Lord Chancellor v Taylor Willcocks Solicitors and others

Practice – Civil litigation. The proceedings concerned an appeal against the master's refusal to grant relief from sanction by extending time to serve particulars of claim. At the time the master considered the matter, he had relied solely on the guidance in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers Ltd([2014] 2 All ER 430) (Mitchell), as the judgment in Denton v White(154 ConLR 1) (Denton) had not yet been handed down. The Queen's Bench Division, in dismissing the claimant's appeal, held that the master had applied the Mitchell guidance correctly and his decision stood up to scrutiny, even when studied alongside the later, amplified, Denton guidance.

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