The Lawyer Asia Pacific 150 is the only research report to provide a ranking of the top 100 independent local firms and top 50 global firms in the region. The report offers critical review of some of the fastest growing firms and their strategies, a country-by-country guide to leading legal advisers and legal services market trends, plus exclusive insight into the current business development opportunities in the Asia Pacific. Read more
This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
A REPORT claiming house-buyers get a raw deal from surveyors has come under fire from a leading professional indemnity lawyer.
A study by the National Consumer Council (NCC) concludes that the Court of Appeal has sided with surveyors in determining damages for negligence claims.
The NCC says householders should be awarded the full cost of repairs where a surveyor has made mistakes.
But it says that the courts have been less generous, choosing instead to award complainants the difference between the cost of the house and the true market value had the defects been correctly diagnosed.
David Hertzell, managing partner of Davies Arnold Cooper, says the courts have been taking the logical approach and have recognised "the realities of the market-place".
Most current claims date back to work done during the 1980s boom when house prices were soaring.
"If you buy a house in a rising market, discussions with the purchaser over repairs usually lead to some kind of agreement where only part of the cost is knocked off the price," says Hertzell. If the market is stagnant, the courts should reflect this, he says.