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When and how may I change a party name?

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Published on LexisPSL on 20/08/2015

The following Dispute Resolution Q&A provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • When and how may I change a party name?
  • I have misspelled a party name—what should I do?
  • I have got the wrong party or need to add to add another party—what should I do?
  • What's the relationship between CPR 17.4(3) and CPR 19.5(3)(a)?

Do you need to:

  1. amend a party's name in a statement of case to correct an mistake as to the party's name, or

  2. add or substitute a new party or parties to the proceedings?

The rules governing when and how a statement of case may be amended are contained in CPR 17 and CPR PD 17. See Practice Notes: Amending a statement of case—introduction and costs and Late amendments to statements of case—the court's approach.

The rules governing when and how parties may be added or substituted are set out in CPR 19 and CPR PD 19. See Practice Note: Adding (joinder) and substituting parties.

However, the court's power to grant permission to amend a statement of case pursuant to CPR 17.3 is subject to:

  1. CPR 17.4—amendments to statements of case after the end of the limitation period

  2. CPR 19.2—adding and substituting parties before the end of the limitation period

  3. CPR 19.5—adding and substituting parties after the end of the limitation period

I have misspelled a party name—what should I do?

If you've simply misspelled a party's name in a statement of case that has a

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