Remote Hearings – What have we learnt?”



28 Scope of the duty “The Scope of the Convicted Mind”


Cases reviewed:

1. South Australia Asset Management Corpn v York Montague Ltd [1997] AC 191

2. Gray v Thames Trains [2009] 1 AC 1339

3. Patel v Mirza [2017] AC 467

4. Stoffel & Co v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42

5. Meadows v Khan [2021] UKSC 21

6. Henderson v Dorset Healthcare [2021] AC 563

7. RO v Gray and Motor Insurers’ Bureau [2022] 1 WLR 1484


29 Scope of the duty – Lender Claims Lender claims  scope of duty and the end of SAAMCO?


• The approach to lender claims following Manchester Building Society

v Grant Thornton 2021 UKSC

• What has changed?

• What has not changed?

• What can be done?

• Two recent examples of the application of MBS


30 Scotland Professional Negligence & Liability PNLA Scotland Introduction







31 Solicitors – Group Litigation Claimant Group Claims


32 Surveyor & Valuer The loss recoverable by a lender consequent on a valuer’s negligent valuation


Charles B Lawrence & Associates v Intercommercial Bank Ltd [2021] UKPC 30


33 Surveyors Surveyors Negligence – Hart v Large


Simon was Counsel in the landmark surveyor’s negligence case: Large v Hart & Anor [2021] EWCA Civ 24 (15 January 2021)

34 The outlook for 2022 Covid-19, economic downturns and the market outlook for professional negligence lawyers


35 USA Law and Practice The USA Perspective


The U.S. Bankruptcy System 3

Purdue Pharma Bankruptcy & Settlement 8

Talc Litigation and Johnson & Johnson’s Texas Two-Step 15

USA Gymnastics 23

Religious Institutions 27

Moving Forward 33

36 Wills & Probate Professional Negligence and Will Drafting

The following cases and more..

White v Jones [1995] AC 207

Marley v Rawlings [2015] AC 129; Marley v Rawlings (No 2) [2015] AC 157

Gibbons v Nelson [1999] Ch 326

Carr-Glynn v Frearsons [1999] Ch 326

Shah v Forsters [2017] EWHC 2433 (Ch).

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