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  • 2016

    2016 Articles


    April

    • Well-drafted settlement agreement with former client avoids £70M negligence claim
    • SRA launches new version of SRA Handbook and Consumer Credit Toolkit
    • What documents must a solicitor deliver up to a client when asked for the file?
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    March

    • Have you considered increasing your conveyancing fees?
    • SRA Launches "Law Firm Search"
    • New Code of Conduct to be just 10 pages long
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    February

    • Are you letting your client account be used as a banking facility?
    • Large firms facing increased pressure from clients to accept risk
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    January

    • Update your internet browser!
    • Can up-to-date client ID be too up to date?
    • Fault in online Form E affects 3,638 divorce proceedings
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  • 2015

    2015 Articles


    December

    • Client care letters
    • ADR Directive
    • Solicitor named and shamed over lax practices
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    November

    • Consumer credit activities and unbundled advice
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    October

    • Fraud & cyber security
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    September

    • Top 10 common causes of claims against solicitors
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    August

    • Inheritance Act claims
    • Can you ever refuse to mediate?
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    July

    • Microsoft stops support for Windows Server 2003
    • SRA launches new MTC consultation
    • SRA to continue to regulate consumer credit work
    • Further increases to court fees
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    June

    • Social Media
    • Legal Ombudsman / Inadequate costs information
    • Conflicts of interests
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    May

    • Cyber Security
    • E-mail address errors
    • Executive Risk Solutions for Solicitors
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    April

    • Cyber Security
    • Regulation of Consumer Credit Activities
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    March

    • Legal Ombudsman time limit increase
    • Unbundled advice
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    February

    • New banking scam warning
    • Substantial increases to court issue fees
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    January

    • Money Laundering Guidance
    • Changes to CPR Part 36
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  • 2014

    2014 Articles


    December

    • CML Handbook updates
    • Settlements in multi-party actions
    • MTC Consultation
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    November

    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Without Prejudice Communications
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    October

    • Costs & Legal Ombudsman
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    September

    • Client care / due diligence
    • Scope of retainer
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    August

    • Jackson reforms update
    • Banking scam warning
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    July

    • Conveyancing Claims
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    June

    • Renewal 2014
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    May

    • Company/commercial law - common and costly errors
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    April

    • Commercial property
    • Capital allowances
    • Break clauses
    • Manorial rights
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    March

    • Important risk issues in 2014
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    February

    • Employment Law - recent cases and practice
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    January

    • Wills and Estate Planning - the modern family
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  • 2013

    2013 Articles


    December

    • Residential conveyancing; getting it right this time round!
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    November

    • "Subject to," "notwithstanding" and "without prejudice" -what do they all mean?
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    October

    • Exclusion clauses
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    September

    • Overage
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    August

    • Unbundled legal services
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    July

    • Keeping the (good) faith
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    June

    • File reviews - how they can help your firm
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    May

    • Execution of documents- the formalities
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    April

    • Restraint of trade
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    March

    • Charging Orders
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    February

    • Consumer rights - the basics
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    January

    • Jackson reforms - Introduction
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  • 2012

    2012 Articles


    December

    • Here we go again - claims that keep on coming
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    November

    • Social media - what is all the fuss about?
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    October

    • Side letters and letters of intent
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    September

    • 30 September deadline for care home fees claims
    • Privilege - Without Prejudice - the basics
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    August

    • Endeavours - "best", "reasonable" or "all reasonable"?
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    July

    • Construction related claims
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    June

    • Vulnerable clients - meeting their needs
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    May

    • Road Traffic law - Time of change
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    April

    • Where there's blame...commercial property claims
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    March

    • The Code of Conduct - a real estate reality
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    February

    • Wills: next in the firing line?
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    January

    • Common frauds targeting law firms & Missed limitation? Don't blame the court?
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  • 2011

    2011 Articles


    December

    • Matrimonial law: common errors
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    November

    • Registering risk & New SRA enforcement strategy for conveyancing
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    October

    • Searches: what clients need to know before they buy
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    September

    • File retention and destruction: best practice
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    August

    • Outcomes Focused Regulation
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    July

    • Part 36: no time limited offers
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    June

    • Employment litigation: common errors
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    May

    • Successor practices and run-off: the most frequently asked questions
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    April

    • Engagements letters, estimates and terminating retainers - Minkin v Cawdery Kaye Fireman and Taylor, 2011
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    March

    • SDLT avoidance schemes: know what you're getting into
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    February

    • Commercial litigation claims
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    January

    • The future of solicitors' PI insurance: time to have your say
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  • 2010

    2010 Articles


    December

    • Applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority: the wrongs and rights
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    November

    • Initial contact with prospective clients
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    October

    • Co-ownership: another cautionary tale
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    September

    • The all new Legal Ombudsman is coming
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    August

    • Part 36 - an update
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    July

    • Limitation and issuing proceedings for or against the wrong party
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    June

