Author Archives: gexall

ATTEMPTING TO RELY ON MATTERS WHERE PERMISSION TO AMEND HAD BEEN REFUSED: A BRIDGE TOO FAR

In Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd v Sarens (UK) Ltd [2018] EWHC 751 (TCC) the court rejected an attempt by a party to argue a case which had not been pleaded.   The defendant had been refused permission to amend its defence and counterclaim and sought a “backdoor” method to introduce similar issues. The attempt failed. “Where the […]

“MISSING WITNESSES”- THE INFERENCES TO BE DRAWN: THE USE OF YOUR OPPONENT’S WITNESS STATEMENTS – ITS ALL OR NOTHING

In Property Alliance Group Ltd v The Royal Bank of Scotland Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 355 the Court of Appeal considered, amongst other things, two issues relating to witness evidence.  Firstly in relation to the inferences a court should draw from missing witnesses. Secondly whether a party, applying to adduce a witness statement from their opponent, […]

WITNESS STATEMENTS: SAYING “I AGREE WITH HIM” IS HARDLY GOOD PRACTICE

Large number of litigants pay large amounts of money to their lawyers to draft witness statements. This blog often documents the problems caused by witness statements that are simply inadequate. The issues of inadequate witness statements is seen again in the judgment of Mr Justice Fraser in Imperial Chemical Industries Limited -v- Merit Merrell Technology […]

WITNESS STATEMENTS: SAYING “I AGREE WITH HIM” IS HARDLY GOOD PRACTICE

Large number of litigants pay large amounts of money to their lawyers to draft witness statements. This blog often documents the problems caused by witness statements that are simply inadequate. The issues of inadequate witness statements is seen again in the judgment of Mr Justice Fraser in Imperial Chemical Industries Limited -v- Merit Merrell Technology […]

ADJOURNMENTS, ILL HEALTH, FAIRNESS AND THE DENTON PRINCIPLES: COURT OF APPEAL UPHOLDS CASE MANAGEMENT DECISIONS

In Dove -v- London Borough of Havering [2017] EWCA Civ 156 the Court of Appeal considered a number of procedural issues prior to giving judgment on the substantive point.  The defendants argued that they should have been granted an adjournment of the trial. The judge rejected that application. The judge’s decision was upheld by the Court […]

CHANGES TO THE DISCOUNT RATE: THE PRACTICAL IMPACT & THE STEPS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN

Originally posted on Zenith PI: PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION IN PRACTICE:
Today the government announced a change in the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%. This has a major impact upon the way that schedules for future loss are calculated. PRACTICAL STEPS The practical steps that need to be taken include: Check and revise any existing…

THE SITE HAS MOVED: MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING UPDATES FROM THE NEW SITE

CLB moved to  a new site last week.  All of those who subscribe by email should continue to get updates.  However there could be a problem if your email system does not recognise the new sender and, in some cases, the new email updates have been blocked as spam. If you are not getting the […]