How to Avoid Professional Negligence Claims Following the Jackson Reforms

How to Avoid Professional Negligence Claims Following the Jackson Reforms

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Course Overview

Following the introduction of the new Civil Procedure Rules in April 2013 and the subsequent Jackson Reforms, there has been a significant increase in claims against solicitors, particularly in respect of relief from sanctions application deadlines being missed. There has also been an increase parties being penalised for unreasonable refusal to mediate, which begs the question will an increase in mediation lead to an increase in claims against mediators also?

This course, delivered by experienced mediator and deputy district judge Peter Causton, is aimed at professional negligence practitioners and will consider the way in which reforms, focussed on compliance with the overriding directive to deal with cases justly and at proportionate costs, has resulted in a negligence minefield for practitioners and will also discuss what the future holds.

This course will also be of interest to PI practitioners and civil litigators as it will offer guidance not only on how to reduce the risk of professional negligence claims but will also identity the potential traps which you need to avoid.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch 1 hour recorded webinar
  • This course provides one CPD point.

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • Understand the background to the new CPR and Jackson Reforms and the impact which these have had in terms of increased professional negligence claims
  • Be able to identify the most common pitfalls and know how to avoid these traps
  • Be familiar with recent case law following Denton and the implication which these have had in respect of negligence claims

What is the target audience?

  • Civil practitioners and litigators

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About Instructor - Peter Causton

Peter is an independent commercial and civil mediator. He is an excellent communicator and negotiator, having originally trained as a barrister and then qualified as a solicitor advocate. He has over 20 years experience as a solicitor practising in commercial and insurance litigation, with particular expertise in the field of professional indemnity/negligence law.

Peter has been shortlisted for the Law Society’s In-House Solicitor of the Year Award 2017.

Peter is a member of the Insurance Working Party of the CCBE and is involved in developing EU policy on Insurance law. He has been involved as a member of the Civil Justice Council Costs Committee, reviewing guideline hourly rates for the profession and is knowledgeable about costs assessment and litigation funding.

Peter is co-author of PI Brief’s book on ADR for Personal Injury Lawyers.

Peter is on the editorial board of the Jackson ADR Handbook which is the authoratative guide to ADR used in every Civil Court in England & Wales.  He is also a Board Member and Director/Trustee of the Civil Mediation Council Limited. He is also a member of the Civil Justice Council Costs Committee.

Peter has taken part in numerous mediations and has undertaken mediator training and ODR training.

As a Deputy District Judge, he also knows from his own experience about what happens when parties cannot reach agreement and the Court has to adjudicate.

As a member of the editorial board of the Jackson ADR Handbook and board member of the Civil Mediation Council, Peter is up to date with developments with respect to ADR in the UK and recently presented a seminar for the Law Society on ODR. Peter has conducted telephone and time limited mediations. He has been involved in the Business Dispute Resolution Commitment initiative, similar to the ADR pledge.


Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar
    00:35:59

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