Category: Civil Procedure Rules

High Court provides reminder of the strict rules on valid service of the Claim Form

High Court rejects retrospective (one day) extension of time for service of the sealed Claim Form. The Claimant has a potential professional negligence claim against its’ solicitors.

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Beware of Limitation Periods: Supreme Court clarifies time periods for litigation claims

In a midnight deadline case, there is a complete undivided day following the expiry of the deadline, which should be included when calculating the limitation period. It is, therefore, crucial that limitation issues are considered at the outset of any potential claims.

Court refuses to amend developers’ £1.5 million cost budget

The High Court has refused permission for two property developers to amend their initial agreed cost budget of approximately £1.5 million after an attempt to request almost double the sums allowed.

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Witness Statements: New Rules Upcoming in the Business and Property Courts

Key changes include a new draft Practice Direction 57AC; the need to identify the documents which the witness has been referred to for the purpose of providing the evidence and endorsement by a certificate of compliance signed by a lawyer.

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Contempt of Court: Updated Part 81 of the Civil Procedure Rules

The third amendment to the Civil Procedure Rules 2020 will come into effect from 1 October 2020. Following a public consultation, extensive revisions were undertaken to condense the previous rules and to set out a uniform procedure. The new Part 81 reduces the number of rules from 38 to 10. Our specialist litigation lawyers can advise you in relation to any contempt of Court applications you may wish to issue or defend.

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Update on the Operation of the Disclosure Pilot Scheme

The DPS is intended to promote a wholesale change of culture in the approach to the disclosure process in civil litigation, with the hope that it will result in a more efficient and flexible disclosure process, tailored to the individual requirements of each case.