Professional Negligence Limitation Period

Julian Gun Cuninghame won an appeal in the Court of Appeal today in Richards v McKeown and McKeowns Solicitors Ltd. The case concerned the limitation period applicable when solicitors are sued for professional negligence, including personal injury, in particular where 1) the personal injury claim is added by amendment after issue, 2) the effect of section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980 on a summary judgment application by solicitors and 3) whether the personal injury claim can be severed from the claim to prevent the whole claim having a three year limitation period. Julian won his appeal on all three points. The judgment will be posted when it has been transcribed. The Court of Appeal was Jackson LJ and Senior President of Tribunals.