Christopher Johnson successful in bizarre CPR interpretation appeal

Ellis v the Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset Constabulary

The claimant had served his claim form and particulars of claim together, in the same envelope, by first class post. The defendant argued that the CPR should be interpreted so that the claim form was served in time, but the particulars of claim deemed served out of time. This bizarre argument had been accepted at first instance, but was rejected on appeal by HHJ Ralton, who described the defendant’s interpretation of the rules as “quite extraordinary”.

Christopher Johnson, represented the successful appellant, instructed by John Hagan and Iain Gould of DPP Law.

Full judgment available here.