Service outside England and Wales—documents other than the claim form

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

  • Service outside England and Wales—documents other than the claim form
  • Service in Scotland or Northern Ireland—all documents
  • Service outside the UK—particulars of claim
  • Service outside the UK—documents to be served by a defendant in another defendant
  • Service outside the UK—documents to be served by the claimant on a defendant
  • Other documents where the defendant files an acknowledgment of service form
  • Other documents where the defendant does not file an acknowledgment of service form
  • Service outside the UK—application notices served on a non-party
  • Service outside the UK—application notices and service on a party
  • Anti-suit injunction application
  • More...

Service outside England and Wales—documents other than the claim form

Service in Scotland or Northern Ireland—all documents

Where the party has given an address for service in Scotland or Northern Ireland, the court’s permission to serve documents at that address is not required (CPR 6.38(3)).

Service outside the UK—particulars of claim

Generally when serving a claim form outside England and Wales, the particulars of claim will be served at the same time. However, where this is not the case, CPR 6.38(2) provides that there is no requirement for the claimant to seek permission to serve the particulars of claim outside the jurisdiction if:

  1. the court has already given permission to serve the claim form out of the jurisdiction, and

  2. the claim form states that the particulars are to follow

When obtaining the court’s permission to serve a claim form outside the UK, the court order granting permission may give permission for other documents in the proceedings to be served without the court’s permission. In such cases, the documents can simply be served out of the jurisdiction in accordance with the provisions in the court order.

Note that there is a requirement to serve the particulars of claim within the same validity period that applies to the claim form. For guidance, see Practice Note: When is the claim form valid for service?

Service outside the UK—documents to be served by a defendant

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