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Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability 9th ed with 2nd Supplement

Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability 9th ed with 2nd Supplement
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Jackson & Powell is the definitive text on Professional Liability. It provides comprehensive coverage of the law of professional liability. It is an essential reference point for every practitioner as it aids them in establishing whether a duty of care exists and whether it has been breached, providing quick access with confidence as to whether a cause of action exists while explaining the remedies available.

Key features

  • Examines the nature of professional liability
  • Deals with subjects of general application and delves into specific professions
  • Discusses the difference between tortious liability and contractual liability
  • Considers the duties and obligations of a professional including positive duties and restrictions
  • Considers the standard of skill and care including the relevance of the defendant’s qualifications and experience
  • Discusses changes in the standard required by professional
  • Explains the nature of a fiduciary duty including unauthorised profits and undue influence
  • Discusses the origins of the duty of confidentiality including the continuing duty to former clients
  • Differentiates between limitation in contract, tort and equity



The new edition addresses all key developments and case law that have evolved since publication of previous edition. It includes several significant new cases and developments, including the following:


Insurance. In Lord Bishop of Leeds v Dixon Coles & Gill the Court of Appeal gave further guidance in relation to aggregation. It held that liabilities to different clients arising from thefts from the insured firm’s client account by a partner should not be aggregated as they did not arise out of a series of related acts or omissions.

Scope of duty. The decisions of the Supreme Court in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton UK LLP, an accountants’ case, and Meadows v Khan, a medical case, provide significant guidance and refinement of the scope of duty principle, concentrating on the purpose of the advice objectively construed. This is relevant to claims against most professionals.

Surveyors. In Hart v Large the Court of Appeal upheld a decision that a negligent surveyor was liable for the difference in value between the purchase price and the actual value of the property with all the defects, including latent defects, as his advice should have advised that there were risks which could not be assessed.

Lawyers: In Harcus Sinclair llp v Your Lawyers Ltd the Supreme Court has for the first time reviewed the law on solicitors’ undertakings. It has provided significant further guidance on the questions to be asked to determine whether an undertaking was given as a solicitor.

Financial practitioners. Adams v Options SIPP UK LLP has significant ramifications for execution only SIPP providers. The Court of Appeal reviewed earlier High Court authority to the effect that the giving of mere information may constitute advice where the provision of information is itself the product of a selection process involving a value judgment.

The 9th edition, published in December 2021, is now supplied as a set inclusive of the 2nd Supplement published in December 2023. The supplement updates the main-work with the latest changes and new case law

table of content

Chapter 1: The Nature of Professional Liability
Chapter 2: Duties and Obligations
Chapter 3: Remedies
Chapter 4: Contribution between Defendants
Chapter 5: Defences
Chapter 6: Litigation
Chapter 7: Human Rights and Judicial Review in Professional Liability
Chapter 8: Professional Indemnity Insurance
Chapter 9: Construction Professionals
Chapter 10: Surveyors
Chapter 11: Solicitors
Chapter 12: Barristers
Chapter 13: Medical Practitioners
Chapter 14: Regulation of Financial Services
Chapter 15: Financial Practitioners
Chapter 16: Insurance Brokers
Chapter 17: Accountants and Auditors
Chapter 18: Actuaries
Chapter 19: Members’ and Managing Agents at Lloyd’s
Chapter 20: Information Technology Professionals
Chapter 21: Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys
Chapter 22: Art Professionals