Most consultants are already familiar with the idea that claims in negligence and/or contract are subject to the doctrine of limitation periods (or prescription periods in Scottish law).

Towards the end of 2018, a Scottish court threw a spanner in the works of those seeking to limit their liability in collateral warranties, by ruling that a prescription period (limitation period) in a collateral warranty was not impacted by the presence of ‘no greater liability’ and ‘equivalent rights’ clauses, which would otherwise have had the effect of ‘time barring’ the claim.

We have recently fielded a number of questions from clients relating to the increasing use of Common Data Environments (or CDEs) on construction projects.

Organisations are increasingly dependent on information and communication technology (ICT) for their day-to-day activities. Whilst this delivers significant benefits, it may also introduce new risks, which if not managed correctly can significantly impact upon operations, financial performance, legal compliance and reputation. Research suggests that the cost of cyber crime in the UK is £34.1 billion per year.

Traditionally claimants always used to plead complete claims in front of judges, so that if the judge felt minded to find for the claimant then the court would go on to award compensation at the same time. The unsuccessful defendant consultant and its insurers would be bound to pay any damages (possibly with costs in addition) within a relatively short timescale.

It has been more than 10-years since Griffiths & Armour published ‘Professional Indemnity insurance: the not so super market’, a paper written as the financial crash of 2008 took hold and the talk in the insurance industry was of insurer withdrawal, a hardening market, increased cost, restricted class wordings and generally challenging times.

The recent Scottish decision in Midlothian Council v Bracewell Stirling [2018] CSIH 21 has confirmed what any lead consultant would have hoped in relation to his responsibility for others on the construction team.

Griffiths & Armour trek for 12 hours over 54km to raise nearly £4000 for NSPCC in Peak District walk.

Griffiths & Armour are delighted to announce the relocation of our London teams to a new office in the City to cater for the company’s growth and continued focus on client service excellence.

Businesses have been given a stark reminder about how seriously they need to take any data breach which exposes sensitive customer data following two record breaking fines totally nearly £300m for British Airways and Marriott.