    • Risk management - the essentials
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    May

    • The Key to testamentary capacity
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    April

    • Acting on small business sales or purchases - recognise the risks
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    March

    • Residential conveyancing - 10 common claim areas
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    February

    • Provision of Services Regulations - are you complaint? & New BSA mortgage instructions
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    January

    • Immigration law - common errors
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  • 2009

    2009 Articles


    December

    • Matrimonial consent orders - the problems
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    November

    • Business continuity - how prepared are you?
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    October

    • Mergers: the basics
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    September

    • Bankruptcy issues in property transactions
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    August

    • Service of the claim form - will you get it right?
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    July

    • An underwriting perspective
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    June

    • Early completion - the dangers
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    May

    • Legal Disciplinary Practices and firm-based regulation
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    April

    • Breaking up is hard to do
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    March

    • No more statutory dispute resolution procedures & Missed time limits - unfair dismissal
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    February

    • Lateral hiring - the basics
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    January

    • Estate distribution - common errors
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  • 2008

    2008 Articles


    December

    • Dabbling - the dangers
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    November

    • Service of the claim form - 10 important changes
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    October

    • Incentives and discounts - disclosure to lenders
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    September

    • Undertakings - are you in control?
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    August

    • Part 36 - is the judgment worth the fight?
    • Estimates - can you afford not to get paid?
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    July

    • Matrimonial settlements and financial disclosure
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    June

    • Critical dates - identify, record and react!
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    May

    • Will drafting errors
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    April

    • 'Best endeavours' versus 'reasonable endeavours'
    • Mortgage Fraud - new practice note
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    March

    • Claims - generic risks
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    February

    • Service of the claim form - disputing validity
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    January

    • Employment lawyers - be clear when compromising
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  • 2007

    2007 Articles


    December

    • Mortgage fraud - could you spot it?
    • Property fraud warning signs
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    November

    • Money Laundering Regulations 2007 - Customer Due Diligence
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    October

    • Your policy - 10 key points
    • Lenders and conveyancing files - be careful what you disclose
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    September

    • Protecting your practice? Don't bank on it!
    • Protective claim forms - the dangers
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    August

    • Unless orders
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    July

    • Know your company clients
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    June

    • Code day, 1 July 2007 - are you ready?
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    May

    • Delays and mental block files - what's your strategy
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    April

    • Part 36 but not as we know it
    • Part 14 - pre-action admissions
    • Claims management services regulation
    • Referrals - SRA issues warning card
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    March

    • Claims and circumstances by area of practice - the top five
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    February

    • The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - implications for lawyers
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    January

    • Successor practices and run-off
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  • 2006

    2006 Articles


    December

    • Criminal law - low risk, not no risk!
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    November

    • Redemption statement pitfalls
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    October

    • Personal injury trusts and means-tested benefits
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    September

    • Commercial lawyers and drafting errors
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    August

    • The re-marriage trap - don't let your clients get caught!
    • High value breach of employment contract claims - issue in the High Court
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    July

    • Conflicts, confidentiality and disclosure - the new rules
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    June

    • LLP members as executors
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    May

    • Protect your clients' privacy
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    April

    • TUPE 2006 - employment and property lawyers take note!
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    March

    • Service of the claim form - the saga continues
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    February

    • Confidential emails - think before hitting send!
    • The 'right of first refusal' - property lawyers, are you in denial?
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    January

    • Ten steps to a healthy risk profile in 2006
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  • 2005

    2005 Articles


    December

    • Joint tenancies - the need to sever
    • Prescribed clauses leases
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    November

    • Continuing Professional Development
    • Employment Tribunal forms and pitfalls
    • Limitation agreements
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    October

    • CFA reforms effective 1 November 2005
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    September

    • The Experts protocol
    • Managing relationships with experts and other third parties
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    August

    • Fighting fraud
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    July

    • Priority period pitfalls
    • Allegations of negligence - don't deny (or admit) unless we agree
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    June

    • Periodical payments in personal injury law
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    May

    • Commercial law claims
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    April

    • Before the event insurance and CFAs
    • Claims farmers
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    March

    • Gifts with reservation and "pre-owned assets" - do you know your stuff?
    • Standard documentation - certify only when satisfied!
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    February

    • New home warranty policies
    • Collective enfranchisement - an update on the 2002 counter-notices regulations
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    January

    • Delegation and supervision - without telepathy or x-ray vision
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  • 2004

    2004 Articles


    December

    • Co-purchasers - unequal contributions, declarations of trust, conflicts, independent advice
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    November

    • Vice of claim form - leading cases
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    October

    • Claims and circumstances - guidance on what to notify and when
    • FSA regulation of insurance and mortgages - impact on solicitors
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    September

    • Statutory dismissal and disciplinary procedures, statutory grievance procedures - New tribunal rules
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    August

    • Leaseholds - enfranchisement/obtaining a new lease
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    July

