This second edition of The Professional Negligence Law Review provides an indispensable overview of the law and practice of professional liability and regulation in 15 jurisdictions. I am delighted that we have enlarged the number of jurisdictions covered adding substantial chapters dealing with Russia, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The Professional Negligence Law Review contains information that is invaluable to the large number of firms, insurers, practitioners and other stakeholders who are concerned with the liability and regulatory issues of professionals across the globe. It is published at a time when we continue to face an unusual level of political and economic turbulence and liability and regulatory risks for professional firms are increasingly global concerns.

In my own jurisdiction we highlight the ongoing work that professional firms face implementing the European General Data Protection Regulation. Its extraterritorial reach means that most international firms across the world will have to have policies in relation to it. We are now in our second year and seeing enforcement action. The first of these in the UK was by the ICO against a firm based outside the EU in Canada. Large fines have been levied by other European authorities against significant commercial entities. We also highlight a substantial change in the way that disclosure is dealt with in our business and property courts. Practitioners here have been grappling with that since 1 January 2019.

You will see similarly significant developments in all of the other jurisdictions. This second edition is the product of the skill and knowledge of leading practitioners in those jurisdictions, setting out the key elements of professional conduct and obligations. Each chapter deals with the fundamental principles of professional negligence law, including obligations, fora, dispute resolution mechanisms, remedies and time bars. The chapter authors then review factors specific to the main professions and conclude with an outline of the developments of the past year and issues to look out for in the year ahead.

I would like to thank all of those who have contributed to this edition. The wealth of their expertise is evident in the lucidity of their writing; there are only a limited number of firms that have the breadth of practice to cover all the major professions. The individual contributors' biographies can be found in Appendix 1. I would especially like to thank my colleagues at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain for their input in preparation the chapter on England and Wales, and to Bryony Howe in particular. Finally, the team at Law Business Research has managed this production of this second edition with passion and great care. I am very grateful to all of them.

Nicholas Bird
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
June 2019