REUTERS | Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Delegation could still be the name of the game for litigants in person who instruct a third party to effect service of a claim form. The recent Court of Appeal judgment of Ndole Assets Ltd v Designer M&E Services UK Ltd goes very little way in providing clarity for parties with litigants in person on the opposing side. Continue reading

REUTERS | Ognen Teofilovski

When the CPR were introduced they changed the rules about the content of a defence. Under the former Rules of the Supreme Court it had been possible to put a claimant to proof of everything in the particulars of claim by means of a general “traverse”. Some readers may feel that they have never seen a general “traverse”, but they will undoubtedly have seen the standard provision near the start of many defences that is the residue of the old practice. A classic such provision would state that throughout the defence where a matter is neither admitted nor denied, the claimant is required to prove it. Continue reading

REUTERS | Hannah Mckay

After a voluntary pilot period and a delayed implementation date, the electronic bill of costs was formally introduced in April 2018. With it came a general confusion and steep learning curve that we have not experienced in the legal costs profession since the 2013 Jackson reforms. As a so-called “millennial” and recently qualified costs lawyer, there was certainly pressure to get on the e-bill train and champion the new systems and technology-based approach. However, as with most things, the reality is that change still takes time. Continue reading

REUTERS | Carlo Allegri

In Griffin Underwriting Ltd v Varouxakis (Free Goddess), the parties agreed a litigation moratorium following the filing by the defendant of an acknowledgment of service indicating that he intended to contest jurisdiction. At the time of entering the moratorium, the defendant had one day left in which to bring his challenge. Continue reading

REUTERS | Ricardo Moraes

In any financial services sector, you will find a spectrum of companies with different credentials. At one end of the spectrum there will be legitimate entities, highly experienced companies serving the needs of their client base and moving the industry forward. However, at the other end there will be those less credible outfits that can damage client confidence and cast a shadow over the industry. Continue reading