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private secretary and legal adviser to the Chancellor of the High Court is currently accepting responses to the consultation on the shorter and flexible trials pilot schemes for cases in the Rolls Building (namely the TCC, Chancery Division and the
Commercial Court in London).
The aim of the proposals is to achieve
'speedy but fair justice at a reasonable and proportionate cost. They should also help to foster a change in litigation culture which involves the recognition that comprehensive disclosure and a full, oral trial on all issues is often not necessary for
justice to be achieved. That recognition will in turn lead to significant savings in the time and costs of litigation.'
The consultation period ends on 29 May 2015.
The proposed pilot schemes are for claims proceeding in the Rolls Building, namely the:
This proposed pilot scheme would be for:
Note: the draft Practice Direction lists the sorts of cases for which the scheme would not generally be suitable
It would involve a 'streamlined procedure' leading to judgment within a year of proceedings being issued, thereby offering commercial parties 'dispute resolution on a commercial timescale'.
It is proposed the streamlined procedure largely be achieved through:
This pilot scheme allows the parties, by agreement, to adapt court procedures, mainly in relation to evidence, 'to suit their case and encourages the use of a more simplified and expedited procedure than the full trial procedure currently provided for'.
This is to be done through limiting:
Further information can be found in the links. Responses to the Consultation Document should be sent to Vannina Ettori by 29 May 2015.
Free trials are only available to individuals based in the UK
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Virginia specialises in general domestic and international commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Virginia trained, qualified and practiced with Pinsent Masons before moving to Marriott Harrison where she continued in practice for a further seven years.
In practice, Virginia acted in a variety of general commercial disputes covering areas including intellectual property, fraud, defamation, misrepresentation, breach of contract, debt recovery, breach of restrictive covenants and company and shareholders’ disputes.
Virginia is Head of Dispute Resolution at Lexis®PSL and, when not focused on the strategic development and operational requirements of the Dispute Resolution module, her content work focuses on case management and evidence in civil litigation. She also regularly contributes to the LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Blog.
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