Justin Valentine considers the participation of vulnerable parties or witnesses in litigation

4th May 2021

On 6th April 2021, CPR Part 1, the Overriding Objective, was amended by the addition of CPR 1.6 and Practice Direction 1A which makes provision for how the court is to give effect to the overriding objective in relation to vulnerable parties or witnesses. At a CCMC on 9th April 2021, in what must be one of the first hearings at which the new PD was considered, the Claimant succeeded in preventing the Defendant instructing their favoured psychiatric expert in a historic sexual abuse case on the basis of the new provisions.

Justin Valentine, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Barrister considers the participation of vulnerable parties or witnesses in litigation.

Read full article: Case note: Opposing the instruction of Defendant’s proposed expert at CCMC. 

Justin specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. He has significant experience in multi-track workplace claims, claims involving vulnerable road users and claims involving bullying and assault.  In the clinical negligence context he has a particular expertise in birth injury and neo-natal claims. Read more here.

If you would like to instruct Justin on any related matter, please contact his clerks  or call 0117 923 4740.