Commercial Court finds witness evidence less reliable where witnesses did not refresh memories from contemporaneous documents

In a recent decision, the Commercial Court has rejected a party’s witness evidence on a key issue, commenting that the fact the witnesses did not refresh their memories from contemporaneous documents meant their evidence was “far less likely to be reliable than it might otherwise have been”: Global Display Solutions Ltd v NCR Financial Solutions … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 7: General update

In this seventh episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we consider: developments relating to disclosure and witness evidence, including an update on reforms in both areas; some recent cases relating to class actions; and the impact of Brexit in the insolvency context. This episode is hosted by Anna Pertoldi, a partner in … Read more

Commercial litigation podcast series – Episode 6: General update

In this sixth episode of our series of commercial litigation update podcasts, we briefly outline the impact of Brexit on disputes and dispute resolution clauses, focusing on practical points for commercial parties. We also look at some developments on privilege and funding, as well as an update on witness evidence reform, and finally we consider … Read more

Witness evidence reforms approved in principle and likely to come into force April 2021

Proposals for a new Practice Direction and Appendix governing the preparation of witness statements for trials in the Business and Property Courts, which were recently approved by the Business and Property Courts Board, have now been approved in principle by the Civil Procedure Rule Committee. There are some final points of drafting still being considered, … Read more