Former Swansea City Chairman Sues His Divorce Solicitors But Errors By His Professional Negligence Lawyers Have Created Further Costs & Delays 

Jenkins v JCP Solicitors Ltd Mr Jenkins was, until recently, the Chairman of Swansea City Association Football Club.  He recently divorced, having allegedly delayed instituting divorce proceedings on the advice...


Financial Ombudsman Award Limit Increases To £350,000

The maximum amount that can be awarded by the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) has sharply increased this week from £150,000 to £350,000 (in respect of new claims), and is set...


The Scourge Of Late Business Payments

The Federation of Small Businesses estimates that about 50,000 companies a year close as a consequence of big businesses delaying payments to them, with listed companies are often the worst...


Court of Appeal Decides Negligence Case Became A Pumpkin At Midnight…And Not A “Nano Moment” Thereafter

In Matthew v Sedman [2019] EWCA Civ 475, the Court of Appeal determined that a professional negligence claim was brought out of time; the case turned on a matter of...


High Street Crisis & Debt Recovery

The continuing uncertainty around Brexit and what might happen on 29 March 2019 can only add to retailers’ concerns and financial uncertainties. 2018 proved to be the worst year for retail...


Christmas Trading Reports – Struggling High Street Sales

As consumer spending continues to fall, it is vital companies doing business in the retail sector take steps to protect their own position. It comes after December 2018 was named one...


New Rules On Capped Costs Pilot Scheme

The capped costs pilot scheme is set to begin on Monday 14th January in the Business and Property Courts cases in Leeds and Manchester and the Circuit Commercial Court in...


Time Limits For Professional Negligence Claims

If you are considering making a negligence claim against a professional (such as an accountant, financial adviser, solicitor, barrister, insurance broker, surveyor or architect) then it is important to note...


Buying Or Selling A Business

The decision to buy or sell a business can be a tough one, and may be based on a number of differing financial or commercial factors. A sale and purchase...


IR35 Provisions – Changes To The Off-Payroll Working Rules In The Private Sector

What is IR35? The ‘off-payroll rules’ (also known as the IR35 provisions or the intermediaries legislation) refer to the United Kingdom’s anti-avoidance tax legislation and was implemented by HM Revenue...


Pilot To Take Off

The Disclosure Pilot Scheme (Practice Direction 51U of the Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”)) is about to begin in the Business and Property Courts from 1st January 2019. The Pilot will...


Out Of Time? – The Effect Of A Stay In Proceedings Before Service Of The Claim Form

In the recent case of Grant v Dawn Meats (UK) [2018] EWCA Civ 2212, the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal that a claim was served in time after a...