“Courting disaster” – getting the rules on service right

Recorded on: 15/02/2022

The rules of service are fiendishly difficult and constitute the  deadliest trap in civil procedure. The law reports are full of miserable tales where a lapse has seen off what might have been a decent case – it was only in July that a £10m case failed because the claimant failed to serve the claim form properly, with the High Court observing how the claimants’ solicitors were “courting disaster” by leaving service so late. To make matters worse, a professional negligence claim then looms large.

In a ruling in June, Costs Judge Leonard observed: “The provisions of the CPR for service upon a solicitor, for service by email and for service to the right postal address should be familiar to every solicitor who conducts litigation, and as I have said the multiple errors made in purporting to serve the defendant could have been avoided with a little diligence.”

Don’t be that solicitor.

Topics that will be covered in this webinar include:

  • Identifying the correct limitation period
  • Limitation amnesties
  • Calculating time
  • The position of litigants in person
  • How, if at all, can relief be secured?
  • Service of the statement of case



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