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My client/counsel/instructing solicitor/expert witness/third party provider/other key stakeholder is unwell and unable to give instructions and/or otherwise complete work, etc eg to be able to issue prior to limitation expiring and/or to be able to give instructions, etc so as to meet any other court and/or other deadline (examples of third party providers include: the need for an approved transcript of the lower court judgment with any appellant’s notice where the client is seeking to appeal a judgment of the High Court to the Court of Appeal; translations—service/witness statements; third party disclosure providers; etc), what steps should we take?

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Produced in partnership with Kayleigh Cullis and Philip Roberts of Clarke Willmott
Published on LexisPSL on 07/04/2020

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A produced in partnership with Kayleigh Cullis and Philip Roberts of Clarke Willmott provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • My client/counsel/instructing solicitor/expert witness/third party provider/other key stakeholder is unwell and unable to give instructions and/or otherwise complete work, etc eg to be able to issue prior to limitation expiring and/or to be able to give instructions, etc so as to meet any other court and/or other deadline (examples of third party providers include: the need for an approved transcript of the lower court judgment with any appellant’s notice where the client is seeking to appeal a judgment of the High Court to the Court of Appeal; translations—service/witness statements; third party disclosure providers; etc), what steps should we take?

My client/counsel/instructing solicitor/expert witness/third party provider/other key stakeholder is unwell and unable to give instructions and/or otherwise complete work, etc eg to be able to issue prior to limitation expiring and/or to be able to give instructions, etc so as to meet any other court and/or other deadline (examples of third party providers include: the need for an approved transcript of the lower court judgment with any appellant’s notice where the client is seeking to appeal a judgment of the High Court to the Court of Appeal; translations—service/witness statements; third party disclosure providers; etc), what steps should we take?

General guidance regarding the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) on dispute resolution can be found in Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19) implications for dispute resolution.

In response to the current coronavirus pandemic, a new Practice Direction 51ZA (CPR PD 51ZA) has been implemented to make provisions for parties to agree extensions of time to comply with procedural time limits set out within the CPR, Practice Directions and court orders. CPR PD 51ZA is effective from 2 April 2020 and will cease to have effect on 30 October 2020.

CPR 3.8(4) allows the parties to agree an extension of time of 28 days for any time period specified within the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR),

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