The Court of Appeal has returned to the fall-out from the Mitchell ruling, emphasising that it will support “robust and fair” case management decisions made by first instance judges whether they grant relief or not.
The Mitchell principles do not apply to an extension of time application made before the date for compliance has passed, the High Court has ruled. Otherwise there was a risk that every order specifying a time to take a step would effectively become an unless order.
City solicitors have joined outspoken criticism of government proposals to make commercial deals with rogue states unenforceable in UK courts, arguing it will simply move overseas disputes to courts other than in London.
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So here we are, on April Fool’s Day once more, talking about the Jackson reforms. We were told that the sky would fall in, that the doors of the court would shut on many and that dole queues would be swelled by large numbers of personal injury lawyers. But I have been reporting on the legal profession long enough to know that the predictions of catastrophe that precede any major change never come to pass. The profession adapts – it always has, it always will.