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Dressing down for professional negligence lawyers in protracted High Court case

06th December 2013

Now, The Solicitors Journal reports, the same judge has cited the defendant’s professional negligence lawyers as being equally complicit in offering an “object lesson in how modern litigation should not be conducted”.

Time delays on requests for disclosure have been described by the judge as “nothing more than a fishing expedition” and “entirely speculative”.

Solicitors for the defendants were described as having “no sense of urgency” in responding to the claimant lawyers’ correspondence or in issuing applications for evidence.

The judge said litigation behaviours in this case were “not acceptable”. Before going on to reject an application for additional disclosure. He ordered defendants to file and exchange expert evidence within 14 days.

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