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New year resolutions: Be prepared, organise paperwork, respect deadlines

14 January 2014

As I collected my thoughts waiting for my wife in a shopping centre last month, I listened to The Twelve Days of Christmas.
I thought I would offer my own version, in the hope that one
or two verses will come true
in 2014.

On the first day of Christmas, more and then more solicitors sent to the court witness statements that contained pagination of the statement and exhibits CPR32PD19.

On the second day of Christmas, more and then more solicitors sent to the court applications for relief from sanctions that contained an estimate of the length of hearing that included time for the judge to hear the application and to read the court file in advance and then to hand down a judgment, PD23A CPR Part 23.

On the third day of Christmas, more and then more solicitors sent to the court bundles of documents that complied with practice direction 27A s...

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