    • Equity release - key issues/file checklist
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    June

    • Limiting solicitors' liability - limitation and exclusion clauses
    • Service of claim form - Hashtroodi v Hancock
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    May

    • Reliance on Counsel
    • New legislation - Asbestos, Disability discrimination
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    April

    • Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 - changes from 01/06/04
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    March

    • Execution of Wills & Engagement letters
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    February

    • Clients - how well do you know yours?
    • LLP - your last line of defence
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    January

    • Lenders' instructions - SCOT scheme - are you aware of the risks? & Wasted costs
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  • 2003

    2003 Articles


    December

    • Witnessing signatures - what would you do for 25?
    • Standard documentation - Barclays amend wording
    • IHT/gifts with reservation, discretionary trusts, deeds of variation
    • Protocols on housing disrepair and disease and illness claims effective 08/12/03
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    November

    • Stamp Duty Land Tax - the new regime
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    October

    • Standard documentation - read (and delete?) before you sign!
    • Testamentary capacity - do your clients have it?
    • Road Traffic Act - fixed costs for costs-only proceedings
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    September

    • Professional negligence claims
    • Holiday claims, package holidays, foreign defendants, accidents at sea or in the air
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    August

    • Land Registration Act 2002 - are you ready for the revolution?
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    July

    • Conditional Fee Agreements - the current state of play
    • General pre-action protocol practice direction - changes
    • Transferring life assurance and endowment policies
    • Road Traffic Act - Nawaz v Crowe Insurance - notice of proceedings to secretary
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    June

    • Claims update - notifications by worktype - common causes of claims
    • Frequently asked policy questions
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    May

    • Zurich Trainee Lawyer Awards
    • Motor Insurers Bureau - Uninsured Drivers Agreement 1999 - traps for the unwary or disorganised
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    April

    • Wills - delay in preparation
    • Wills - revocation by destruction & Distribution on Intestacy
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    March

    • Company charges - missing registration/rectification
    • Newly built homes - lenders' new requirements
    • Recovering your costs - Ralph Hume Garry v Gwillim
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    February

    • Missed charges & Undertakings
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    January

    • Repairing covenants
    • Dilapidations Protocol
    • Asbestos - Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002
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  • 2002

    2002 Articles


    December

    • Client care - email cards - avoid End User Licence Agreements & Money laundering - telltale signs - what should you be doing? & Civil Procedure Rules - update
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    November

    • Planning permission - time limit for judicial review - R v Hammersmith & Fulham & Consent to Assignment - Aubergine v Lakewood International & Scope of retainer - Credit Lyonnais v Russell Jones & Walker
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    October

    • How well do you know your policy? (2) & Continuing Professional Development - are you getting yours? & NHBC - cover for deposit & VAT on live/work units & Options to purchase - no option but to make a claim
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    September

    • Service of claim form - Anderton v Clwyd County Council & CML Handbook Second edition effective 1/10/02 & Inheritance tax changes effective 1/08/02 & Consignia plc v Russell Sealy - CA guidance on service by post
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    August

    • Part 36 offers can be withdrawn - does your client know? & Road Traffic Act 1988 - No notice? No payment by insurers & Recycled scrap paper may be confidential & Client selection - it can pay to say "No" & NHBC - confirm registration of builder before exchange & Off the record is on the record
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    July

    • Limitation - time for appeal runs from date of order - Sayers v Clarke-Walker & Limitation for negligently conducted litigation - Khan v Falvey & Professional negligence pre-action protocol - the basics & Financial dispute resolutions - Rose v Rose & Shared ownership leases - sniff out the critical clauses
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    June

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution - ignore now? Pay later! & Vibration White Finger - limitation amnesty expires 31/10/2002 & Bankrupt personal injury claimants & To top-up or not? & Contaminated land - environmental insurance solutions
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    May

    • File retention/destruction after Cave v Robinson Jarvis & Rolf
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    April

    • CON29DW - Sewers and drains & Building regulations - changes to Part L effective 1 April 2002 & Limitation - Carriage by Air Act - Warsaw Convention & Service - Out of time? Out of luck! & Child Support Pensions and Social Security Act 2000
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    March

    • Zurich Professional's claims 01/09/00 - 31/12/01 & Claims related issues - duty to notify - successor practices
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    February

    • Cheque safeguards & Joint mortgages - what's the liability? - AIB v Martin and Gold & What's available on the web for free? & Wills and joint tenancies - no more disappointed beneficiaries!
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    January

    • Royal Bank of Scotland plc v Etridge 2001 HL - guidance notes and skeleton letter
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  • 2001

    2001 Articles


    December

    • Break clauses - getting the notice requirements right! & Building regulations - Cottingham v Attey Bower and Jones & Limitation periods - the basics
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    November

    • How well do you know your policy? (1) & Flooding - how are your defences? & Co-ownership - back to basics & Overriding objective - is your client on the learning curve?
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