The Liver Building

Civil Procedure Update with Helen Swaffield


Speaker: Helen Swaffield

Date: Tuesday 3rd November, 2020

Time: 10:00 - 14:30

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation


Course Code: S4410


This is the annual round up of new cases which change the litigator’s approach to practice.

  • Fixed costs: the MOJ response to Briggs
  • Fixed intermediary costs in multi-track and the end of budgeting
  • Issue based costs orders
  • Indemnity costs
  • Part 36 and Calderbanks
  • Service of proceedings
  • Amendments to statements of case
  • Disclosure – the pilot’s future
  • Inspection
  • Privilege – how not to lose it
  • Summary judgment
  • Security for costs
  • Interim payments
  • Default judgments- new rules on set aside
  • Service overseas after Brexit
  • Witness statements
  • Experts letting the side down
  • Pre-trial preparation
  • ADR and sanctions

Speaker Biographies

Helen Swaffield is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience in commercial litigation. Within her practice at St Ives Chambers, Birmingham, Helen works with government bodies and leading firms of solicitors on a range of commercial and in-house projects and advice. Helen is the Editor of the Commercial Litigation Journal and the Procurement and Outsourcing Journal both published by Legalese and is a regular legal Commentator and Broadcaster.


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