Churchill unties the ‘knotty’ problem posed by Halsey – Littleton Chambers

‘On 29 November 2023 the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the case of Churchill -v- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council [2023] EWCA Civ 1416 which seeks to resolve the difficult issues raised by the earlier Court of Appeal decision in Halsey -v- Milton Keynes General NHS Trust [2004] EWCS Civ 576 [2004] 1 WLR 3002 and specifically the controversial and much criticised comments of Dyson LJ in paragraphs 9 and 10 of his judgment in Halsey to the effect that:

“to oblige truly unwilling parties to refer their disputes to mediation would be to impose an unacceptable obstruction on their right of access to the court”…’

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Littleton Chambers, 29th November 2023