Who has jurisdiction and under what circumstances? – Falcon Chambers

‘This paper deals with one of life’s big questions: “why are we here?”, albeit the “here” refers to one or more of the County Court, the First Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber), and sometimes two of them at the same time.’

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Falcon Chambers, 2nd November 2020

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Service out of the jurisdiction after 31 December 2020: the end of service out without permission? – EU Relations Law

Posted November 18th, 2020 in brexit, civil procedure rules, EC law, news, service out of jurisdiction by sally

‘Until 31 December 2020, if the English court has jurisdiction to hear a claim under the Brussels Regulation (recast), the claimant does not need permission to serve the claim form out of the UK (CPR rule 6.33(2)).’

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EU Relations Law, 17th November 2020

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Setting aside judgment for non-attendance: not necessarily what you may expect – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in adjournment, civil procedure rules, default judgments, news by sally

‘In Fatima v Family Channel Ltd & Anor [2020] EWCA Civ 824, the Court of Appeal addressed an important point of principle engaging the right to a fair trial: the interplay between an unsuccessful application to adjourn a trial under CPR Part 3.1(2)(b) and a subsequent application under CPR Part 39.3 to set aside a judgment against a non-attending party. The decision clarifies whether the judge considering the Part 39.3 application is bound by the trial judge’s findings of fact, or is entitled to draw his own conclusions on the same evidence and material before the court.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th October 2020

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Do Practice Directions make perfect? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in civil procedure rules, insolvency, news, practice directions, remote hearings by sally

‘By way of introduction to this topic it is worth recalling that by the time the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016 (“IR 2016”) came into force in April 2017 the Practice Direction on Insolvency Proceedings (“IPD”) had still not been updated to take account of the reforms introduced by IR 2016. Nor had it been updated to take account of the Electronic Working Pilot Scheme in CPR Practice Direction 51O (“EWPS”). In fact, there followed a significant period during which the IPD and IR 2016 were not compatible. The delay was at least in part caused by the reforms to the court system in England and Wales that resulted in the creation of the Business and Property Courts (“B&PC”). A new Practice Direction to govern the procedure in the B&PC came into effect in October 2017 and although subsequently supplemented by other changes, it was not until 25 April 2020 that a revised IPD, compatible with IR 2016, was finally released and even this was quickly superseded by a more definitively revised IPD on 4 July 2018. However, there were some significant anomalies with regard to the intermeshing of these various procedural rules and practice directions, not least in the area of out-of-court appointments of administrators.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 7th October 2020

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New Developments in Cost Budgeting – 4 New Square

Posted October 29th, 2020 in budgets, civil procedure rules, costs, news, practice directions by sally

‘Ben Williams QC, Rob Marven QC and Benjie Fowler consider the changes to cost budgeting introduced in October 2020.’

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4 New Square, 7th October 2020

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Belsner v Cam Legal Services Ltd – Hailsham Chambers

‘In Belsner v Cam Legal Services Ltd [2020] EWHC 2755, Lavender J (“the Judge”) has held that a client (“C”) did not give informed consent to the recovery from her of a sum by her solicitors (“solicitor”) over and above the costs recovered from the defendant in litigation (“D”). As a result, the solicitors were limited to the fixed costs which they recovered from D.’

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Hailsham Chambers, 23rd October 2020

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Possession Proceedings: Where are they now? – Tanfield Chambers

‘When the stay on possession proceedings first came into force on 27 March 2020, it appeared to be a straight-forward (albeit blunt) tool to help the Courts manage the effects of the Coronavirus.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 5th October 2020

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Court orders costs repayment after client did not consent to deduction – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Fee-recovery lawyers say millions of clients could stand to benefit from a court judgment which reduced legal fees deducted from compensation.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 19th October 2020

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Falling over backwards, if at all: The “slip” rule and its application – Becket Chambers

Posted October 19th, 2020 in chambers articles, civil procedure rules, judgments, news by sally

‘Every now and then, a court may make an “error” when giving judgment and making an order. There are circumstances where the judgment or order can be amended without giving notice to the other side and without the need for another hearing, but parties must be careful to ensure any amendments reflect the original intention of the court at the time the judgment and the order were given.’

