I posted about Swart v Carr here and here. It is a decision about whether a solicitor’s liability for certain entrepeneurial activities undertaken by him ‘was incurred “in connection with” “the business of practising as a solicitor”. The trial judge answered affirmatively. Now Justice Palmer’s decision has been reversed by the New South Wales Court of Appeal, in a decision about which professional indemnity insurers of lawyers will be relieved: Carr v Swart  NSWCA 337.
On the way through, the solicitor served a creditor’s statutory demand on Lawcover, and Lawcover succeeded in having it set aside. The decision ( NSWSC 306) might conceivably be a useful illustration of the nature of the rights and obligations of a claimant, insured and insurer, but I have not read it.
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