Multiple defendants

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

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

Multiple defendants

This Practice Note looks at issues arising when multiple defendants (or co-defendants) are involved in domestic 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 Notes: Drafting the defence—formalities and Drafting the defence—drafting tips.

Single lawyer

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

Cooperating with other defendants

Co-defendants should be represented by separate lawyers where there is a potential

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