Court of Appeal: 'back to basics' lessons on drafting pleadings

The judgment in Hague Plant Limited v Hague & ors [2014] EWCA Civ 1609 [2014] All ER (D) 134 (Dec) is a useful reminder to parties of the purpose of pleadings, namely to help the court and the parties by including a concise statement of the facts on which the relevant party relies (CPR 16.4(1)(a)). They should ‘clarify rather than obscure the issues’. Although pleadings are used to a lesser extent in insolvency litigation, the reminder in this case will undoubtedly have some application to other documents.

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