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Corporate Members 2019-2020

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Capstones Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd DAC Beachcroft Devereux & Co Enterprise Chambers The Family Law Practice Foot Anstey (including Enable Law) Fussell Wright Gregg Latchams Ltd Guildhall Chambers Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Kelcey & Hall Lyons Davidson Marc White & Co Meade King Michelmores LLP Osborne Clarke Queen Square Chambers Simmons … more


President’s Charity of the Year – Bristol Children’s Help Society

                            The Bristol Children’s Help Society is a privately funded volunteer led charity that owns and runs Barton Camp our 100 bed residential children’s centre in the beautiful Mendip hills. Barton Camp operates through the year as a base where disadvantaged local children can enjoy a few … more


No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms including a suite of mediation rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue. There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the … more


PLEASE DON’T “HELP” US DRAFT OUR JOINT STATEMENTS


PLEASE DON’T “HELP” US DRAFT OUR JOINT STATEMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Matt Barnes, Forensic Manager

In the case of BDW Trading Ltd v Integral Geotechnique (Wales) Ltd [2018] EWHC 1915 (TCC), his Honour Judge Stephen Davies considered the conduct of an expert witness who had sent the first draft of the joint statement to his instructing solicitors for their comments.

HHJ Davies said “legal advisers should only invite the experts to consider amending any draft joint statement in exceptional circumstances where there are serious concerns that the court may misunderstand or be misled by the terms of that joint statement.”

He added that “any such concerns should be raised with all experts involved in the joint statement.”

The judgment makes it clear that “an expert may if necessary provide a copy of the draft joint statement to the solicitors… However, the expert should not ask the solicitors for their general comments or suggestions on the content of the draft joint statement and the solicitors should not make any comments or suggestions save to both experts in the very limited circumstances”.

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