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Is it possible for a party to join a civil claim in proceedings as an ‘interested party’? CPR 19.2.2(b) states that the court may order a person to be added as a new party, but would this addition have to be in the capacity of claimant/defendant, or could it be in the capacity of an interested party who wants to remain neutral in the proceedings but is still interested in the outcome?

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Produced in partnership with James Tunley of Lamb Chambers
Published on LexisPSL on 27/11/2019

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A produced in partnership with James Tunley of Lamb Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Is it possible for a party to join a civil claim in proceedings as an ‘interested party’? CPR 19.2.2(b) states that the court may order a person to be added as a new party, but would this addition have to be in the capacity of claimant/defendant, or could it be in the capacity of an interested party who wants to remain neutral in the proceedings but is still interested in the outcome?
  • Adding parties under CPR 19.2(2)
  • Capacity
  • Costs
  • Procedure

Is it possible for a party to join a civil claim in proceedings as an ‘interested party’? CPR 19.2.2(b) states that the court may order a person to be added as a new party, but would this addition have to be in the capacity of claimant/defendant, or could it be in the capacity of an interested party who wants to remain neutral in the proceedings but is still interested in the outcome?

Adding parties under CPR 19.2(2)

It is possible for a party to be added to a civil claim in which they have an interest. Under CPR 19.2(2), the court may order any person to be added as a new party if it is desirable to add them so that the court can resolve all the matters in dispute in the proceedings or, under CPR 19.2(2)(b): ‘there is an issue involving the new party and an existing party which is connected to the matters in dispute in the proceedings, and it is desirable to add the new party so that the court can resolve that issue’.

The court would need to consider whether it is really

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