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Professional Negligence and Liability Update – report from the latest PNLA seminar

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Temple were pleased once again to be a sponsor of this seminar. The aim/theme was to try and ‘untangle’ recent changes affecting professional negligence litigation.

The speakers were of the highest quality and experience, and the event was chaired by Nicola Rushton QC who made sure proceedings ran like clockwork. She provided a keynote address to get delegates in the mood for a dynamic and thought-provoking series of talks from acclaimed professional negligence barristers.

A highlight was Michael Poole QC’s thorough examination of where we are with ‘Loss of chance’.  Shantanu Majumdar covered ‘Non–Party Costs orders against Professional Indemnity Insurers’, Daniel Shapiro discussed problems with the use of expert witnesses and Neil Hext QC looked at ‘Brokers’ Negligence’.

The technical content was excellent and the general view from delegates was that this was one of the best conferences for some time.  Adding some balance we also had a presentation from Jago Russell from Fair Trials which included an interesting proposition that there could be a place for professional negligence lawyers in criminal cases!

Robert Wright, Head of Civil Litigation and Funding at the MoJ, gave an overview of the Post-Implementation Review of Part 2 of LASPO and David Pipkin, my colleague from Temple Legal Protection, provided a brief ATE insurance and Litigation funding update.

Overall this seminar raised the bar and will be a hard act to follow.