- Defences—must deal with every allegation, general denials are not acceptable (Patel and another v Patel and others)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Dispute Resolution analysis: In this case, the court examined whether defences, which did not plead to individual allegations of fact, but instead set out a bare denial, met the requirements of CPR Part 16.5 (even where, as was common ground, the defences, if proved, would give rise to a complete defence to the claims). The court gave guidance on the correct approach to be taken and the remedy where a breach of CPR Part 16.5 had occurred. Written by Oliver Browne, partner and chair of the London Litigation & Trial Department at Latham & Watkins.
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