A detailed note on Lord Justice Jackson's final report following his review of civil litigation costs which was published on 14 January 2010. This note summarises the issues considered by Jackson LJ and sets out his recommendations. It also comments on the potential impact of the recommendations and includes views from a number of leading practitioners. It links to two short notes setting out our views as to when each of the recommendations is likely to take effect generally and for specific litigation.
Engagement letters are used by accountants, solicitors, investment banks and other advisers to limit their liability when giving advice. This note deals with the issues that arise when limiting liability and summarises the provisions most commonly found in retainer letters.
The Solicitors Regulation Authority issued a new Handbook in 2011, including a new Code of Conduct, which was prompted by the introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABSs). The Handbook was introduced on a phased basis from August 2011. The key implementation date was 6 October 2011. This note explains the background to the Handbook and its structure. For information on how the Handbook and Code of Conduct impacts on issues commonly faced by lawyers in property transactions, see Practice note, SRA Handbook 2011 and Code of Conduct: issues for property lawyers.