- The dangers of multiple extensions of time for service of a claim form (Al-Zahra (PVT) Hospital and others v DDM)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
- Case details
Dispute Resolution analysis: This case highlights the dangers for practitioners in seeking multiple extensions of time for service, especially where such extensions are sought at, or after, the expiry of limitation and are insufficiently supported by evidence. Seeking extensions without notice is legally risky, and may result in adverse outcomes. Even where an application is successful, it is necessary to then move promptly to serve. Reliance should not be placed on the possibility of further extensions of time. Lack of urgency on the part of solicitors in pursuing service may well lead to failure of an application to extend. Written by Angharad Parry, barrister at Twenty Essex.
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