What is run-off cover?
Run-off is the insurance cover provided under certain policies when your practice ceases, whether voluntarily, as a result of retirement, merger or involuntarily, through insolvency or due to another closure event.Read More
COVID-19 and the ongoing impact on residential property transactions
Back in October 2020, we reported on the trends shown by the England and Welsh property market during and after the first national lockdown. Since then, we have experienced a second lockdown (in November 2020), and are now slowly emerging from a third. To produce this update, we have utilised the next two quarters of residential property purchase data filtered by date of completion from the Land Registry, which now shows us the full results for 2020.Read More
Solicitors Season Review - Reflection on the latest renewals season
The hardening insurance market conditions continued for the spring renewal period with rates continuing to rise. October 2020 was tough, but the conditions that practices experienced leading up to British springtime 2021 were even tougher and I suspect much harder than anyone in the broker community had predicted. Insurers’ appetites were suppressed and as we got closer to the 1st April renewal date, market conditions became progressively more challenging.Read More
How long does it take for a mistake to be discovered?
The time it takes to discover a mistake, error or negligent act can vary hugely. We have seen claims which are notified almost immediately after the negligent act took place, to the other extreme where one matter (residential conveyancing) was reported 38 years after the work was carried out. Those claims discovered quickly have the potential for rectification however social engineering fraud claims, where money is wired to an imposter purporting to be the client, can be difficult to mitigate in terms of retrieving the funds, as they are often swiftly transferred to multiple accounts overseas, never to be seen again. Claims which arise years after the fee earners have left or from work no longer carried out by the firm, can be particularly difficult to defend: lack of information, attendance notes or files destroyed or lost, mean firms are left floundering to defend themselves.Read More
Extended policy period - What you need to know
Due to hard market conditions and the ongoing impact of Covid-19, some practices may be facing very difficult decisions during their upcoming professional indemnity insurance (PII) renewal period. The unfortunate reality is that some firms may struggle to obtain cover and could fall into the extended indemnity period as a result.Read More
Property hijacking has become more prevalent in the UK and the coronavirus crisis has given fraudsters more opportunity to make money, fuelling the growth of crime in the UK.Read More
Abiding with the SRA transparency rules
December 2018 saw the SRA introduce new transparency rules for the legal profession in England and Wales. As part of this, a new requirement was introduced for all regulated practices to publish pricing and information for the following services on their websites.Read More
Solicitors Guidance - How to select your indemnity limit
Top-up insurance for solicitors (also known as excess layer insurance) is coverage that is placed above, or in excess of, the compulsory primary indemnity limit set out by the solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).Read More
Protecting your business - Office insurance tailored for the legal profession
Office Guardian is a Lockton service provided by MS Amlin, designed to provide your business with comprehensive, effective insurance protection at extremely competitive premiums. Using a unique, tailored approach, Office Guardian provides market leading-cover, purpose-built to meet the specific requirements of your solicitor practice.Read More
Mergers: a case of 'marry today, divorce tomorrow'?
While the October insurance renewal season saw premiums increase across the board, also noticeable was a rise in mergers and acquisitions, especially in the small/medium firm sector.Read More
The compliance year ahead
As Compliance Officers return to work after the strangest Christmas which most of us can remember, it’s time to write that compliance plan for the year ahead.Read More
Stoffel v Grondona – a cautionary tale for property lawyers?
The Stoffel v Grondona case has put the illegality defence into the spotlight. This Judgement provides useful guidance on the application of necessary considerations, but it also presents uncertainty around how future courts may assess competing public policy considerations.Read More
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Insured with Enterprise? Managing the fall-out from liquidation
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Client Account Dangers Exposed
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Invoice fraud: educating your clients
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Solicitors PII Renewal Statistics - a year in review