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Becket Chambers, 13th October 2020

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Amendments to Costs Budgeting Rules Coming into Force on 1st October 2020 – St John’s Chambers

‘As of 1st October 2020 several amendments to the costs budgeting rules and the related Practice Direction came into force.’

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St John's Chambers, 2nd October 2020

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Contempt of Court – new rules – Transparency Project

Posted October 13th, 2020 in anonymity, civil procedure rules, contempt of court, family courts, news by sally

‘Following an earlier consultation, there has been a comprehensive rewriting of the rules of court dealing with the procedure to be adopted in relation to contempt of court.’

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Transparency Project, 10th October 2020

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Keep part 36 offers simple by using form, judge urges – Litigation Futures

Posted September 30th, 2020 in civil procedure rules, interpretation, judges, news, part 36 offers, service, time limits by sally

‘A High Court judge has told parties making part 36 offers that if they simply used form N242A “much of the difficulty” the scheme has caused litigants over the years would be avoided.’

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Litigation Futures, 28th September 2020

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Changes afoot as litigators lambast disclosure pilot – Litigation Futures

Posted September 28th, 2020 in civil procedure rules, costs, courts, disclosure, news, pilot schemes, solicitors, statistics by sally

‘Commercial litigators have vented their frustration – and in some cases anger – with the disclosure pilot in the Business and Property Courts, and changes to its rules have been put forward as a result of this and other feedback.’

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Litigation Futures, 24th September 2020

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Ban on evictions and notice periods extended in Government u-turn – St Ives Chambers

‘The stay imposed on possession proceedings was due to expire on Sunday 23 August 2020. However, in an 11th hour u-turn, Robert Jenrick announced on Friday afternoon that the ban on evictions would be extended for a further 4 weeks (taking the total ban to 6 months) in England and Wales. In a further, unforeseen twist, it was announced that a new 6 month notice period would be in place until at least 31 March 2021 (this applies to England only) in all matters save for “serious cases”, examples of which are anti-social behaviour and domestic abuse.’

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St Ives Chambers, 21st August 2020

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Courts cannot critique “uncontroverted” expert reports – Litigation Futures

‘It is not the role of the courts to subject “uncontroverted” expert reports to “the same kind of analysis and critique as if it was evaluating a controverted or contested report”, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 25th August 2020

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The position on possession – Hardwicke Chambers

‘Andrew Skelly considers the current restrictions on a landlord’s ability to recover possession, and the emergency measures set out in the Coronavirus Act 2020 that will continue to apply after the automatic stay on possession proceedings comes to an end on 23 August 2020.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th August 2020

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High Court: Counsel’s fee for ex-protocol cases not fixed – Litigation Futures

Posted August 10th, 2020 in barristers, civil procedure rules, costs, fees, news, personal injuries, valuation by sally

‘Counsel’s fees for valuing claims which fall out of the personal injury protocols are not subject to fixed costs, the High Court has ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 10th August 2020

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“Stay” no more: the future for possession claims. Practice Direction 55C (and Christmas?) – Falcon Chambers

‘First it was CPR PD 51Z. Then CPR 55.29. Not to mention Arkin v Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 620; Hackney LBC v Okoro [2020] EWCA Civ 681; TFS Stores Ltd v Designer Retail Outlet Centres (Mansfield) General Partner Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 833. Has any other element of civil procedure law, not least one with a mere 5 month lifespan, ever received consideration no fewer than three times by the Court of Appeal? Such is the significance of the coronavirus-related general stay of possession claims.’

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Falcon Chambers, 20th July 2020

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Arbitration Claims Under CPR Part 62: Is Forum Non Conveniens Relevant? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted July 30th, 2020 in arbitration, choice of forum, civil procedure rules, news by sally

‘This article reviews the recent case of Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v OOO “Insurance Company Chubb” & Ors (Rev 1) [2020] EWCA Civ 574.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 23rd July 2020

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Court of Appeal stands firm on stay of landlord possession claims – Wilberforce Chambers

‘The Court of Appeal has given important clarity and breathing space to commercial and residential tenants in its recent judgment in TFS Stores Ltd v BMG (Ashford) Ltd & Ors [2020] EWCA Civ 833 by confirming that all parts of proceedings involving a claim for possession brought by a landlord are automatically stayed.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 23rd July 2020

Source: www.wilberforce.co.uk