Breaking news – update to previous news article…

Lord Justice Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and the Deputy Head of Civil Justice Lord Justice Richards have formally approved the new model direction as detailed in our previous article.  Text as follows:

‘The parties may, by prior agreement in writing, extend the time for directions, in the Order dated xxxxxx, by up to 28 days and without the need to apply to Court. Beyond that 28 day period, any agreed extension of time must be submitted to the Court by email including a brief explanation of the reasons, confirmation that it will not prejudice any hearing date and with a draft Consent Order in word format. The Court will then consider whether a formal Application and Hearing is necessary.’

The Clinical Negligence Model Direction used by Queen’s Bench Masters has already been changed to incorporate this new direction.

A statement has been made to

“No decision has been taken on whether there should be any general change to model directions or to standard directions under the Civil Procedure Rules. This is the subject of discussion within the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and any decision will require the approval of the Master of the Rolls.”

Thanks and acknowledgement to Kerry Underwood and Litigation Futures.