Adam Korn and Thomas Jervis of Leigh Day have secured what is thought to be the first “Covid-19 Direction” displacing the normal rule under CPR 3.8(4) as a direct result of the potential practice disruptions that could be caused by the Covid-19 Pandemic.

This high value subtle brain injury case arose out of an accident caused by a defective Bianchi road bicycle where the Claimant is alleged to have suffered serious injuries.  There are 14 experts (7 instructed by either side) and it is listed for a 5 day quantum only trial next year.

Master Davison sitting in the High Court granted the Claimant’s request for permission for the parties to agree extensions of time for up to 56 days by consent without further Order from the Court in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic.  This direction was specifically sought by the Claimant’s representatives in the absence of any formal guidance by the Civil Procedure Rules in light of the Covid-19 Pandemic.   It is not yet known exactly how Covid-19 may affect the operation of the Court system in the UK, however the media has reported how it has already started to affect the practice of Courts in other jurisdictions. For example, the US Supreme Court has already started delaying important hearings listed in late March and early April 2020 due to Covid-19.

At present, the general position under CPR.3.8(4) is that parties can only agree up to 28 day extensions of time providing that any such extension does not put at risk any hearing date.

For help or advice please call +44 (0)20 7242 3555 or complete 
the form below

A member of the Clerking team will help you resolve your request.

  • This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.
  • For Direct Access please fill out the form on the Direct Access page.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, please call Chambers mainline number +44 (0)20 7242 3555 and you will be directed to the out of hours phone lines.

As a direct access client, please visit our direct access page and complete the initial form, a member of the clerking team will then be in touch to discuss the next steps.

Choosing the right barrister for your case can be difficult, with so many to choose from. Our clerks will be happy to guide you with your choice. Their wealth of knowledge and experience will help you decide the right barrister not just for the case but someone who will work with you.

Some barristers have the ability to “conduct litigation” for direct access clients. Our clerks will be able to assist you as to which of our members are trained and accredited to do so.

Please visit our direct access page for the initial steps on instructing a barrister, or contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7242 3555.

Search

Shortlist Builder

Close

Select the legal expertise that you would like to download or add to the shortlist

Download Add to shortlist
Shortlist close
Title CV Email

Remove All

Download


Click here to email this list.