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Ambitious proposals contained in a recent tripartite paper by the Department of Justice, the Office of the Lord Chief Justice, and the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunal Service, have revealed plans for significant investment in the Northern Ireland justice system.
The highly anticipated Lacrosse Appeal judgment was handed down in early 2021 providing some guidance for construction professionals around the requisite standard of care and the availability (or, more accurately, the unavailability) of the peer professional opinion defence for building surveyors responding to claims arising from the use of combustible cladding in Australia.
This year’s Queen’s Speech outlined the UK Government’s plan to 'level up' opportunities across all parts of the UK, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth, and addressing the impact of the pandemic on public services.
Case review 2021-05-26
The decision in Collett v SPF Private Clients [21.04.21] to strike out an interest only mortgage claim on grounds of limitation could be a significant blow to the claimant law firms who have been flooding the market with these claims.
Professional liability policies generally insure policyholders for risks created by their professional negligence and, like many other liability insurance products, are often drafted so as not to cover losses arising from the insured’s intentional conduct. This is commonly achieved by including a negligence trigger in the insuring grant, such as a requirement that coverage will only be provided for losses arising from the insured’s negligent acts, errors, or omissions.
Case review 2021-05-13
In April 2021, the UK Supreme Court in the unanimous decision of Grant v International Insurance Company provided further clarity over the principles of interpreting insurance policy exclusions. The court determined that liability for accidental injuries arising out of “deliberate acts” is not excluded if those injuries were not deliberately intended on the part of the tortfeasor.
Case review 2021-05-12
The Commercial Court has struck out a £58m unlawful means conspiracy claim against Teacher Stern LLP, Primekings Holding Limited (Primekings) and Paul Downes QC.
In our previous article, we looked at the challenges facing designers in the energy from waste (EfW) sector. Since then, and putting aside the impact of COVID-19, it is fair to say that the UK’s growth in this sector has slowed considerably. But that is not due to a lack of appetite for investment. This article looks at the recent EfW deals which have been struck, the future for EfW projects in the UK, and the challenges which building designers face.
Kennedys has promoted ten lawyers to its partnership. Four of those promoted are based in the UK, with six in the US. Kennedys’ worldwide partner count is now 280.
Kennedys has today announced the latest phase of its expansion with the launch of a new office in Perth, Australia. It is the firm’s 43rd office and second new office opening so far this year.