March 30, 2020

COVID-19 UK: Practicalities of personal injury litigation

The court system in England and Wales has attempted to retain a sense of normality and progression during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, with the necessary and increased use of video/audio hearings part of those efforts.

Nonetheless, HCMTS announced that the work of courts and tribunals will be consolidated into fewer buildings as of Monday 30th March 2020, and bearing this and other issues in mind, the practicalities of operating a functioning caseload will pose very different challenges for legal representatives than usually expected.

Whilst there remains an absence of any wide-ranging and general suspension of particulars classes of action or protocol periods, litigated claims must proceed in some form.  We have produced the attached document setting out the issues we consider to be facing legal representatives and looking at how they may be resolved.