Proposed new rule would radically expand public access to court documents

The Civil Procedure Rule Committee is consulting on a revised rule 5.4C which, as currently drafted, would lead to parties’ witness statements, expert reports and skeleton arguments becoming public at a much earlier stage of proceedings than is currently the case. While it is clearly important that the press and the public should have appropriate access … Read more

High Court confirms that conscious “awareness” of a representation is an essential (and distinct) element to a claim for misrepresentation

The High Court has confirmed that a claimant’s conscious awareness or understanding of an implied representation is an essential element for a claim for misrepresentation Loreley Financing (Jersey) No 30 Limited v Credit Suisse Securities (Europe) Limited & Ors [2023] EWHC 2759 (Comm). The decision is helpful for defendants facing such claims in two particular respects: … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 14: General update

In this 14th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we look at the most recent decisions on trial witness statements, a decision on what parties can do when they have received a draft judgment under embargo, upcoming changes to the circumstances in which proceedings can be served on parties outside the jurisdiction … Read more

Party penalised in costs for disproportionate application to strike out witness evidence for non-compliance with PD 57AC

A recent High Court decision highlights the need to think carefully before applying to strike out an opponent’s witness statements, or parts of them, for non-compliance with Practice Direction (PD) 57AC (which applies to trial witness statements signed since April 2021): Curtiss v Zurich Insurance Plc [2022] EWHC 1514 (TCC). A line of authorities since … Read more

High Court decision suggests party alleging witness statement fails to comply with PD 57AC must identify specific failures

The latest in a line of High Court decisions considering Practice Direction (PD) 57AC, which applies to trial witness statements signed since April 2021, suggests that opponents should identify specific passages which they allege fail to comply with the PD if they wish the court to take action: Primavera Associates Ltd v Hertsmere Borough Council … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 13: General update

In this 13th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we give an update on recent cases relating to force majeure in the context of US sanctions, trial witness statements, draft judgments provided under embargo, and privilege, as well as cases and developments concerning cryptocurrencies. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, a … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 12: General update

In this 12th episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we outline some recent cases on witness evidence, privilege and the dangers of filing court documents on the last day for service. We also cover some decisions on jurisdiction, and finally we look at a few recent cases where the courts have had … Read more