Extension of time

The following Dispute Resolution practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Extension of time
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Compliance with time limits
  • Agreeing an extension of time with the other party/ies
  • Situations where the parties are unable to agree an extension
  • Notifying the court of the agreement
  • Service of the claim form
  • Responding to a request for an extension of time
  • Applying to the court for an extension of time
  • Applying for an extension before expiry of the time limit
  • More...

Extension of time

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The guidance detailing normal practice set out in this Practice Note may be affected by measures concerning process and procedure in the civil courts that have been introduced as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For news and other resources to assist dispute resolution practitioners working in the civil courts to understand and stay ahead of fast-moving changes necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic, see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.

The following cases demonstrate how the courts are dealing with applications for extensions of time during the pandemic:

  1. Heineken Supply Chain v Anheuser-Busch Inbev—the applicant sought an extension of time to serve reply evidence for reasons related to the pandemic, which, the applicant submitted, would necessitate an adjournment of the trial. The court granted a more modest extension than that sought, so maintaining the trial window, holding that the reasons put forward for needing the extension were, to a large part, not good reasons. In particular, the fact that a member of the solicitors’ firm was unable to work for several days due to suffering from symptoms of coronavirus was not

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