The Professional Negligence Law Review: Editor's Preface

This third edition of The Professional Negligence Law Review provides an indispensable overview of the law and practice of professional liability and regulation in 15 jurisdictions. 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. I am especially pleased this year to have a chapter on the United States. This was a significant undertaking by our colleagues at Hinshaw & Culbertson – Tom McGarry, Katherine Schnake and Michael Ruff. It has provided a vital resource and stands testament to the depth and breadth of their practice.

In all jurisdictions we now face several years of claims and regulatory issues arising out of the current economic and social turbulence. Jurisdictions and professions will be affected in different ways. In the United Kingdom we will have the further changes emerging from the expiry of the transition period following the UK's departure from the EU. The implementation of new trade arrangements and new jurisdiction and choice of laws arrangements will follow. Rapid changes such as these and economic downturns are the dry tinder for professional mistakes and wrongdoing.

This third edition is the product of the skill and knowledge of leading practitioners in 15 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 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 particularly like to thank my colleagues at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain for their input in preparing the chapter on England and Wales, and especially to Bryony Howe who has assisted in its production with great knowledge and skill. Finally, the team at Law Business Research has managed this production of this third edition with passion and great care. I am very grateful to all of them.

Nicholas Bird
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP
June 2020

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