Late amendments to statements of case—key decisions
Late amendments to statements of case—key decisions

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

  • Late amendments to statements of case—key decisions
  • Examples of judicial approach to 'late' and 'very late' amendments

This Practice Note should be considered in conjunction with Practice Notes: Amending a statement of case and Late amendments to statements of case—the court's approach.

This table focuses on the key decisions regarding applications to amend statements of case under CPR 17 that are considered to be late or very late applications and the court’s approach to such applications.

Examples of judicial approach to 'late' and 'very late' amendments

Case details and analysis Issues considered
Kensington Mortgage Company Ltd v Mallon [2019] EWHC 2512 (Ch)
27 September 2019
News Analysis: Courts’ approach to late amendments to pleadings (Kensington Mortgage Company Ltd v Mallon and others)
The High Court rejected an appeal of a County Court decision to refuse to consider an additional argument first raised by a defendant at trial and refuse an application at trial to amend pleadings to include that additional argument.
Slater & Gordon (UK) 1 Ltd v Watchstone [2019] EWHC 2371 (Comm)
6 September 2019
News Analysis: Amending a claim to allege beach of confidence (Slater & Gordon v Watchstone)
The court permitted a defendant to make a counterclaim against the claimant just over a month before trial and