BVC v EWF

Practice – Civil Litigation. The defendant was retrospectively granted an extension of time to file his application. However he had failed to establish that the courts did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter or that the claimant's service of the claim form should be set aside. The Queen's Bench Division held that the parties' centre of interests, considering their pursuit of professional activities, established a close link with England and thus, following the principle as set out in the case of eDate Advertising GmbH v X (Cases C-509/09 and C-161/10) [2012] QB 654, jurisdiction lay with the English courts. The court further held that the service of the claim form on the defendant outside the jurisdiction was valid, as there had been a good reason for serving the claim form by an alternative method.

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