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Loss of immunity from suit for experts

Now that the dust has settled a little, one may expand upon the probable impact of the decision of the Supreme Court relating to expert immunity arising from the Jones v Kaney case.

EWI Annual Conference 2011

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Forensic group committee member Steve Redhead attended the Expert Witness Institute’s annual conference recently. Here, he summarises the speakers’ views on life after Jones v Kaney and shares some of their opinions on key questions raised by the case.

Have you been in the hot tub yet?

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We are talking here not about what you do to relax, but about how you may be required to give concurrent evidence.

Part one: share valuations

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Cream Holdings Ltd v Davenport [2011] EWCA Civ 1287 illustrates the problems which can arise if an outgoing shareholder adopts an obstructive approach to the share valuation required in order to implement a pre-emption provision.

Part two: share valuations

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In this second article, Clive Freedman and Christopher Harris address points relating to the decision in Cream Holdings Ltd v Davenport that could cause difficulty in future cases, as well as looking at two other recent cases about expert determination.

Social media: how worried should you be?

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Although much of the work of the expert is covered by rules of privacy, legal privilege and confidentiality, one area in which they are very much exposed is their reputation.

Go compare?

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Rosemary Turnbull, an Assistant Manager in Mazars’ Forensic and Investigations Services team, looks at the use of comparable companies when determining an appropriate discount factor.

Experts immunity from suit - lost

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The long awaited decision on expert immunity from being sued in the case of Jones and Kaney 2011 UK SC13 has been given. The Supreme Court ruled it should be abolished.

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