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Notification of Bristol Law Society AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Bristol Law Society will take place virtually on Tuesday 17 November.  Attendees will be able to join from 5.45pm and the meeting will start promptly at 6pm.  If you wish to attend, please email events@bristollawsociety.com and the joining details will be forwarded to you a few days before the meeting. Please see below all the … more


Corporate Members 2020

3PB Albion Chambers Ashfords Barcan + Kirby Burges Salmon Clarke Willmott Cooke Painter Ltd Clyde & Co 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 MS Rubric Osborne Clarke … more


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

Please note that the BLS office is shut to members at present as we continue to work from home during the pandemic. We can be contacted on info@bristollawsociety.com. In the meantime, our office is now operating as the Bristol Nightingale Court and accordingly, we are unable to hire out our facilities until further notice. (Oct 2020) Bristol Law Society’s suite … 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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