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At what stage are proceedings deemed to have finished in the context of a split trial? Do they end after the preliminary issue (for example liability) has been determined or only after all other issues (eg quantum) have been decided?

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Published on LexisPSL on 19/09/2016

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  • At what stage are proceedings deemed to have finished in the context of a split trial? Do they end after the preliminary issue (for example liability) has been determined or only after all other issues (eg quantum) have been decided?
  • Part 36 offers
  • Appeals
  • Costs and funding

At what stage are proceedings deemed to have finished in the context of a split trial? Do they end after the preliminary issue (for example liability) has been determined or only after all other issues (eg quantum) have been decided?

Pursuant to CPR 3.1(2)(i), the court has the power to order ‘a separate trial of any issue’ that arises during proceedings. Such a split trial will often occur in proceedings relating to commercial or construction disputes, particularly to deal with issues of liability before considering quantum.

Part 36 offers

In the context of Part 36 offers, as indicated in Practice Note: Part 36 offers—split trial cases, a case is 'decided' and proceedings are deemed to end when all issues in the case have been determined, whether at one or more trials.

Issues with Part 36 offers and split trials in the context of awarding costs was highlighted in Ted Baker v AXA, where a Part 36 offer had been made which did not contain specific provision to cover the situation of split trials. At the conclusion of the trial on liability, only the judge, alive to the possibility that Part 36 offers might have been made, but not being in a position to direct that he could be told of their existence and/or their terms, refrained from

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