Part 18 requests for further information (CPR 18)
Part 18 requests for further information (CPR 18)

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

  • Part 18 requests for further information (CPR 18)
  • What is a Part 18 request?
  • When is a matter 'in dispute in the proceedings'?
  • What is considered to be 'reasonably necessary and proportionate'?
  • Timing of a Part 18 request
  • Drafting a Part 18 request
  • Serving a Part 18 request
  • Responding to a Part 18 request
  • Objecting to a Part 18 request
  • Applying to the court for an order under Part 18
  • more

This Practice Note provides guidance on when to make a request for further information under CPR 18, the timing of the request, what information you need to provide when drafting the request and how to make an application for a court order that the requested information be provided if such information is not forthcoming. Guidance is also provided on when a request will be considered to be 'reasonably necessary and proportionate' and/or relevant to ‘matters in dispute’, how to respond or object to a request and also on complying with such an order.

This Practice Note provides guidance on the interpretation and application of the relevant provisions of the CPR. Depending on the court in which your matter is proceeding, you may also need to be mindful of additional provisions—see further below.

In this Practice Note the following terms are used:

  1. the first party—the party making the request

  2. the second party—the party receiving the request

What is a Part 18 request?

Where a party has been served with a statement of case and a review raises concerns that the statement of case does not set out the other side’s case with sufficient clarity or detail, a request for further information can be made under CPR 18 (CPR 18.1(1)). The request must be concise and confined to matters which are reasonably necessary and