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The provisions relating to change of solicitor are important because, where a party's address for service is given as being that party's solicitor's business address, that solicitor will be considered to be acting for that party until the provisions in CPR 42 and CPR PD 42 have been complied with (CPR 42.1(1)). One of the practical realities of this is that a party's solicitor's business address remains that party's address for service until:
notice of change is filed and served on every other party, or
the court makes an order that the solicitor has ceased to act
Note: the meaning of 'solicitor' for the purposes of CPR 42 is set out in CPR 6.2(d) and includes any person authorised to conduct litigation under the Legal Services Act 2007.
Notice is required when:
there is a change of solicitor
a party appoints a solicitor having previously acted in person
a party who was previously represented by a solicitor intends to act in person
serve notice of change of solicitor (Form N434) on every other party. Note: where a party intends to change their solicitor or act in person having previously been represented, they will also have
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