Multiple defendants
Multiple defendants

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

  • Multiple defendants
  • Single lawyer
  • Cooperating with other defendants
  • Claims against other defendants
  • Cross border claims
  • Adding new defendants

Brexit: The UK's departure from the EU on exit day, ie Friday 31 January 2020, has implications for practitioners considering multiple defendants in cross border litigation. For guidance, see: Cross border considerations—checklist.

This Practice Note looks at issues arising when multiple defendants (or co-defendants) are involved in proceedings. It covers single lawyers representing all defendants, the level of co-operation required between the defendants, the extent to which one defendant can make a claim against another and how to add in new defendants.

For general guidance on the contents and filing of the defence, see Practice Note: Drafting the defence.

Single lawyer

Where there is no conflict of interest, a lawyer may agree to represent more than one defendant in a claim.