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How are damages calculated in a professional negligence claim where there are multiple defendants?

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Published on LexisPSL on 27/01/2016

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How are damages calculated in a professional negligence claim where there are multiple defendants?
  • The standard of care in professional negligence cases
  • Apportioning damages in professional negligence cases

The standard of care in professional negligence cases

The standard of care in professional negligence cases is that of 'reasonable skill and care' as formulated in the Bolam case. There are indicators as to how that test is applied in practice and the use of industry opinion in professional negligence claims, which can vary as between different industries. Please see our Practice Note: Standard of care in professional negligence claims for more guidance and, in particular, you may find the section on the standard of care expected of solicitors and barristers useful.

Once the existence of a duty and standard of care which the prospective defendant has breached is established, it remains necessary to demonstrate that the resulting damage was both caused by such breach and w

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