With Neil Jamieson
The Court of Appeal recently heard several appeals regarding the rules for serving claim forms (CPR Part 6). In their judgments, their Lordships emphasised (in our view correctly), that claimants should be able to rely upon their solicitors to serve claim forms validly and encouraged judges to take a dim view of mistakes made by solicitors, particularly those who leave service until the last minute when the expiry of the limitation period is approaching or has expired.