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How do you draft a N1 Claim form when you have a large number of claimants?

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Published on LexisPSL on 15/09/2015

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • How do you draft a N1 Claim form when you have a large number of claimants?
  • Completion of the N1 form

How do you draft a N1 Claim form when you have a large number of claimants?

We have assumed for the purpose of this Q&A that you are not referring to group litigation, rather a single cause of action with multiple claimants arising from the same facts.

This Q&A refers to completion of standard court Form N1 where there are multiple defendants. This form is generally used for commencement of proceedings as set out in CPR Part 7 and CPR PD 7A.

Part 4 of CPR PD 7A provides some guidance on multiple parties:

‘4.1 The claim form and every other statement of case, must be headed with the title of the proceedings. The title should state:

(1) the number of the proceedings,

(2) the court or Division in which they are proceeding,

(3) the full name of each party,

(4) each party's status in the proceedings (ie claimant/defendant).

(Paragraph 2.6 of Practice Direction 16 sets out what is meant by a full name in respect of each type of claimant.)

4.2 Where there is more than one claimant and/or more than one defendant, the parties should be described in the title as follows:

(1) AB

(2) CD

(3) EF

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