Legal Update: When reasonable isn't enough

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For many years, those interested in professional negligence claims have considered the standard of care that professionals need to show is fairly settled. In the absence of specific contractual terms, it is generally sufficient to show that their advice, design or actions fell within a reasonable body of opinion in England and Wales (Bolam v Friern Hospital Management Committee) or in Scotland within actions “ordinary skilled professionals” would undertake (Hunter v Hanley). However, the Sup