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The 2017 White Book Service includes:
- The third edition of Costs & Funding following the Civil Justice Reforms: Questions & Answers. Depending on which format of the White Book 2017 you choose, your free copy will be delivered in the same format: it will be published in print, as an eBook using the award-winning Proview app, and online with the White Book on Westlaw.
- The Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 (SI 2017/95) and the CPR 88th Update make changes to a number of Rules and Practice Directions, including Part 3 - The Courts Case & Costs Management Powers following the Court of Appeal Judgment in SARPD Oil International Limited v Addax Energy SA in respect of the cost budgeting rules; Part 3 is also amended to reflect a policy change in the collection and refund of hearing fees: hearing fees will no longer be automatically refunded where parties settle the claim before trial. An amendment to Part 45 is made as part of a package of amendments ensuring that costs in Aarhus Convention claims are not “prohibitively expensive”. Amendments are made to Part 68 – References to the European Court to make clear the precise nature of the wording of references and format in which they must be submitted. The Practice Direction is substituted.
- The 87th CPR Update introduced a new Practice Direction 31C (Disclosure and Inspection in relation to Competition Claims), which comes into force the day the Claims in respect of Loss or Damage arising from Competition Infringements (Competition Act 1998 and Other Enactments (Amendment)) Regulations 2017 (the 2017 Regulations) come into force. It makes provision for specific disclosure and inspection procedures for competition law claims further to the Damages Directive (Directive 2014/104/EU).
- Part 52 (Appeals) - brand new commentary has been written to take account of changes made by the Civil Procedure (Amendment No.3) Rules (SI 2016/788) and pre-3 October 2016 sections where relevant.
- Part 6 (Service) - a new section of standalone commentary on the heads of jurisdiction (‘HJ’) as set out in para 3.1 of Practice Direction 6B (Service out of the Jurisdiction) has been added. The new commentary will sit after PD6B alongside its companion commentary, ‘Notes on Rules of Jurisdiction in the Judgments Regulation (Recast)’.
- Costs – a new ‘Short Guide to the Costs Rules’ included alongside the Costs rules pre-April 1, 2013 destination table before Part 44, and editorial amendments made to the Summary Assessment of Costs 2005.
- Practice Note to PD 51O (on paragraph 3.4(2))
- Pre-Action Protocols – a second edition of the Protocol for Construction & Engineering Disputes