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

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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Stephen qualified as a solicitor in 2005 and joined the Restructuring and Insolvency team at Lexis®PSL in September 2014 from Shoosmiths LLP, where he was a senior associate in the restructuring and insolvency team.

Primarily focused on contentious and advisory corporate and personal insolvency work, Stephen’s experience includes acting for office-holders on a wide range of issues, including appointments, investigations and the recovery and realisation of assets (including antecedent transaction claims), and for creditors in respect of the impact on them of the insolvency of debtors and counterparties.