Exploring the Professional Negligence Space – PNLA Conference – London – 19 April 2024

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A conference taking you to the frontiers of professional negligence & liability and beyond – suitable for all those involved in this type of dispute

This event was very kindly chaired by David McIlroy of Forum Chambers and hosted by Nicole Blakey of Pennington Manches Cooper. Penningtons provided wonderful hospitality and a fantastic lunch at their offices in London. Drinks followed courtesy of Jamie Molloy of Ignite Specialty and Dominic Tucker of IDiscovery Solutions.

The space explored included the new Court of Appeal decision in Williams v Morris – a triumphant victory for Pennington Manches Cooper and speaker Simon Johnson of Enterprise Chambers –see here for an article by Enterprise Chambers – this secured a finding confirming over a century of case law that multiple claimants can issue proceedings in a single claim form.

David McIroy provided a powerful keynote address. He called for a strategic review of the affordability and insurability of professional negligence claims.  He highlighted  obstacles faced not only from funding, facing a period of uncertainty after PACCAR and the new proposed legislation, but also from procedural challenges to disclosure, witness statements, group litigation procedures as well as the application of the Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton tests and the mounting challenge now facing professionals in the care they need to bring to the selection of their data providers.

Paul Marshall  of Cornerstone Chambers provided a mesmerising update to the Post Office enquiry and his thoughts on the way the sub-postmasters have been treated in the background of the criminal and civil litigation that has taken place. Disclosure was a point mentioned arising from evidence presented at the enquiry the previous day, which he had attended, from Womble Bond Dickinson.

Philippa Hill of Grant Thornton provided her wise and insightful thoughts from her many years of experience as an expert on the culture of negligence and detection of fraud commenting on the auditors obligations and challenges and mentioning the HBOS Reading banking fraud compensation scheme.

Jamie Molloy of Ignite looked at the funding landscape from his direct funding experiences in group litigation and the wider market. He also commented on the impact of the PACCAR case to litigation funding and the new proposed legislation as well as the potential political opportunity to lobby for a return to recoverable ATE premiums as a potential solution.

Lloyd Maynard of Forum Chambers provided a vivid review of of key recent decisions notably looking at developments in deliberate concealment of evidence and the different ways that the Limitation Act sections can be interpreted.

Dominic Tucker of IDiscovery Solutions gave a different perspective of the disclosure issues raised in the Post Office enquiry, and commented that after the drama series and publicity for the first time he is finding people understand what his job is about. Dominic gave an example of a fake AI created video and the likely increasing challenges faced to assess what is genuine and what could be false evidence. He flagged up particularly the need for data from mobile phones, particularly chats like WhatsApp, to be preserved by all parties to potential litigation at an early stage alongside laptop and other computer evidence.

A huge thank you to all those who attended and we look forward to seeing you again soon!


David McIlroy Chair - Forum Chambers
Nicole Blakey Host - Penningtons Manches Cooper - PNLA London Representative
Simon Johnson Enterprise Chambers
Paul Marshall Cornerstone Chambers
Lloyd Maynard Forum Chambers
Jamie Molloy Ignite Specialty Risk
Dominic Tucker iDiscovery Solutions
Philippa Hill Grant Thornton
Katy Manley PNLA President & BPE Solicitors

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