I have often commented (and been surprised) by the fact that a post on preparing trial bundles is always the most popular page on this blog. Following a prompt from Dominic Regan it was interesting to watch the live feed of the Coventry case and the problems that were taking place with the different pagination of the bundles. Sedley’s Laws were making themselves known even in the highest court in the land. If problems with bundles happen at this level, how common are they throughout the other courts?
There is a short and very useful comment article by Rachel Rothwell in the Law Society Gazette which reports on a talk by Judge Simon Brown QC.
STAGGERING SAVING IN COSTS
In the recent case of Jackson -v- Thompsons & others  EWHC 218 (QB) the claimants obtained permission to serve a bundle electronically. The reduction in costs is rightly described as “staggering”.
- The printing costs would have amounted to £21,600
- The e-bundling costs amounted to £3,400.
FURTHER SAVINGS IN COSTS
Rachel reports that whilst those using paper bundles took around 15 seconds to find a page this contrasted with one second done by using the mouse.
SO WHAT HAPPENED IN COVENTRY?
I couldn’t watch the entire case, but in the (short period) I watched there were several references to different pagination systems on bundle. E-bundling has yet to arrive it seems…
- Trial Bundles, Contents and Presentation: Do you know Sedley’s laws?
- More about trial bundles: most of the stuff in them is useless (apparently)
- Useless bundles, lengthy skeletons and judicial ire.
- Costs, proportionality and getting the papers right.
- “Madness” over costs and useful trial bundles.
- Trial preparation, bundles and witness statements: the judge’s lament.
- Bundles, appeals and the art of advocacy: are poor bundles letting down your case?
- A word about bundles: more views from the bench
- Trial bundles: another view from the bench
- The importance of trial bundles again: read Legal Orange.
- Lengthy Bundles & Interim Costs: Observations from the Technology & Construction Court.