Latest Newsletter from Howden May 2022
In this edition of Premium Matters our leading article addresses the situation when your firm is instructed part-way through a matter by a client who is unhappy with the advice or service they are receiving from their current solicitor. We have seen a number of negligence claims arise in this scenario so we highlight some of the issues you need to look out for.
It's “Mental Health Awareness Week” so we want to take the opportunity to remind all law firms that PII underwriters are placing more importance on your attention to the mental health and wellbeing of fee earners. Our Employee and Benefits Team outline six tips to help deal with work-related stress which we would encourage you to share with your teams.
We continue to focus on cyber issues. Our cyber team walk you through a cyber-incident, detailing the steps to take in the event your firm becomes the subject of a cyber attack. 'Forewarned is forearmed' as the saying goes - we recommend you familiarise yourself with what to expect and what to do should you experience this all too frequent scenario.
Our guest publication comes from law firm RPC. It addresses the question of file ownership - a topic that many firms grapple with when a file request is made, particularly if the request is received in the context of a PII claim.
For those of you who missed it, we have included our recent review of the 1 April 2022 renewal which we published recently and we finish off with an important update on the latest developments and next steps in relation to post six-year run-off cover (PSYROC).
In the current hard market it has never been more important for law firms to engage with their broker. At Howden we understand the importance of keeping law firms informed on the issues relating to PII, risk and legal practice.
- My solicitor is doing a terrible job. I want to instruct you (howdengroup.com)
- Solicitors: essential support for work-related stress (howdengroup.com)
- You’re a victim of a cyber-attack, now what? | Howden UK (howdengroup.com)
- The X-Client Files: who owns a solicitor's file (howdengroup.com)
- 1 April 2022 Solicitors’ PII Renewal: A gIimmer of light? (howdengroup.com)
- Post Six Year Run-Off Cover (PSYROC) – An Update (howdengroup.com)