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2017

Tony Palmer QC

It is with great regret and sorrow that Chambers announces the passing of Anthony “Tony” Palmer QC.

Upon taking Silk, as was the then convention, Tony joined Chambers in London – in this case at our old address at 2 Dr. Johnson’s…

CN v Poole Borough Council – Briefing Note on the Decision of the Court of Appeal

CN v Poole Borough Council
Briefing Note on the Decision of the Court of Appeal
On December 21st 2017, the Court of Appeal handed down its judgment in CN v Poole Borough Council. This briefing note explains this decision, which…

Tom Little Appointed as Senior Treasury Counsel

Her Majesty’s Attorney General has appointed Tom Little as Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court with immediate effect following an open competition. Tom’s appointment follows him having been Junior Treasury Counsel for the last 5 and a half years. Chambers…

Court of Appeal uphold CICA Damages Act Discount Rate

The Court of Appeal has upheld the application of the Lord Chancellor’s Prescribed Discount Rate by the CICA in assessing future care costs in a pre-tariff case under the 1990 Scheme. The rate had been used even though the CICA is not…

A point of principle: the Supreme Court clarifies the “but for” test

Tiuta International Limited (in liquidation) (Respondent) v De Villiers Surveyors Limited (Appellant) [2017] UKSC 77

In a tightly drawn 15 paragraph judgment, delivered last week, Lord Sumption overturned the decision of Moore Bick LJ in the Court of Appeal, and restored…

Construction Negligence: an overview of 2017

The end of the year lends itself to a time of reflection, and similarly to case-law reviews. As I pick which professional – from social workers to solicitors – to focus upon, I return to that reliable source of litigation: Construction. 2017…

Hughes Holland v BPE Solicitors [2017] UKSC 21

This was an appeal concerning the correct approach to damages where a client incurred loss in a transaction that, but for his advisor’s negligence he would not have entered into, but as a result of risks which it was no part of…

Professional Liability Update – Hughes Holland v BPE Solicitors

This was an appeal concerning the correct approach to damages where a client incurred
loss in a transaction that, but for his advisor’s negligence he would not have entered into, but
as a result of risks which it was no…

2 new Silks for 9 Gough Chambers

Chambers is delighted to announce that Tom Little and Stuart McKechnie have been successful in the 2017 silk competition.
The ceremony will take place on 26th February 2018 at Westminster Hall.
All at 9 Gough Chambers wish Tom and Stuart…

Professional Liability Update – The ‘but for’ test

In a tightly drawn 15 paragraph judgment, delivered last week, Lord Sumption
overturned the decision of Moore Bick LJ in the Court of Appeal, and restored the
first instance decision of Timothy Fancourt QC, sitting as a Deputy High

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